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Advance registration for the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting ends June 30!
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Don't miss the opportunity to learn about the latest international, groundbreaking research and news at the AUGS-IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting. Join the largest venue for those in the field of urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery to come together for education, networking and sharing.

In addition to the scientific sessions, this year’s program includes: The advance registration deadline is just a few days away — June 30! Register now to save!
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Coding for Sacral Neuromodulation — Tips from the AUGS Coding & Reimbursement Subcommittee
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Coding for Sacral Neuromodulation (SNS) need not be challenging. The essence of this coding is simple: SNS is approved for use in urinary frequency and urgency (788.31 and 788.41), retention (788.20, 788.21 and 788.29) and fecal incontinence (787.60). Typically the procedure is divided into a test phase (which is coded either as CPT code 64561 if done without fluoroscopy and with a test lead, or CPT codes 64581 and 76000-26 if done with fluoroscopy guidance and a permanent lead) and the generator implant (CPT code 64590). Removal is coded by the components removed (CPT codes 64585 for removal of the electrodes, and 64595 for removal of the generator), although the Implant code covers the replacement of a generator.

Outpatient coding for programming is similarly simple. Codes for simple (i.e., 3 parameters or fewer) or complex (more than 3 parameters) are available, as well as a code for accessing the device without reprogramming (CPT 95971, 95972 and 95970, respectively). These codes should not be used during the procedures global period of 10 days for the implant of the generator. AUGS provides an educational one pager on the codes for this common FPMRS procedure on our website here.

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Coding for surgical procedures involving the use of mesh
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The AUGS Coding and Reimbursement Committee has received numerous coding questions over the years regarding how to code various surgical procedures that involve the use of Mesh. In an effort to provide education to our members, we have taken that information and combined it in the following article for your reference
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A state-of-the-art review on the evolution of urinary sphincter devices for the treatment of post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence: Past, present and future innovations
Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology via Informa Healthcare
An artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) is the only mechanical device that closely simulates the function of a biological urinary sphincter. Over the past four decades, advances in mechanical design, applications of new technology and lessons learned from clinical experience have made AMS 800 device the standard of care in post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence. While the current AMS 800 device provides an effective, safe and durable option, it is not without its limitations and complications.
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Association between pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence with collagen
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine via PubMed
The aim of the present study was to investigate the ultrastructure and content of collagen in uterosacral ligaments and paraurethral tissues in patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), analyzing the association between POP and collagen dysfunction. The study comprised three groups: Control, POP and POP with SUI (n=30 per group). Histological characteristics of collagen fiber were observed and the diameters were measured using light and electron microscopy to determine the Type I and Type III collagen content of the main ligament in the urethral specimens.
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Long-term durability, functional outcomes, and factors associated with surgical failure of tension-free vaginal tape procedure
International Urology and Nephrology via PubMed
The cure rate of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) appeared to decrease overtime, with an associated increased in the stress urinary incontinence (SUI) recurrence rate. We evaluated the long-term durability and functional outcomes of TVT and identified the risk factors that may affect recurrence.
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Characterizing the ex vivo mechanical properties of synthetic polypropylene surgical mesh
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials via PubMed
The use of synthetic polypropylene mesh for hernia surgical repair and the correction of female pelvic organ prolapse have been controversial due to increasing post-operative complications, including mesh erosion, chronic pain, infection and support failure. These morbidities may be related to a mismatch of mechanical properties between soft tissues and the mesh. T
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The influence of positioning in urination: An electromyographic and uroflowmetric evaluation
Journal of Pediatric Urology via PubMed
A conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate whether the different positions during urination influence the electrical activity of the abdominal and perineal musculature, as well as the uroflowmetric parameters of children with lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD).
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Effects of preoperative local estrogen in postmenopausal women with prolapse: A randomized trial
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism via PubMed
A randomized trial to determine the effects of local estrogen treatment on connective tissue synthesis and breakdown in the vaginal wall of postmenopausal women planning surgical repair of POP.
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Advance registration for the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting ends June 30!
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Attend the AUGS-IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting and join the largest venue for those in the field of urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery to come together for education, networking and sharing.

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Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil requests mesh implant suspension
BBC News
Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil has requested a suspension in the use of mesh implants by the NHS in Scotland, pending safety investigations.

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Coding for Sacral Neuromodulation — Tips from the AUGS Coding & Reimbursement Subcommittee
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AUGS provides an educational one pager on the codes for this common FPMRS procedure on our website here.

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Core lower urinary tract symptom score questionnaire: A psychometric analysis
International Journal of Urology via PubMed
The present study included 140 women and 125 men who filled in a core lower urinary symptom score questionnaire while attending two lectures on lower urinary tract symptoms. Missing response rates to individual questions were 1.5-5.3%. After the descriptive analyses including box plot, Cronbach's α coefficients and Spearman's ρ were calculated for reliability and validity assessment, respectively. Factor analysis was also carried out to explore the underlying structure.
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A simulation comparing the cost-effectiveness of adult incontinence products
Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing via PubMed
Adult incontinence products were purchased from local retail stores and categorized into moderate absorbency pads, moderate absorbency briefs, maximum absorbency pads, and maximum absorbent briefs. The leak point for each product was determined by applying fluid to the pad until the first drop of leakage from the pad or brief occurred. Cost-effectiveness was calculated by dividing the cost per product by the amount of fluid absorbed prior to the leak point. The leak points and cost-effectiveness of incontinence products were compared within and between categories.
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Prolapse repair fails to improve sling outcomes in OAB patients
News-Medical.net
Performing concomitant anterior compartment repair in women receiving a midurethral sling for overactive bladder does not seem to offer any additional benefit, results of a cohort study indicate. The only major predictor of clinical outcomes in the study was the development of postoperative complications, which were associated with less improvement in OAB symptoms.
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Scientists demonstrate that proteins in urine play important role in stress incontinence
News-Medical.net
Incontinence is the world's most common chronic condition. Around ten per cent of Austrians are affected by it. However the problem continues to be a taboo subject: two out of three sufferers do not talk about it, preventing access to successful treatment. Stress incontinence, in which urine is lost involuntarily when coughing, laughing or sneezing, is the most common form of incontinence, affecting 60 per cent of all cases. How it develops is largely unresearched. Scientists at the MedUni Vienna have now been able to demonstrate that proteins in the urine could play an important role.
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