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President's Perspective: Vaginal Hysterectomy — Off Life Support — Retroactive Relief for Vaginal Hysterectomy Edits
By: Amy E. Rosenman, M.D.
AUGS Goes another Round with CMS on NCCI Edits for Vaginal Hysterectomy

As we deal with the post-holiday let down, I wanted to provide AUGS members with an early Valentine.

Over the past two months, AUGS led the way, in partnership with ACOG, SGS, AUA, and SUFU, and reviewed CMS’ response to the information we presented in November 2014 regarding the vaginal hysterectomy edits. We prepared additional arguments and discussed them with CMS and NCCI staff on a January 21st conference call. CMS is still looking to implement changes as part of the April 1, 2015 NCCI Quarterly edits.
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The 2015 Call for Abstracts, Meet the Experts Roundtables, and Workshops is Now Open
AUGS is now accepting submissions for 2015 abstracts, Meet the Experts Roundtable Breakfast topics, and Workshops.
Workshop Proposals are due by February 16, 2015
Meet the Experts Roundtable submissions are due by March 2, 2015
Abstract submissions are due by April 2, 2015
Submit your work or topic for inclusion at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, PFD Week, in Seattle from Oct. 13-17, 2015.

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Introducing the Open Call Peer Review Project
In an effort to expand the universe of research viewpoints expressed in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal editors are launching an innovative pilot project: Open Call Peer Review!

Although the process for researchers to submit their latest papers to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is simple, the reviews are by invitation-only. In an effort to reach out to everyone in the FPMRS community, the journal editors are opening up the peer review process. Open Call Peer Review aims to incorporate new reviewers—and their unique perspectives—into the article selection process of our journal.

As this is a pilot project, only authors who consent to this process will have their papers included in the Open Call Peer Review project. Participation is entirely voluntary. Please note that only manuscript titles will appear on this blog; author names will not be posted nor will the manuscript itself. The manuscript titles will be posted as they become available for peer review.

Readers who are interested in becoming reviewers for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery are invited to peruse the posted manuscript titles for the Open Call Peer Review project and email Alfred Bent at In your email please include:
  • Title of the manuscript that you wish to review
  • Prior peer reviewing experience
  • Areas of expertise
  • Conflicts of interest
  • CV as attachment
Requests will be evaluated and responded to on a first-come first-served basis.

Please check this blog often for new titles posted to the Open Call Peer Review project! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed on the journal website to get news of new manuscript titles.

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Exciting 2015 research opportunities for AUGS members
AUGS, with the support of the PFD Research Foundation, has created a multi-center research network for AUGS junior faculty members. In its inaugural year, the Junior Faculty Research Network (JFRN) will conduct a study focused on neuromodulation. An advisory board of senior advisers will oversee the progress of the Network. Monthly conference calls will include research training and education topics in addition to facilitating protocol development and implementation of a multicenter research project focused on neuromodulation. Individuals from both academic and community hospitals are encouraged to participate. Applicants do not have to have a history of previous research funding, nor are they required to have been involved in multicenter studies in the past. Junior faculty members eligible for the JFRN are within 6 years of fellowship graduation. Click here for additional information.

The application period is now open for the PFD Research Foundation Grants. Foundation research funds are made available to qualified ob/gyn and urology fellows and junior faculty to pursue their research question. Goals of this research grant program are to support the completion of research projects which will lead to publication and presentation at future AUGS Annual Scientific Meetings and to support the development of junior researchers in the field who will go on to obtain additional funding for future research on pelvic floor disorders. For detailed information about the grants program and to apply, visit the PFD Research Foundation website.

The application period for both the JFRN and PFD Research Foundation Grant Cycle will close on March 2.

The AUGS Junior Faculty Research Network and the PFD Research Foundation Grants Program are made possible through the generous support of American Medical Systems, Astellas, Medtronic and our individual donors.

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ALLERGAN is continuing to research and develop new treatments for urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, that devotion is demonstrated by our considerable investment to address the continuum of care for patients with Overactive Bladder.

Comprehensive Review Course Registration is Now Open
The 2015 Comprehensive Review Course will be held in Dallas, TX from March 27-28. This course is presented by AUGS and SUFU and will provide a state-of-the-art review of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. It has been designated for 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. To register for the Review Course, or for more information, click here.
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Remember to renew your AUGS dues
It is that time of year when we reflect on our many accomplishments, consider future goals and most importantly — renew our AUGS dues. As the leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, AUGS is committed to advancing the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. Your continued membership in AUGS is vital to our ability to accomplish this mission and continue to make an impact in the lives of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

To renew your membership online, visit If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at

After you have completed the dues renewal process, please check your membership profile to verify that all contact and demographic information is correct and make any necessary updates so that other members and potential patients have the information they need to reach you. By keeping your member profile up to date, you are guaranteed access to all of the exclusive benefits an AUGS membership offers.

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Office-based Neuromodulation for OAB
Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, explains how to deliver Urgent® PC in an efficient way with shared or staggered treatments. To view the practice tip: CLICK HERE
Lantheus Proven Success
Discovering, developing and marketing innovative medical imaging agents provides a strong platform from which to bring forward new breakthrough tools for the diagnosis and management of disease.


Orthotopic neobladder reconstruction
Urology Annals via PubMed
Orthotopic neobladder reconstruction is becoming an increasingly common urinary diversion following cystectomy for bladder cancer. This is in recognition of the potential benefits of neobladder surgery over creation of an ileal conduit related to quality of life, such as avoiding the need to form a stoma with its cosmetic, psychological and other potential complications.
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ACR appropriateness criteria pelvic floor dysfunction
Journal of the American College of Radiology
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common and potentially complex condition. Imaging can complement physical examination by revealing clinically occult abnormalities and clarifying the nature of the pelvic floor defects present. Imaging can add value in preoperative management for patients with a complex clinical presentation, and in postoperative management of patients suspected to have recurrent pelvic floor dysfunction or a surgical complication.
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Effect of pelvic floor muscle exercise on pelvic floor muscle activity and voiding functions during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Neurourology and Urodynamics via Wiley
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of pelvic floor muscle exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period on pelvic floor muscle activity and voiding functions.
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The effect of pelvic factures on future stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse surgery
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
Pelvic fractures in women significantly disrupt the pelvic floor, which may cause stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Our objective was to assess the incidence of operative treatment for SUI and POP after pelvic fracture.
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Aesthetic, urological, orthopaedic and functional outcomes in complex bladder exstrophy-epispadias's management
African Journal of Paediatric Surgery
Postoperative complications are related to the surgical procedures, of failures of initial bladder closure and influence the urological, aesthetical and orthopaedic outcomes.
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Cutting an episiotomy at 60 degrees: How good are we?
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
Episiotomy is regarded as the most common maternal obstetric surgical procedure. It is associated with a significant increase in blood loss, lower pelvic floor muscle strength, dyspareunia, and perineal pain compared with a perineal tear. We tested the hypothesis that all doctors and midwives can perform an episiotomy when prompted to, specifically cut at 60° from the midline (in a simulation model).
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US judge urges settlement in transvaginal mesh lawsuits
A U.S. judge urged transvaginal mesh device makers and the women suing them to work harder to resolve their tens of thousands of lawsuits in one of the biggest U.S. mass torts in history. "I'm going to kick it into high gear and ask that you do the same," said U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia. The courtroom was packed with plaintiffs' lawyers and representatives for the key defendants, including Boston Scientific Corp, C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Inc.
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