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Aimed at all physicians who are involved or interested in pelvic floor disorders: colorectal surgeons, general surgeons, gastroenterologists, physiotherapists.

Course content

Imaging is gaining a key role in the understanding of pelvic floor disorders. Three-dimensional endoanal, endorectal and endovaginal ultrasonography, and dynamic transperineal US (DTPUS) are nowadays increasingly used in clinical practice for patients suffering from pelvic floor dysfunctions (fecal and urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, obstructed defecation) and for patients with anal and rectal pathologies, either benign (anorectal sepsis) or malignant (anorectal tumors). These noninvasive techniques not only provide a superior depiction of the pelvic anatomy but also yield unique dynamic information. The new 3D technology is on the front line in the diagnostic and therapeutic workup and is superior to 2D-US, due to the elaboration of images, achieving better accuracy in the diagnosis of complex diseases.

Following the success of the previous Editions, the X°Course of Anorectal and Pelvic Floor Ultrasonography was organised for all colorectal surgeons who are involved or interested in pelvic floor disorders. Lectures presented the main guidelines and indications for the use of the different US techniques in clinical practice, demonstrating the endosonographic appearance of normal anatomy and common pathologic conditions of the anorectal region and pelvic floor.


08:00 - 08:10 Introduction - Anders Mellgren & Giulio Santoro
08:10 - 08:30 Normal ultrasound anatomy of the anal canal - Anders Mellgren
08:30 - 09:00 Ultrasound assessment of obstetric anal sphincter injuries - Abdul Sultan
09:00 - 09:20 Anal ultrasound of perianal fistula - Liliana Bordeianou
09:20 - 09:40 Preoperative Ultrasound Staging of Rectal Cancer - Giulio Santoro
09:40 - 10:00 Ultrasound in colorectal clinical practice: do we need it - Liliana Bordeianou
10:30 - 10:50 Pelvic Floor Ultrasound: technique and normal ultrasound - Pawel Wieczorek
10:50 - 11:20 Ultrasound assessment of pelvic organ prolapse and obstructed defecation - Giulio Santoro
11:20 - 11:50 Video and Case Discussions (Fistula, Sphincter lesions) - Abdul Sultan & Liliana Bordeianou
11:50 - 12:20 Video and Case Discussions (Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Rectal Cancer) - Giulio Santoro, Anders Mellgren & Pawel Wieczorek
12:20 - 12:30 Final discussion and closing remarks - Anders Mellgren & Giulio Santoro

Course directors

Anders Mellgren (USA), Giulio A. Santoro (Italy)

Anders MellgrenGiulio Santoro

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