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PFD Week 2015 registration is now open!
Join AUGS in Seattle, from Oct. 13-17 for the premiere of PFD Week, an expansion of the successful AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting. With the traditional two and a half days of scientific presentation and an addition of one day of clinical and surgical workshops, PFD Week 2015 is the go-to meeting for healthcare professionals interested in or actively practicing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Register by July 31 for early bird rates!
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AUGS-SGS Fellows Pelvic Research Network update
Fellows and faculty advisors are encouraged to attend the FPRN meeting at AUGS' Annual Scientific Meeting (Wednesday, Oct.14 from 3-6 p.m.) and request that you submit new study proposals before the meeting for review. The past FPRN meeting at SGS did not have any new proposals, so there is an opportunity to initiate several new studies. Those projects that are the most interesting, best developed and feasible will be selected through the voting process. Fellows that have research ideas, but are in need of assistance with project development, can contact the FPRN steering committee and the SGS or AUGS research committees. Junior and senior faculty mentors with similar research interest are willing and available to help with protocol development and can be assigned to new projects. Ideally, we would like to review new research proposals well in advance of the October 2015 meeting in order to provide feedback that will improve the chance of being selected as a FPRN study. We plan to hold a conference call approximately 2 months before the meeting to discuss current project status and new proposals.
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In order to increase the knowledge and understanding of the growing AUGS membership, AUGS created the AUGS Weekly Poll. This poll, circulated in FPMRS News, will help AUGS collect information from the membership on a variety of topics. The poll will also feature clinical questions to help members benchmark themselves with their peers. The weekly poll will allow AUGS to receive feedback that will be used by staff as well as volunteer leaders from AUGS committees and SIGs to make decisions that will benefit the membership.

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CMS Updated Conversion Factor
"Per the law signed by President Obama to Repeal and Replace the SGR and thus the updates to the conversion factor, there was a half percent update scheduled for implementation on July 1. CMS has published the new conversion factor and it is $35.9335. This is a slight increase over the current conversion factor. You will want to make sure that your practice managers are aware."

Please refer to the following New CMS Conversion Factor document on the AUGS website under Physician Reimbursement Resources.

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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.


Novel treatment of chronic bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders by OnabotulinumtoxinA injection
Chronic pelvic pain is defined as pain in the pelvic organs and related structures of at least 6 months’ duration. The pathophysiology of CPP is uncertain, and its treatment presents challenges. Botulinum toxin A, known for its antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxant activity, has been used recently to treat refractory CPP with promising results. In patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome, most studies suggest intravesical BoNT-A injection reduces bladder pain and increases bladder capacity. Repeated BoNT-A injection is also effective and reduces inflammation in the bladder.
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Bilateral sacrospinous fixation without hysterectomy: 18-month follow-up
Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association via PubMed Central
Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition in women; the incidence increases during the post-menopausal period. In POP, the bladder, uterus, and bowel can bulge into the vagina. Although this is not a life-threatening condition, it causes urinary and anal incontinence, pelvic discomfort and discomfort during sexual intercourse, which negatively affects the quality of life.
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Neuromodulation for OAB symptoms
Incontinence experts discuss the prevalence of refractory OAB and how Urgent® PC can help this undertreated population. To view the supplement:
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Quality of life in women with urinary incontinence
Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira
The aim of this study is to examine the relationship among psychological, clinical and sociodemographic variables, and quality of life in women with urinary incontinence. The sample consisted of 80 women diagnosed with urinary incontinence followed in a Northern Central Hospital in Portugal. Participants answered the Incontinence Quality of Life; Satisfaction with Sexual Relationship Questionnaire; Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales and the Brief Cope.
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Impact of overactive bladder on quality of life and resource use: Results from Korean Burden of Incontinence Study
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
To evaluate the impact of overactive bladder on quality of life, resource use and productivity loss in patients recruited from six hospitals in Korea.
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New health evidence gives women informed choice in the stress urinary incontinence surgery debate
Medical Xpress
A new Cochrane systematic review published for surgery for stress urinary incontinence makes an important contribution to an ongoing debate and will help women to make more informed choices about treatment. Inserting a mid-urethral sling, a type of tape, to support the muscles of the bladder by either the groin or abdomen results in similar cure rates. However, differences in complications and the long term need for repeat surgery mean that women will need to balance a number of different factors when choosing an operation.
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Types/timing of physical activity may up incontinence risk
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
For middle-aged women, substantially increased overall lifetime physical activity is associated with slightly increased odds of moderate/severe stress urinary incontinence, and greater strenuous activity during the teen years may modestly increase SUI risk. The findings were published in the July issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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