Educating Patients and Physicians via Pelvic Floor Institute
By Peter Rosenblatt, Director, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Modern pelvic floor procedures require an in-depth understanding of female pelvic anatomy and the specific techniques critical to successful outcomes. One valuable resource to help physicians meet these challenges is the Pelvic Floor Institute (PFI) – a training forum and online resource designed to enhance physician knowledge and awareness of pelvic floor reconstruction procedures and techniques.
I was a founding member physician of PFI, along with Dr. Dennis Miller, Dr. Peter Lotze, Dr. Larry Lind and Dr. Adam Holzberg. When it was launched in 2010, PFI was designed to expand physician training for urology and women's health procedures; we participated in hands-on cadaver labs using hemi-pelvises to practice the techniques with unprecedented visualization of internal structures, and much of that experience was captured in videos available on PFI.
PFI was completely redeveloped and relaunched in 2017 to support physicians with information on the latest tools and proven techniques, as well as provide resources for use in your discussions with patients. The PFI website focuses on non-surgical and surgical options to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and offers an array of resources, including surgical webcasts, videos, animations and patient education materials. You can navigate the website by procedure, or by resources for physicians and patients.
Procedural videos, product brochures and other materials are available for the following areas:
- Retropubic Approach
- Suprapubic Approach
- Transobturator Approach (Including Competitive Comparison of Obtryx™ II System vs. Monarc System)
- Urethral Bulking
- Sacrocolpopexy – Laparoscopic and Robotic (Including Competitive Comparison of Upsylon™ Y-Mesh vs. Bard Alyte Y-Mesh)
- Transvaginal Synthetic Mesh
- Biologic Graft Materials
Economic and clinical support for Boston Scientific products, including:
- Value Analysis Committee (VAC) resources
- Reimbursement guidelines
- Pelvic floor clinical support
- Web design and digital best practices
- Product advisory notices
- Downloadable SUI brochure and video (English and Spanish)
- Downloadable POP brochure and video (English and Spanish)
- Access to POP-Q patient education tool to help patients understand their unique POP and SUI, as well as their treatment options.
I have found these resources to be incredibly invaluable in my ongoing education and interactions with patients. Visit the Pelvic Floor Institute website and create your unique login to access the materials, then comment below to let Boston Scientific know what you think.