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Book by urogynecologist earns recognition

Provides practice guidance for female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery

Care New England


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Credit: Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

A book co-edited by Vivian W. Sung, MD, has earned Highly Commended Distinction by the British Medical Association (BMA), ob/gyn category of the BMA Book Awards 2014. The book is entitled Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery: Clinical Practice and Surgical Atlas, Ed. Rebecca Rogers, Vivian Sung, Ranee Thaker, Cheryl Iglesia, The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Sung is a urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

The book is a comprehensive, single-volume resource on urogynecology. It includes an introduction to this growing subspecialty and an overview of the underlying principles of female pelvic medicine, with an emphasis on diagnostic techniques and management strategies. The book also includes hundreds of original, full-color photographs and illustrations that provide step-by-step guidance on key surgical procedures with chapters authored by an international team of renowned experts.

"Many women face personal health problems that impair their quality of life, including urinary incontinence and genital prolapse. Effective medical solutions to these uncomfortable, and frequently disabling conditions, do exist," explained Dr. Sung. "As the field of urogynecology grows, this book serves as a resource for residents, fellows and attending physicians."

Topics include:

Fundamental Topics--Includes essentials such as epidemiology, anatomy of the pelvic floor, mechanisms of disease, and evaluation of the patient with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Disease States--Covers lower urinary tract dysfunction, functional anorectal disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, and other pelvic floor disorders.

Clinical Management--Details pessaries, physical therapy, behavioral therapy, the use of graft materials in reconstructive surgery, peri-operative and post-operative medical evaluation and care, and incorporating new treatments into clinical practice.

Surgical Atlas--Reviews surgical instrumentation and illustrates surgery for stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fistula repair, anal incontinence, and covers the management of surgical complications.

The book also contains contributions from Women & Infants' physicians Drs. Cassandra Carberry, Deborah Myers, and Charles Rardin.


About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women's medicine, Women & Infants is the 11th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with approximately 8,400 deliveries per year. A U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children's Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country's largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation's only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation's only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute's Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

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