Pelviperineology, a multidisciplinary pelvic floor journal

  Giuseppe Dodi   Colorectal Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery Dept of Surgery University of Padova, Italy
  Bruce Farnsworth   Gynaecologist, Centre for Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Sydney Adventist Hospital Wahroonga NSW, Australia


Associate Joint Managing Editor
  Florian Wagenlehner   Urologist, Associate Professor of Urology Klinik und Poliklinik für Urologie Kinderurologie und Andrologie Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany


  Nucelio Lemos  
Gynaecologist, Post-Doctorate Researcher Department of Gynecology Federal University of São Paulo São Paulo, SP. Brazil
  Akin Sivaslioglu  
Urogynecologist, Associate Professor Ankara Ataturk Education and Research Hospital Urogynaecology Clinic Ankara, Turkey

Editorial Board
Burghard Abendstein
  Gynaecologist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Landeskrankenhaus Hall in Tirol, Austria
Richard Reid
  Gynaecologist, Conjoint Associate Professor Urogynaecology University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Roberto Angioli
  Gynaecologist, Professor of Gynaecology, University Campus Biomedico Rome, Italy;
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship University of Miami
Giulio Santoro
  Colorectal Surgeon,Pelvic Floor Unit, Department of Surgery Regional Hospital, Treviso, Italy
Jacques Beco
  Gynaecologist, Liege University, Belgium
Carlo Schievano
  Statistician, Adjunct Professor, University of Padova, Italy
Cornel Petre Bratila
  Gynaecologist, Professor of Gynecology, Medicover Hospital Bucharest, Romania
Yuki Sekiguchi
  Urologist, MD, PhD, Yokohama Motomachi Women’s clinic LUNA 3-115 Hyakudan-kan, Motomach, Nakaku, Yokohama 231-0861, JAPAN
Klaus Goeschen
  Urogynaecologist, Professor of Gynaecology, Kvinno Center Germany Hildesheimer Str. 34-40, 30169 Hannover, Germany
Marco Soligo
  Gynaecologist, Urogynaecology Unit Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Carlo Borromeo Hospital Milan, Italy
Dirk Kieback
  Gynaecologist, MD, PhD, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Elbland Medical Center Weinbergstrasse 8 01589 RIESA Germany .
Maurizio Spella
  Medical Informatics, MD, Managing Director, Medical Informatics Cheiron Labs Padova, Italy
Filippo LaTorre
  Colorectal Surgeon, Professor of Surgery Rectal & Pelvic Surgery, DEA - Department of Surgical Sciences Policlinico Umberto I° - “Sapienza”, University Hospital, Rome, Italy
Jean Pierre Spinosa
  Gynaecologist, Department of Cellular Biology and Morphology University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Bernhard Liedl
  Urologist, Chefarzt Urogenitale Chirurgie, Beckenbodenzentrum München, Denningerstr. 44, D-81679 München, Germany
Michael Swash
  Neurologist, MD FRCP FRCPath, Professor of Neurology, Dept. of Neurology Royal London Hospital Queen Mary School of Medicine, London London UK University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Menahem Neuman
  Urogynaecologist,In charge of Urogynecology, Ob-Gyn, Western Galilee MC Nahariya, Israel
In charge of R&D in Urogynecology, CEO's office, Shaare-Zedek MC, Jerusalem Bar Ilan university, Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, Israel
Vincent Tse
  Urologist, Consultant Urologist, Concord Hospital Sydney, Australia Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Sydney
Oscar Contreras Ortiz
  Gynaecologist, FACOG Consultant Head Professor, Faculty of Medicine University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Dr Pierre Gadonneix   Gynaecologist, Hopital des Diaconesses 18 rue sergent Bauchat 75012 Paris
Paulo Palma
  Urologist, Full professor of Urology at UNICAMP State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
President of American Confederation of Urology (CAU)
Pawel Wieczorek
  Radiologist, Professor of Radiology Department of Pediatric, Radiology Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Peter Petros
  Urogynecologist, University of NSW School of Medicine Dept of Surgery St Vincent's Hospital Clinical School Sydney, Australia - University Dept of Urology Case Western University Cleveland OH, USA
Qing-Kai Wu
  Urogynaecologist, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shanghai Jiaotong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai P.R. China
Marc Possover
  Gynaecologist, Dir. Department for Gynecology/Gyn-Onkologie & Neuropelveology Hirslanden Clinic, Zürich, ,Switzerland
CH Univ. Prof. for Neuropelveology University of Aarhus - Aarhus DK
Rui Zhang
  Urogynaecologist, Associate Professor of Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shanghai Jiaotong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital Shanghai P.R. China
Carl Zimmerman
  Gynaecologist, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Nashville, TN USA

PELVIPERINEOLOGY: A multidisciplinary pelvic floor journal

Pelviperineology is a quarterly international journal dedicated to the study and education of the pelvic floor as one integrated unit. The core aim of Pelviperineology is to provide a central focus for every discipline concerned with the function of the bladder, vagina, anorectum, their ligaments and muscles.

