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UI surgeon publishes promising best-selling manual

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa surgeon has authored and published an easy-to-use, step-by-step manual on procedures for examining and operating on the abdomen and gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Carol E. H. Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor and head of surgery, served as editor for the more than 600-page manual, entitled The SAGES Manual: Fundamentals of Laparoscopy and GI Endoscopy. By medical standards, the text is well on its way to becoming a best seller. More than 2,000 copies of the manual, published in October, have already been sold.

Scott-Conner produced the manual with the help of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Mary Shirazi, an Iowa City freelance medical illustrator, created most of the 170 illustrations.

The goal of the book is to help train the next generation of surgeons in laparoscopy and GI endoscopy. Laparoscopy, sometimes called "key hole" or "belly button" surgery, involves using special instruments passed into the abdomen through tiny incisions. Physicians use GI endoscopy to examine the inside of hollow portions of the GI tract, such as the esophagus, stomach or colon.

"Our goal was to make a concise, portable but comprehensive text that would cover new techniques as well as older ones," Scott-Conner said. "When I think back to the training I received in medical school and surgical residency, and compare that to the surgical techniques I use today, it is evident that much has changed."

The manual is already receiving rave reviews.

"This portable, concise, beautifully illustrated manual from the pioneering society for minimally invasive surgery provides an authoritative synopsis of the major laparoscopic and flexible endoscopic procedures in easy-to-use, outline form," according to an review.

"Step-by-step, the authors present the indications, patient preparation, operative techniques, strategies for prevention, and management of complications for a wide spectrum of both 'gold standard' and emerging procedures."