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Meet the new AUGS Board Members!
By: Amy E. Rosenman, MD
We had an outstanding group of nominees for this year's election cycle. I would like to thank all of the candidates for submitting applications. AUGS relies on the dedication of its volunteers to support and advance the society's mission of promoting the highest patient care through excellence in education, research, and advocacy.

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2015 AUGS Board Ballot. Dr. Charles R. Rardin was elected Vice President, Dr. Raymond T. Foster was elected Treasurer, and Drs. Rony Adam and Mikio Nihira were elected to serve as Directors-at-Large. Dr. Karen Noblett was selected by the Board of Directors to serve as the Foundation Vice Chair. All terms begin on Oct. 17, 2015.
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ACS/AUGS Scholarship recipient Tanaz Ferzandi recounts her experience
Each year, the American College of Surgeons and American Urogynecologic Society offer a shared scholarship open to U.S. members in good standing of both organizations to support attendance and participation in the "Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management" at Brandeis University. Tanaz Ferzandi, MD, the recipient of the 2015 Health Policy Scholarship, recounts her experience for AUGS.

After several years as a trainee, I was ready to start my career and eagerly forged ahead to take care of patients. While I felt secure in my clinical and surgical training, nothing prepared me to face the reality of health care as we know it, and its continuing evolution. The days of "fee for service" are being heralded in eulogies and new forces are in play to design health care, while physicians are often not part of the discussions. So, how does one navigate in the new era of medicine? I soon realized that we are mired in a world of changing policy, and in order to be a leader and advocate for physicians, one must speak "the language."

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In memoriam — Dr. Marvin H. Terry Grody
Dr. Marvin H. Terry Grody, a nationally renowned gynecologist, died peacefully at his home in Philadelphia on July 7, 2015. He had attained world-wide recognition as an innovator and dynamic educator in the evolving areas of gynecology dealing with vaginal, pelvic reconstructive, and urogynecologic surgery.

Dr. Grody was born on April 27, 1922, in Hartford, CT. He was the son of Shirley (Myerowitz) Grody and George Everett Grody of Hartford, CT. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Susan Brownstein Grody, of Philadelphia, PA, two sons, Jeffrey Grody and his wife, Marilyn, of West Hartford, CT, Miles Grody and his wife, Lynn, of Potomac, MD, and a daughter, Erica Grody Levens and her husband David Levens, of South Salem, NY. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Jessica, Andrea and Brandon Grody of West Hartford, CT, Max and Charles Grody of Potomac, MD, and Philip and Terrence Levens of South Salem, NY. In addition, he leaves a brother, Allan D. Grody, and his wife, Margie, formerly of West Hartford, CT, now residing in Point Pleasant, SC. He was predeceased by a sister, Doris Grody Quint Brunelle.

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Update on the status of the FPRN
The Fellows Pelvic Research Network (FPRN) is a fellow-run multicenter research network that was developed with the assistance of SGS. In the past year, a subgroup of the FPRN was created called the AUGS/SGS FPRN. This subgroup now has additional financial support from AUGS, allowing us to either run a greater number of small trials or a similar number of larger more ambitious trials. We will be conducting two in-person FPRN meetings each year during the SGS and AUGS annual meetings. We also hold quarterly conference calls updating the status of every study.
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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.

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Register for AUGS' 36th Annual Meeting, PFD Week 2015, before the early bird deadline — 7/31!
Join AUGS in Seattle from Oct. 13-17 for the premier 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 Weekly Poll
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.

Question: What criteria most likely represents the criteria you use to choose a mesh?


Click here to see the results of last week's poll.

Do you have an idea for a poll question? Email your question to to be reviewed by the AUGS Membership Committee.

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Interstim implantation denial
It has been brought to the attention of the AUGS coding committee that claims for Interstim implantation (64590) may be denied for Novitas beneficiaries. Novitas is the Medicare contractor which spans Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indian Health Service and Veterans Affairs.

This is reportedly the result of a claims processing system error which has resulted in a CPT –ICD9 mismatch. This appears to be affecting claims from May 2015 to the present. Claims for the sacral lead placement are not currently affected.

Novitas is aware of the system error. Physicians are advised to contact Novitas Customer Care to report the denial and ask that the claim be escalated.

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Prevalence, risk factors and severity of symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse among Emirati women
BMC Urology via PubMed Central
Similar to other Gulf countries, the society in United Arab Emirates is pro-natal with high parity and high prevalence of macrosomic babies. Therefore, it is possible to have a high prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of POP symptoms in one of the UAE cities. A cross-sectional study of all women who attended the three family development centers was conducted in Al-Ain from January 2010 to January 2011. Non-Emirati, pregnant and nulliparous women younger than 30 years were excluded.
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Outcomes of vaginal hysterectomy and constricting colporrhaphy with concurrent levator myorrhaphy and high perineorrhaphy in women older than 75 years of age
Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging via Dove Press
We performed constricting anterior and posterior colporrhaphy, levator myorrhaphy, and high perineorrhaphy with concurrent hysterectomy, and investigated the intraoperative complications, and short-term outcomes of these constricting procedures in patients aged 75 years or older.
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Meta-analysis of female stress urinary incontinence treatments with adjustable single-incision mini-slings and transobturator tension-free vaginal tape surgeries
BMC Urology via PubMed Central
The study on SIMS and SMUS as a whole by Alyaa Mostafa et al showed that after excluding the TVT-S sling, there is no significant difference in patient-reported cure rate and objective cure rate between these two methods. In this paper, we systematically evaluate the relevant data on SIMS-Ajust and TVT-O/TOT and further confirm their safety and effectiveness, providing reliable clinical evidence.
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Comparison of frequency of asymptomatic microhematuria in patients with stage 2-4 versus stage 0-1 pelvic organ prolapse
Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences via PubMed Central
The hospital database was searched for women diagnosed with pelvic floor disorders and all medical records were reviewed retrospectively for the presence of AMH. An additional search was conducted for women with other benign gynecological conditions such as myoma uteri, endometrial hyperplasia or adnexal masses without evidence of pelvic organ prolapse (control group). The control group was created using 1:1 matching for age and menopausal status. The frequency of AMH in these patients were compared. The degree of hematuria was categorized as reported by the laboratory as 3 to 25 (low grade hematuria), 26 to 50 (intermediate grade hematuria) and 51 or more (high grade hematuria) red blood cell/high powered field.
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Postmenopausal women with depression or urinary incontinence experience vaginal symptoms
Medical Xpress
Special efforts should be made to identify and treat depression and urinary incontinence in postmenopausal women with vaginal symptoms, according to UC San Francisco researchers, as these two common conditions not only tend to co-exist with vaginal symptoms but also may complicate the impact of these symptoms on women's daily activities and quality of life.
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U-M researchers develop first-ever 3-D model to help study treatment for pelvic organ prolapse
It's a mysterious condition often linked to childbirth that causes distress and discomfort and requires surgery for more than 200,000 women a year — but there's no good way to study it. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed the first-ever 3-D complete computer model to help study treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, a weakening of muscles and ligaments that causes organs like the bladder to drop from their normal place. For many women, the condition causes urinary problems, painful intercourse and uncomfortable pressure.
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