The Society is offering travelling scholarships for short term training opportunities to medical and nursing staff.
The 2019 travelling scholarship was awarded to an Endoscopy Nurse from Athens who attended the "King's Live Endoscopy Masterclass" of King's College Hospital London in November 2019.
The 2020 travelling scholarship will be advertised via the Twitter account of the Society @surgerypelvis by end of July 2020 with instructions for application. The award will be announced by end of September 2020.
Mesh in laparoscopic rectopexy has caused controversy because of mesh-related complications. Suture rectopexy cannot be mastered by surgeons who are not competent in laparoscopic suturing. The use of Protack staples may be providing an answer to the technical problem of securing the rectum onto the sacrum, as this recent study shows.
Lately there have been several concerns about safety of synthetic mesh for surgery in the pelvis. Migration of the mesh, erosion into adjacent bowel, formation of dense adhesions and chronic pain have been described in several studies and there also have been some high profile legal cases. The alternative use of biological mesh has been tried, however the main problem with that is the extremely high cost of that mesh. Biological mesh also has less strength and shrinks more than synthetic mesh and its long term efficacy has not been reported yet.