Clinical Practice Guidelines
AUGS Releases Guidelines for Privileging and Credentialing Physicians for Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
March/April 2013 – The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) is pleased to announce the release of Guidelines for Privileging and Credentialing Physicians for Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). The purpose of this guideline is to provide recommendations to assist health care institutions when considering granting privileges to perform sacrocolpopexy. Sacrocolpopexy for POP should be performed by surgeons with board certification or active candidacy for board certification in obstetrics and gynecology or urology who also have requisite knowledge, surgical skills, and experience in reconstructive pelvic surgery. This document provides guidelines for surgeons requesting new privileges to perform sacrocolpopexy as well as surgeons who currently have privileges and are requesting renewal.
AUGS Releases Guidelines for Providing Privileges and Credentials to Physicians for Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
July/August 2012 – The adoption of new technology or procedures into a clinician’s surgical armamentarium is driven by multiple factors. Patient safety and anticipated long-term improvement in outcomes should be the primary objective that guides a surgeon’s decision to deliver care involving new procedures. Surgically complex procedures require a balance of knowledge, surgical skill, and experience, with appropriate ongoing surgical volume and monitoring of outcomes and adverse events. Transvaginal placement of surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse has the potential to improve quality of life and anatomic outcomes (especially in the anterior compartment), but also has potential serious adverse events as outlined by the FDA’s July 2011 Safety Communication. This document provides Guidelines for privileging and credentialing of physicians planning to implement or continue using this new technology in clinical practice.
The information above is intended to provide patients and physicians with general information, and is not intended to substitute for the treating physician's clinical judgment. The treating physician should make all treatment decisions based upon his or her independent judgment and the patient's individual clinical presentation.