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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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ACS/AUGS year 2015 scholarship winner announced
The American College of Surgeons and the American Urogynecologic Society are pleased to announce Tanaz Ferzandi, MD as the recipient of the 2015 Health Policy Scholarship.

This scholarship will support Dr. Ferzandi's attendance and participation in the "Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management," which will take place May 31- June 6, 2015 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Additional details are available on the Brandeis University website.

Please address questions to Ms. Kate Early, the ACS Scholarships Administrator, at 312-202-5281, or

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Support the PFD Research Foundation with your donation today
Since 1998, the PFD Research Foundation has funded more than $1.5 Million in grants to support junior researchers in the field and promises innovative research regarding the causes, prevention, cure, and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Every contribution to the PFD Research Foundation builds a stronger future for female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and is a great way to honor the work and passion of those we respect.

Support the PFD Research Foundation by donating today!

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Pelvic radiation is associated with urinary fistulae repair failure and need for permanent urinary diversion
To review our experience with nonmuscle flap repairs of enterourinary fistulae and urinary cutaneous fistulae. EUF and UCF can be treated either with temporary urinary diversion allowing for healing by secondary intention or primary closure of the defect using an interposing omental, sliding, or muscle flap. Even after successful fistula repair, permanent urinary diversion can be required because of persistent urinary incontinence.
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Missing data frequency and correlates in 2 randomized surgical trials for urinary incontinence in women
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
Missing data is frequently observed in clinical trials; high rates of missing data may jeopardize trial outcome validity. We determined the rates of missing data over time, by type of data collected and compared demographic and clinical factors associated with missing data among women who participated in two large randomized clinical trials of surgery for stress urinary incontinence, the Stress Incontinence Surgical Treatment Efficacy Trial and the Trial of Midurethral Sling.
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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.

The long and short of it: Anterior vaginal wall length before and after anterior repair
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
Anterior vaginal wall length is on average 6.1 ± 1.3 cm in women with normal support and lengthened in women with cystocele. We hypothesize that AVL is reduced after anterior repair and that women with larger cystoceles will have greater reduction in AVL.
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Videourodynamic evaluation of intracorporeally reconstructed orthotopic u-shaped ileal neobladders
To study the functional outcomes of 30 patients who had previously undergone laparoscopic radical cystectomy with intracorporeal orthotopic ileal neobladder reconstruction using videourodynamic assessment 180 days postoperatively.
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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.

Perineal and vaginal tears are clinical markers for occult levator ani trauma: A retrospective observational study
Ultrasound Obstetrics Gynecology via Wiley
Levator avulsion has been shown to be associated with anterior and central compartment prolapse and is a risk factor for prolapse recurrence. Diagnosis in Delivery Suite is usually impossible as levator avulsion is commonly occult. The objective of the study was to determine if vaginal and major perineal tears are clinical markers for levator trauma as diagnosed by 4-D translabial ultrasound at 3-6 months postpartum.
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Obesity and pelvic floor dysfunction
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Obesity is associated with a high prevalence of pelvic floor disorders. Patients with obesity present with a range of urinary, bowel and sexual dysfunction problems as well as uterovaginal prolapse. Urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and sexual dysfunction are more prevalent in patients with obesity. Uterovaginal prolapse is also more common than in the non-obese population. Weight loss by surgical and non-surgical methods plays a major role in the improvement of these symptoms in such patients. The treatment of symptoms leads to an improvement in their quality of life. However, surgical treatment of these symptoms may be accompanied by an increased risk of complications in obese patients. A better understanding of the mechanism of obesity-associated pelvic floor dysfunction is essential.
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Comparison of dynamic transperineal ultrasound and defecography for the evaluation of pelvic floor disorders
International Journal of Colorectal Disease via Springer
X-ray defecography is considered the gold standard for imaging pelvic floor pathology. However, it is limited by the capability to demonstrate only the posterior pelvic compartment, significant radiation exposure, and inconvenience. Dynamic transperineal ultrasound can visualize all of three pelvic floor compartments, is free of radiation, and does not cause significant discomfort. The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of consistency between defecography and DTP-US in the diagnosis of pelvic floor deformations.
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Misconception: Except in bladder disease cases, urine is sterile
Science Codex
Bacteria have been discovered in the bladders of healthy women, which undermines the common belief that normal urine is sterile. "Clinicians previously equated the presence of bacteria in urine to infections. The discovery of bacteria in the urine of healthy females provides an opportunity to advance our understanding of bladder health and disease," said Alan Wolfe, PhD, lead author and professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, SSOM. "Physicians and researchers must reassess their assumptions surrounding the cause of lower urinary tract disorders and consider new approaches to prevent and treat these debilitating health issues."
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