Pelviperineology is distributed to clinicians around the world by various pelvic floor societies. In many areas it is provided to the members of the societies thanks to sponsorship by the advertisers in the journal. Thanks to the support of advertisers the journal Pelviperineology is available free of charge on the internet at

SUBSCRIPTIONS: If you are unable to receive the journal through your local pelvic floor society or you wish to be guaranteed delivery of the journal Pelviperineology, then subscription to this journal is available by becoming an International Member of the International Society for Pelviperineology. The cost of membership is € 75 (75 euro), and this includes airmail delivery of Pelviperineology. If you wish to join ISPP visit website at and download a membership application.

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The history of the journal

The Rivista Italiana di Colon-Proctologia was founded in 1982 and for 20 years it has been the journal of the various Italian societies of coloproctology. In 1990 the multidisciplinary future of the journal was first expressed  in an editorial introducing the proceedings of an international meeting on perineology  which was held in Venice, Italy.

The word perineology represents a neologism. Many specialties have split into subspecialties. From surgery and from gastroenterology derived proctology. The latter needs now an evolution, mainly for its functional aspects. The proctologist cannot restrict his competence to the posterior perineum, as the urologist and the gynaecologist, when evaluating the pelvic floor and its diseases, must take into account the posterior compartment. A unitary view of the pelvic organs function then creates a sort of superspecialty that must open new spaces to the research ensuring to the patients more rational solutions. Perineology is then a medical branch of which we probably will hear talking more and more in the future. (G. Dodi, Rivista Italiana di Colon-Proctologia 1990; 9: 113)

In 2004, in its 23rd year of life, the prophecy was fulfilled, and the title of the journal was modified with the addition of “Pelvi-Perineologia”. The cover featured the classic body of the Aphrodite of Milos with her allusive half covered pelvis. The contents changed as well and Pelvi-Perineologia became the official publication of the Italian Interdisciplinary Society of the Pelvic Floor.

It became soon evident that it was easy to talk about a multidisciplinary, holistic or interdisciplinary approach, as it was relatively easy to put together articles from different disciplines, and it’s easy even to organize meetings involving urologists, gynaecologists and colorectal surgeons. However, when each of them talks and presents his work, it is very difficult for his colleagues in another discipline to understand him, and it’s unusual that they actually listen to what the specialist from “next door” has to say. The different disciplines often have no common understanding of the anatomy, physiology or treatments that are promoting.

Considering this disappointing experience, it has been thought that the journal’s mission should not only be to inform through original articles, reviews and cases reports, but also to provide a broader understanding by bringing together the knowledge and experience that is available in the international literature. The result was the Pelvic Floor Digest, a collection of thousands of titles of articles with their own abstracts organized in a rational manner. Every month this collection grows to cover most of what has been written in the world about all aspects of the pelvic floor. The Digest was first placed on the web in 2002, and since then has been closely connected with the journal.

Here ends the story of the Rivista Italiana di Colon-Proctologia and of Pelvi-Perineologia and starts “Pelviperineology”, one word only, to emphasize the strong will of the Editorial Board to consider all the compartments of the pelvis and of the perineum, with the body around and the mind above, as a single unit. Pelviperineology is the official Journal of Australian Association of Vaginal and Incontinence Surgeons ( and International Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Society.

The Australian Association of Vaginal & Incontinence Surgeons (AAVIS) was formed by delegates to a pelvic floor workshop organised by Peter Petros in Perth in 1995. AAVIS was originally designed as a support group for Australian and New Zealand surgeons initially for the Intravaginal Slingplasty (IVS) procedure when it was first developed by Petros and Ulmsten. It was also the first society in the world to apply the Integral Theory System to address prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence in a holistic way. Since then AAVIS has developed into a true multidisciplinary pelvic floor society with members around the world and welcomes membership enquiries from any interested persons. There are regular training, accreditation and clinical meetings and each year there is an Annual Scientific Meeting.

In 2010 AAVIS held its’ annual scientific meeting in Vienna. At this meeting it was decided to change the name of the society to reflect the international and multidisciplinary nature of the society. AAVIS became the ISPP (International Society for Pelviperineology), and automatically included the membership of the Integrated Pelvic Group from Italy and other affiliated Societies. ISPP is also active in Germany, Japan and Indonesia. The Society is registered as an incorporated body in New South Wales, Australia. The journal Pelviperineology is the official publication of the society.

This year the second ISPP International Congress will be held in Tokyo, Japan from October 22nd – 25th, 2012. This will be the 14th Annual Scientific meeting of the society.

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Quarterly journal of scientific information registered at the Tribunale di Padova, Italy n. 741 dated 23-10-1982 Editorial Director: GIUSEPPE  DODI
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