To Use Antibiotics or Avoid Them in OB-GYN Surgery?

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Seton-UT Dell Medical School Resident Presents Exciting New Research

Mary Rieger, MD, a second-year OB-GYN resident at Ascension Seton and The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, has presented new research that may lead to a novel use for antibiotics when treating certain wounds in Rieger-Poster-Presentation-Research-Day-050516-300x225gynecologic surgery.

The study examined gynecological infection rates and their risk factors. It showed an increased rate of infections when women had laparoscopic surgery, a higher body mass index (BMI) or diabetes.

For this group of women, current recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say not to use antibiotics before surgery to proactively fight infection for uncomplicated wounds, because there’s not enough evidence to say the drugs help. Contrary to current medical practice, however, Rieger’s research suggests antibiotics may actually be useful for these women.

This new study, led by a team of Ascension Seton and UT Dell Medical School researchers, reflects Seton’s reputation as a place of excellence for research and innovation, as well as a leader in medical advances.

Rieger and her team plan to use this new data to perform a larger future study to decide whether infection rates do decrease with the use of antibiotics. The results of further research may have important implications about future treatment of this subgroup of women seeking gynecological care.

Co-authors of the study are: Amanda White, MD; Olivia Lara, MD; Henry Robertson, PhD and Katherine Sebastian, RN, MPH.