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Debates and Panels

Surgical Round Robin: Apical Prolapse How to Handle It? Hysteropexy vs. Supracervical Hysterectomy/Cervicopexy vs. Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy /ASC vs. Vaginal Hysterectomy/ASC

Thursday, October 11 | 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Speakers: Geoffrey W. Cundiff, MD, FACOG, FACS, FRCSC; Shawn Menefee, MD; Kimberly Kenton, MD, MS; Robert E. Gutman, MD
Moderator: Anthony G. Visco, MD

Come cheer on your favorite team when surgical experts from across our field meet to compete for the title of best uterine/apical mesh suspension technique. While use of the anterior longitudinal ligament has become widely popular for uterine and apical suspension, there is hot debate over the “best” method of performing these procedures as well as the risks and benefits of mesh-augmentation. Our experts will meet in a round robin competition to present the benefits of their specific surgical technique. The victors of the first round will then present further evidence in round two before a final champion is determined. Audience participation will be used throughout the competition and to determine the ultimate champion. May the best team win!

Panel: Multi-Disciplinary Defecation Disorders

Friday, October 12 | 9:05 am - 9:50 am 
Speakers: Tracy L. Hull, MD; Cindy Furey, PT; Adil Bharucha, MD
Moderator: Gena C. Dunivan, MD

Defecation is a coordinated process that involves generation of sufficient propulsive forces in the abdomen and rectum combined with relaxation of the puborectalis and external anal sphincter muscles. Defecation disorders are functional or structural anorectal processes that disrupt this coordinated effort and result in chronic or recurring difficulty in evacuating stool from the rectum. They are common and can affect up to 50 percent of patients with chronic constipation. Symptoms alone are often insufficient to distinguish patients with defecation disorders from those with other types of constipation. The definitive diagnosis is usually made using a combination of a clinical history of chronic constipation and the abnormal diagnostic test results (balloon expulsion, defecography, electromyelography, anal rectal manometry). This multidisciplinary panel will discuss the clinical symptoms of defecatory disorders, the physical examination findings and diagnostic tests employed to make the diagnosis, and the various therapeutic options available to treat the condition.

Thieves’ Market 

Friday, October 12 | 10:20 am - 11:05 am 
Panelists: Charles W. Nager, MD; Marlene M. Corton, MD; Dee E. Fenner, MD
Speakers: K. Lauren Barnes, MD; Tatiana Catanzarite, MD; Katherine Hines, MD; Andre Plair, MD
Moderator: Karen Noblett, MD, MAS

This interactive presentation allows members to “steal” valuable clinical information from luminaries across our field. Four unique and challenging cases will be presented to our panel of experts. Anticipate some lively discussion, plus an opportunity to challenge your own thinking and hear how experts in our field approach these interesting cases.

Multi-Disciplinary Opioid Panel

Saturday, October 137 | 9:35 am - 10:30 am
Speakers: Danesh Mazloomdoost, MD; Elisa R. Trowbridge, MD; Sandra Hilton, PT
Moderator: Kevin Benson, MD, MS, FACOG

Every three minutes a woman goes to the emergency room for a prescription painkiller misuse or abuse. The reality is pain management has become synonymous with opioid management. As a result of study misrepresentation, widespread acceptance of opioid safety propelled narcotics to the most highly prescribed medication in the country. The ensuing epidemic has spread nationwide and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. Opioids blur the line between managing pain and managing chemical dependency. Their efficacy is limited by a hyperalgesia response and use should be limited to acute on chronic pain rather than chronic pain maintenance. Please join us as renowned experts educate us on the Opioid Epidemic and non-addictive strategies to manage pain.

Master Surgeon: Surgical Videos

Saturday, October 13 |10:30 am – 11:15 am

Speaker: Resad P. Pasic, MD
Moderator: Elizabeth R. Mueller, MD

Get a first-hand look at real-world surgery on Saturday morning. Dr. Pasic will present surgical videos, including anatomy of the pelvic sidewall, ureteral anatomy and how to avoid ureteral injury; pelvic vascular anatomy and how to avoid and control intraoperative blood loss/hemorrhage.






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