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Fellows Hands on Course

February 20-21, 2020 | Tampa, FL

This advanced vaginal surgery course is for specialist fellows in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Female Urology, already well versed in basic vaginal surgery, who are looking to increase their knowledge about more complex vaginally approached and laparoscopic/robotic operations. As minimally invasive approaches have been stressed in gynecologic surgery, there is concern that robotic and laparoscopic cases are replacing cases that can be successfully accomplished vaginally and this will be addressed in a timely debate. Advanced topics such as neovagina creation, prolapse repair (with and without graft augmentation), management of mesh complications, MIS surgeries, neuromodulation, botulinum toxin, and sexuality will be covered by nationally recognized experts in the field of gynecologic surgery and female urology.

In addition to a variety of topics, fellow participants will be able to present difficult cases from their programs to generate group discussion. In addition to the didactic lectures, debate, and case discussions, we will have cadaver labs for 3 hours both days to demonstrate surgical anatomy and procedures. Each cadaver will have a dedicated faculty member demonstrating anatomy dissections and surgical techniques to fellow learners in small groups. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have more extensive knowledge and feel more confident using vaginal and MIS surgical techniques to help their patients with difficult pelvic floor problems.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify patients who can benefit from vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery for complex gynecologic and urologic problems.
  2. Manage the patient who presents with vaginal stricture, shortening, or obliteration due to prior surgery or congenital abnormalities with surgery to restore normal caliber and length.
  3. Select patients who are appropriate candidates for mesh and native tissue vaginal prolapse repair.
  4. Identify, appropriately work-up, and surgically manage simple and complex stress and urge urinary incontinence and overactive bladder to include neurogenic and idiopathic cases.
  5. Recognize and manage complications that can arise during reconstructive pelvic surgeries.


Robert Gutman, MD - Course Director 
Peter Jeppson, MD
Kimberly Kenton, MD 
Elizabeth Mueller, MD 
Marie Fidela Paraiso, MD
Charles Rardin, MD
Holly Richter, MD 
Lee Ann Richter, MD
Peter Rosenblatt, MD 
Mark Walters, MD
James Whiteside, MD 
Allison Wyman, MD


Registration for this course is complimentary for AUGS Fellowship Program members. Individual members and non-members will be charged $195 for participation. 

Hotel and Travel
Fellowship program members will receive a travel stipend and will have their hotel nights covered. Individual members and non-members will be responsible for covering the full cost of their hotel and travel. 

Course Schedule

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

6:45 am - 7:00 am Welcome and Introduction
7:00 am - 7:50 am Breakfast with Legally Mine
7:50 am - 8:00 am Faculty Introductions
8:10 am - 11:15 am

Lectures - Group A

  • Native Tissue repair of pelvic organ prolapse
  • An Evidence-based Discussion of Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Recent Innovative Treatments for Fecal Incontinence
  • Refractory Overactive Bladder
  • Avoiding and Managing Laparoscopic Complications
  • Laparoscopic Burch/Paravaginal Repair & Anatomy Demonstration

Lab - Group B

  • Cysto/stents/retrograde images and technique
  • Burch and retropubic space
  • Use of Martius flap
  • Rectus fascial sling
  • Obturator Anatomy in Relationship to Sling
  • MUS (TO, RP, mini)
  • Bulking Agent Chemodenervation
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:40 pm - 3:45 pm Lab - Group A Lectures - Group B
3:55 pm - 4:25 pm Wrap Up in Lecture Hall
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Fellows Social at Hilton Tampa (211 Restaurant)


Friday, February 21, 2020

6:45 am - 7:45 am Breakfast with Laborie
8:00 am - 10:55 am

Lab - Group A

  • Sacroneuromodulation and Fluoro
  • Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation
  • Uterosacral Ligament Suspension
  • Sacrocolpopexy
  • Sphincteroplasty/Perineal Sphincter Anatomy
  • Laparoscopic Cystotomy Repair & Suturing
  • Ureteral Injury and Repair

Lecture - Group B

  • Tips & Tricks for Sacrocolpopexy
  • Management of Urinary Tract Injury
  • Hysteropexy vs. Hysterectomy
  • Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria
  • Panel Discussion: Clinical Decision Making in FPMRS
10:55 am - 11:45 pm Lunch
11:55 pm - 2:50 pm Lectures - Group A Lab - Group B
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm Shower/Check-Out



This meeting is made possible by the support of:

Allergan | Boston Scientific | Caldera Medical | Coloplast | Cooper Surgical | Ethicon
Gore | Laborie | Legally Mine | Medtronic | Neomedic | Storz | Urocure

Meeting Code of Conduct

All registrants are subject to the AUGS Meeting Code of Conduct.