Charles KnowlesA new research session is debuting at this years’ ESCP Annual Meeting in Vienna this month, titled ‘Pelvic Floor: Towards Precision Diagnosis and Precision Treatment’.

Professor Charles Knowles, Chair of the ESCP Research Committee, explains the rationale behind the inclusion of this new research session on the afternoon of the first day of conference, Wednesday 25 September, saying that it recognises the increase in referrals and consultations that come to surgeons that fall under the domain of pelvic floor and functional coloproctology.

Professor Knowles says:

"There have been a lot of significant developments in the pelvic floor area in recent years. Historically, people lived with such problems as only a few specialists had the knowledge of treatment and the technical ability to undertake it. Now though, all surgeons should have an understanding of these issues so they can at the very least signpost people in the right direction."

Emma Carrington will present first on new international technical guidance and disease classification for anorectal physiology. She will be followed by Ronan O’Connell who will discuss surgical management of faecal incontinence in accord with ICI guidance. Andre D’Hoore, one of the most experienced and published experts on management of internal and external rectal prolapse, will then present on the surgical management of rectal prolapse before Professor Knowles presents on surgery for constipation, where he will summarise recent systematic review data and European consensus.

Discussing the presentations, Professor Knowles adds:

"These topics are relevant to all colorectal surgeons. There is a general theme of ‘guidelines’ running through each presentation within this session which should be helpful to all who attend regardless of whether they have a subspecialist interest."

The research sessions proved popular with delegates at the ESCP Annual Conference in Nice in 2018 and Prof Knowles is looking forward to building on that success this September in Vienna:

"The research sessions build on those held in previous scientific meetings, with three dedicated sessions coming forward from Nice last year. These sessions are about putting new quality research firmly on the agenda. In addition, this year sees the exciting addition of the ‘Global Surgery Symposium’ which will be led by Professor Dion Morton, former ESCP Research Chair.

"These sessions really highlight the important work the ESCP Research Committee does as we extend our ambitions beyond Europe - positioning ESCP as a premier learned society in leading global research."

The session, ‘Pelvic Floor: Towards precision diagnosis and precision treatment’ is being held in the Plenary Hall B on Wednesday 25 September, 15:25-16:50.

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