Medical Questions About Urogynecology

Medical Questions

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Prolapse related Professional Medical Organizations

  • Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) The Society of Gynecologic Surgeons is recognized as a select member group of over 250 physicians representing both private practice and academic faculty--all involved in teaching and the practice of advanced gynecologic surgery.

    Membership in the SGS is by invitation only, and each member must demonstrate proficiency in the practice of advanced gynecologic surgery, research, and teaching. This group offers the option to search for members by zip code.
  • American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS)
  • AUGS patient website As the leader in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery AUGS promotes the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy.

    AUGS is the leading society for those in the field of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. The Society strives to improve the lives of women with pelvic floor disorders through treatment, research, education and advocacy.

    Membership is open to health care professionals with an interest in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Interested practicing physicians may apply for membership in the AUGS.
  • International Urogynecologic Association (IUGA) IUGA is dedicated to advances in knowledge of urogynecological diseases, urinary or fecal incontinence, and vaginal prolapse. Without accepting responsibility for the content, we provide informational brochures and directories for your reference.

Prolapse related support and informational resources.

  • APOPS, The Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support Inc, is an international nonprofit support network that provides education, guidance, support, and assistance for women in all stages of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Our goal is to increase awareness and recognition of POP symptoms, causes, and treatments. Pelvic organ prolapse impacts millions of women around the world physically, emotionally, socially, sexually, and financially.


Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic

Pelvic Organ Prolapse, or POP, is a little talked about female health issue that half of all childbearing women will experience late in life. There are more than 300,000 surgeries for POP annually. Due to various causes such as menopause, estrogen loss, genetics, childbirth or heavy lifting, a woman's pelvic organs can shift or drop. This can lead to POP symptoms, including some painful and embarrassing ones, as well as impacting a woman's sexuality. The condition has probably always existed, but has received little press or public acknowledgement so women could learn about the condition and treatment options. This book on POP fills an unfortunate void in women's health awareness. Sherrie Palm writes about her own personal experiences in Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic. She had never heard about the condition until she needed surgery for it. Palm explores the subject from all angles, providing the information women need to recognize the symptoms of POP and to become advocates for their own health. Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic named the winner for Women's Health in the USA Book News National "BEST BOOKS 2009" Awards.

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Prolapse Repair

Written in straightforward, easy-to-understand language, with photographs and drawings, this 120 page book explains the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and potential outcomes for pelvic organ prolapse.

In this book, Dr. Hoyte uses the same explanations he discusses with patients who come to be evaluated by him at his Tampa clinic. After reading this book, you will understand what prolapse is, and will be able to understand the difference between the different types of prolapse (Cystocele, Rectocele, Enterocele, Uterine prolapse, Proccidentia). You will also learn how to determine if your symptoms are related to prolapse.

More importantly, you will also understand the different ways that prolapse can be treated, both surgically and without surgery, along with the "pros and cons" of each approach. Skilled in transvaginal, abdominal, and robotic methods of prolapse repair, Dr. Hoyte explains why he believes the robotic approach is one of the best available methods for treating prolapse. Also, he reviews his pre-operative and postoperative instructions and expectations for those women who choose to undergo prolapse repair surgery.

The book contains a list of frequently asked questions with answers, and a glossary, to help readers understand many of the words and terminology used in discussing prolapse. Dr. Hoyte gives links to helpful resources for women with prolapse and their families, including patient support groups, online discussion forums, and professional medical organizations devoted to treating prolapse.

This book is a "must read" for every woman who is diagnosed with prolapse. It takes the mystery out of pelvic organ prolapse, and will give all the information you need to make informed choices about treating your prolapse.

Available online at Also available for the iPad on the iBookstore on iTunes.

About the Author

Dr. Hoyte is a board certified OB/Gyn physician, and a fellowship trained urogynecologist and pelvic reconstructive surgeon. He is director of the division of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at University of South Florida College Of Medicine, and director of urogynecology at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Hoyte treats women with pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontience, and bladder control problems.

He received his Masters degree in Electrical engineering and Computer science from MIT, and his MD degree from Stanford Medical School. He received Residency training on OB/Gyn from Brigham and Womens and Massachussetts General Hospitals in Boston, and completed formal fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He is also an elected member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. Dr. Hoyte was an early user of the Da Vinci Robotic surgical system for gynecologic procedures and has performed over 300 robotic gynecologic surgical procedures. He is the medical director of the USF HEALTH Da Vinci ® Center for Computer assisted surgery in Tampa, and has trained many surgeons in the use of the Da Vinci surgical system.

He is director of the fellowship training program in urogynecology at USF. He sees patients at the USF physicians group practice in Tampa, and Sarasota. He can be reached for appointments at 813-259-8500.