Boston Scientific has launched Pelvic Floor Institute, a training forum and online resource designed to enhance physician knowledge and awareness of pelvic floor reconstruction procedures and techniques.

Boston Scientific said that the Pelvic Floor Institute is designed to provide physicians with practical training in a laboratory setting to address the growing need for treatment of the conditions.

In the first year, the Pelvic Floor Institute plans to host lab training sessions featuring expert anatomical instruction using hemi-pelvis cadaver that offers improved detail of internal structures and organs. The Institute will also offer a dynamic online resource to facilitate peer-to-peer support and communication beyond the clinical setting.

The Pelvic Floor Institute website complements the lab experience by offering online tutorials, case studies, coursework and editorials on contemporary topics. Physicians can customize their online learning experience with specific training modules that match their educational needs and prepare them for cadaver lab instruction. The website also enables physicians to connect with leading experts in the field.

As per Boston Scientific, by 2050, the number of women in the US with urinary incontinence is expected to increase 55% to 28.4m, while women with pelvic organ prolapse will rise 46% to 4.9m.

Dennis Miller, medical director, Milwaukee Urogynecology, Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, Milwaukee, WI, said: “The pelvic floor procedures require a more in-depth understanding of female pelvic anatomy and the specific techniques critical to successful outcomes. Use of the hemi-pelvis cadaver offers a major advance in training for pelvic floor reconstruction, allowing unprecedented visualization of internal structures not available in other lab settings.”

John Pedersen, senior vice president and president of Urology and Women’s Health Division at Boston Scientific, said: “We are pleased to introduce and support this innovative training forum that will benefit physicians and their patients. The Pelvic Floor Institute facilitates a continuum of physician training that will broaden the understanding of treatment methods for pelvic floor disorders, ultimately advancing the quality of patient care.”