n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Evolution of pelvic reconstructive surgery : guest editorial




Worldwide, the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders (urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and faecal incontinence, defecatory and sexual dysfunction) is increasing and this is largely due to improved women's health and the population living longer. More than 50% of women will experience one or more pelvic floor disorders at some period in their lives, and one in eleven will undergo surgery for pelvic floor abnormalities by the age of 80 years. Besides the economic costs and general health care burden, pelvic floor dysfunction can result in significant psychosocial disharmony and have a profound effect on the patient's quality of life.


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