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SUFU 2020 Winter Meeting
February 25 – 29, 2020
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
Scottsdale, AZ

Educational Needs

The SUFU 2020 winter meeting will include both a basic and translational research focus as well as a high-level clinical curriculum. The meeting will be comprised of panel discussions, point-counterpoint debates, keynote addresses, and research abstracts on conditions that affect the lower urinary tract and pelvic floor. This format will be utilized to provide an interactive presentation of state-of-the-art knowledge in some of the most active areas in non-malignant urologic research. The overall objective of the meeting will be to disseminate current knowledge in this field and stimulate advanced thinking to further our understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Though the conditions that will be discussed are non-malignant, it is well-established that they can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life impact of patients and their families not to mention the huge economic burden they place on society. The educational needs of the attendees are based upon the importance of having a global understanding of pelvic floor disorders in order to optimize the care of our patients with these disorders. The clinical science portion of the meeting will include topics related to male and female incontinence, refractory overactive bladder, neurogenic bladder, recurrent urinary tract infections with appropriate use of antibiotics, nocturia, benign prostatic hypertrophy and its guidelines updates, the role of urodynamics, optimal management of uterine descent and different approaches to pelvic floor reconstruction. In addition, practical and important non-clinical topics such as enhanced recovery after surgery, robotic sacrocolpopexy, gender affirmation surgery and ergonomics in FPMRS will be covered. We will use a variety of teaching methods with videos, debates and audience participation to achieve the objectives set out.

Attendees of the SUFU program should be familiar with these conditions and the latest thinking regarding these important clinical and practice-related topics. The meeting will be designed to encourage and foster interactions and collaboration between clinicians, investigators and basic scientists. Attendees will benefit from dialogue regarding these topics, which will facilitate their ability to provide optimal patient care.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the SUFU 2020 Winter Meeting, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the pre-clinical evaluation of lower urinary tract physiology and function using in vivo, ex vivo, in vitro, and cellular approaches.
  2. Describe the latest advances in visceral pain research in sensory function and dysfunction.
  3. Discuss the physiology of urethral function and dysfunction in lower urinary tract disorders and urinary incontinence.
  4. Discuss the roles of autonomic dysregulation in overactive bladder, pelvic pain, and stress-induced bladder dysfunction.
  5. Discuss the roles of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in lower urinary tract disorders.
  6. Interpret the latest research from promising young investigators in the field.
  7. Describe how biomechanics plays a role in pelvic organ prolapse pathophysiology and how native tissue repairs have been improved with knowledge of this basis.
  8. Discuss methods of surgical management for persistent and recurrent stress incontinence and when to perform fascia versus mid urethral slings in challenging subgroups.
  9. Describe targets for neuromodulation therapy and some of the pros and cons with each approach.
  10. Delineate the role for bladder centric and systemic therapies in the management of bladder pain syndrome.
  11. Discuss how to optimally evaluate and follow the neurogenic bladder patient and discuss scenarios that one may change their practice in these complex patients.
  12. Discuss the role for antibiotic stewardship for patients with recurrent urinary tract infections.
  13. Discuss alternative therapies and optimal cost for patients with recurrent urinary tract infections.
  14. Identify effective patient evaluations for recurrent urinary tract infections.
  15. Discuss complications of robotic surgery and how best to manage them.
  16. Explain steps in the management of bowel injury and bleeding in patients undergoing sacrocolpopexy.
  17. Discuss opioid stewardship and use of newer enhanced recovery after pelvic surgery techniques.
  18. Describe management of complex irradiated bladder neck and incontinent males and discuss options for repair and when to reconstruct as opposed to diversions.
  19. Explain management of urologic issues in pregnancy and how to handle tough situations such as stones and diversion in pregnancy.
  20. Describe options for female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and how to evaluate a patient who complains of FSD.
  21. Describe what to do for patients who have undergoing gender affirming surgery and options for reconstruction in this subgroup.
  22. Discuss when to consider uterine sparing surgery versus hysterectomy in females with uterovaginal prolapse and the pros and cons with each approach.
  23. Explain techniques to best treat men with post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence and those with BPH and understand complications that can arise from their treatments.
  24. Discuss basics of neuromodulation and programming and define terms such as impedence abnormalities, pulse width and rate and frequency.
  25. Describe options for flap use in pelvic floor reconstructive surgery and discuss how and when to do them.
  26. Delineate options to help patients who have had suprapubic tubes and have complications from the placement of them.
  27. Describe some of the international perspectives with the use of synthetic mesh in countries that have banned its use and how the others still use it and the challenges they face.