The 36 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons returns to Tucson, Arizona where the usual surgical presentations are eagerly awaited. The new journal, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, is pleased to be able to carry the abstracts in this supplement, and also has online access for retrieval and review of the abstracts. The presentations have good variety, excellent science, and a range of presentation styles. There has been significant time, thought, and effort devoted to each presentation submission. The chosen submissions have been presented in word abstract form only in this publication, ie, no tables or figures.
The meeting commences with an afternoon Robotics Course. Some of the regular meeting highlights include presentations on use of mesh in vaginal surgery, considerations on the FDA notification regarding use of mesh, education of residents through skills labs, simulators, self-directed learning and portable devices, cost factors in varied surgical approaches, and sexual function after a number of surgical procedures. Preventive strategies are presented for DVT and brachial plexus injuries. Videos are again a major part of the program and include tips on difficult vaginal hysterectomy, several presentations on robotic surgery, fistula repair, and cystoscopic findings. Many papers do not make the podium and numerous interesting procedures, observations, and learning tips are included in the nonoral poster presentations.
While it is hoped you attend all the presentations in person, the abstracts can be a guide to what to expect, and a reminder of what was said. It can be searched later on for that all important presentation with a key piece of new information. Once again, we thank those who have done the research, prepared their work diligently, and shared it with the rest of us. It is a continual process of question and answer, so be prepared to challenge the presenters with your questions, and you will then have answers for the next questioner.