Jordan Hutchinson of Lumenis sits down with the Endometriosis Summit: Patient and Practitioner Town Meeting to chat about how laser technology can help people with endometriosis and why their company chose to partner to show the Live Feed on Facebook.
Lumenis, a manufacturer of laser technologies for the treatment of endometriosis, is sponsoring the first-ever Endometriosis Summit. Here, Jordan Hutchinson, Senior Market Development Manager for Lumenis Americas, answers questions about his company’s push for advancing treatment technologies and education, and why they chose to sponsor the Summit.
Why did Lumenis choose to sponsor the Endometriosis Summit?
First, let me say that we are honored and very excited to sponsor the Endometriosis Summit. The Summit is mutually beneficial for not only advancing technology, but also having the discussions we need to have about endometriosis in pursuit of improving patients’ quality of life.
Lumenis has been a partner in the endometriosis fight since the late 1980s, when physicians started using our CO2laser to excise endometrial lesions. Now, we have the UltraPulse Duo CO2laser with FiberLase waveguide, the best system for less invasive treatments, which gives physicians options for minimizing disruption of healthy tissue. This enables safe eradication of lesions on all internal organs in efforts to alleviate pain while preserving fertility.
CO2laser technology is coming of age in an environment where many physicians still do not know how to properly diagnose or treat endometriosis, and many patients aren’t aware of endometriosis, its symptoms, and its progressive nature. To contrast, for example (but not to minimize its importance), most people have heard about Parkinson’s Disease, which affects roughly 1 in 350 people, while endometriosis affects at least1 in 10 women of reproductive age, and it’s not a household name. At Lumenis, we talk to patients, we read the forums, and we know that many women with endometriosis continue to suffer for years without relief. This makesour efforts to spread the word quite urgent.
What is Lumenis doing now to help people get treatment for endometriosis earlier in the disease?
Our goal is to accelerate the time to diagnosis and efficiency in the treatment of endometriosis, so instead of these 10+ years of delay, we can diagnose the disease earlier, when treatment by well-trained surgeons is most effective. To achieve that goal, Lumenis is taking on an expanded hands-on role in educating physicians this year.
We’ve partnered with endometriosis specialists who patient advocates love, and we’re taking them around the country to talk to their colleagues. These experts see patients who’ve been through multiple doctors and failed treatments, so they understand the need to promote continuous improvement in medical management. Our goal is to provide education that advances endometriosis care and the paradigms of endometriosis.
Prior to working with the Endometriosis Summit, in the summer of 2018, Lumenis sponsored the first-ever Endometriosis Fellowship & Course Series in partnership with the Nezhat Family Foundation and Worldwide EndoMarch to grow the community of endometriosis experts worldwide. During the sessions, pre-med students and public health undergraduates had a rich classroom curriculum as well as opportunities to work with the UltraPulse Duo CO2laser in hands-on settings and live case observations. With today’s global shortage of endometriosis specialists, this series encouraged young students to do novel research of potential non-invasive diagnostic tests and biomarkers. We need to motivate future physicians to embrace excision and the treatment of endometriosis for their careers. The idea is to start training unbiased, future physicians in this unmet public health crisis so that they take up this cause early in their career while bolstering their medical credentials.
At the same time, we’re working hard to raise awareness among patients. So many people with endometriosis are suffering and don’t know what’s wrong. More than likely, they’ve been told that their symptoms are normal or that they’re exaggerating. That’s unacceptable. We want to reach those patients so they can get immediate help. A large part of our community education effort, Gynhealth.com, helps women learn more about endometriosis and ask their doctors the right questions.
What are you most looking forward to at the first-ever Endometriosis Summit?
We spend as much time as we can out in the world, talking to physicians and to patients with endometriosis, so this event is really special and exciting. This is a startup event, with a new town hall style panel concept that puts patients, doctors, patients, and advocates in the same room, discussing state-of-the-art therapies and future directions in endometriosis care. These are the kind of discussions we need to have and these are the people who need to be involved. To expand the reach of the Endometriosis Summit, Lumenis will live-stream it on @LumenisGYN Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LumenisGYN/videos/2226057704321969/
#knowendometriosis, #endometriosisisreal, #EndoSummit2019.
Personally, I’m looking forward to hearing a diversity of ideas. Not everyone approaches treatment the same way, not every patient has the same treatment experience, and having a dialog and debate is a great way of honing best practices. With efforts like The Endometriosis Summit that bring people together, regulatory bodies will be influenced to establish better protocols and align healthcare costs for properly diagnosing and treating endometriosis. The goal is for patients to get excellent care, no matter which doctor they see or what questions they ask, and repeatable processes are the only way that can happen.
See you on the live-stream on March 3! Link is live, streaming begins at 830am. Looking forward to this landmark day.
The Live Feed will be shared in Nancy's Nook, Extra Pelvic Not Rare, EndoInvisible, onto Center for Endometriosis Care, Endometriosis Research Center, Endo What, Sallie Sarrel, Physical Therapist: Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Management, Andrea Vidali MD Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Miscarriage, and throughout Brazil, and Australia. Plus many many more Facebook pages and groups. Grab the link and share then pop on and say Hi to Jordan and the Endometriosis Summit Faculty including Dr. Vidali, Heather Guidone, Dr. John F. Dulemba, Dr. Malcolm Mackenzie and many more at https://www.facebook.com/LumenisGYN/videos/2226057704321969/