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The Annual Call for Volunteers is Now Open! Application Deadline is May 31, 2014!
Want to get involved in AUGS? Apply for one of our many volunteer opportunities and help us shape the future of our Society. The open positions are listed below. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of available positions. All terms begin October 1, 2014.
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- Guidelines (4)
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- Fellows Education Work Group (3)
- Systematic Review Subcommittee (8-10)
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President's Perspective: AUGS Position Statement on Power Morcellation
The AUGS Guidelines Development Committee and AUGS Board of Directors have developed an AUGS Position Statement on Power Morcellation that responds to the FDA Safety communication. In this statement we endorse the ACOG Special Report and emphasize that the FDA Safety Communication was specifically addressing power morcellation for the treatment of uterine fibroids and not hysterectomy for the indication of pelvic organ prolapse (e.g. supracervical hysterectomy and mesh sacrocolpopexy). Members should also be aware of a very comprehensive review and statement written by The Tissue Extraction Task Force of AAGL which concludes that all current methods of tissue extraction should remain available.
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Pelvic Floor Dialogues — Issue 5 Now Available
Pelvic Floor Dialogues — Issue 5 is now available on VoicesforPFD.org. The newsletter is designed to update patients on the latest pelvic floor research and connect them to valuable resources.
Articles in Pelvic Floor Dialogues — Issue 5 include:
A copy of the current issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on VoicesforPFD.org. To subscribe or to request an email copy to send to your patients, please email email@example.com.
- Excess Weight Increases Your Risk of PFDs
- Women in China and Brazil Struggle with UI
- FAQs on Slings for SUI
- Women with POP Find Pessaries Helpful in Controlling Bowel Symptoms
- The Rest of the Story
Gynecological disorders in bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis patients
International Journal of Urology via Wiley
Bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis, a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder, is the source of pain in over 30 percent of female patients with chronic pelvic pain. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the most frequent associations between bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis and gynecological disorders.
Laparoscopic uterosacral ligament suspension and sacral colpopexy: Results and complications
Urology via PubMed
We describe our techniques, outcomes, and complications with laparoscopic procedures for correcting pelvic organ prolapse. We hypothesized that laparoscopic abdominal sacrocolpopexy gives better anatomic results than laparoscopic uterosacral ligament suspension, without increased complications.
Measuring echogenicity and area of the puborectalis muscle: method and reliability
Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology via Wiley
To purpose of this study was to develop a semi-automated method to assess puborectalis muscle echogenicity on 3D/4D volume transperineal ultrasound images using 4D View and Matlab® software and evaluating its intra- and interobserver reliability.
Investigation of diagnostic potentials of nine different biomarkers in endometriosis
European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology via Elsevier
In this case-controlled, prospective clinical study, 80 women underwent laparoscopy or laparotomy with a preliminary diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain, severe secondary dysmenorrhea, infertility, pelvic endometriosis or pelvic mass. The 60 women with confirmed pelvic endometriosis constituted the endometriosis group, and the other 20 women without endometriosis constituted the control group.
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased fecal incontinence symptoms
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
Vitamin D is an important micronutrient in muscle function. We hypothesize that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to fecal incontinence symptoms by affecting the anal continence mechanism. Our goal was to characterize the association of vitamin D deficiency as a variable affecting FI symptoms and its impact on health-related quality of life.
Study: 1 in 5 women will undergo pelvic surgery in her lifetime
LiveScience via Fox News
About 1 in 5 women now will undergo certain pelvic surgeries during her lifetime, nearly double the risk of having one of these surgeries in the 1990s, according to a recent study.
Researchers looked at women's likelihood of undergoing surgery before age 80 for either stress urinary incontinence (a condition that can cause urine to leak during sneezing or laughing), or pelvic organ prolapse (in which pelvic organs begin to droop within a woman's body).
Pelvic floor prolapse has unclear relationship with urinary symptoms
In women seeking treatment for pelvic floor problems, the severity of pelvic organ prolapse is not independently associated with lower urinary tract symptoms, a study by Spanish researchers has found.
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