Training Workshops in Advanced  Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery


Over three hundred thousand vaginal sling procedures have now been performed around the world since Petros performed the first intravaginal sling in 1986. The concept of creating neoligaments in the pelvis has now been extended to the posterior vaginal compartment and preliminary results for the posterior intravaginal sling are now being followed by Stage 2 studies and controlled trials.

These workshops have been designed to introduce advanced pelvic surgeons to the concepts of the Integral Theory, surgical techniques and practical experience.

This surgery has the potential to dramatically expand the opportunities for pelvic surgeons to assist their patients with practical procedures that are minimally invasive, efficacious and low in complications and problems.

Options for Training

As a result of the demand for training the Centre for Pelvic Surgery has begun conducting workshops in Pelvic Surgery with support from The Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation, and the Association of Vaginal and Incontinence Surgeons.


Dr Bruce Farnsworth , Dr Mark Krieger, Dr Vincent Tse


Book Early. All foreign registrants will need to organise full NSW Medical Board Registration to allow hands on participation. 

This will take at least 2 months to arrange.

Format of Course

Each course will commence with lectures and videos on Tuesday with live surgery all day on Wednesday and Thursday. There will be a dinner close to the hospital on Tuesday night with Dinner overlooking Sydney Harbour on Wednesday night.


Course Content

Pelvic Anatomy Review, Physiology of Incontinence including understanding the Integral Theory, Approach to Diagnosis and Assessment of Pelvic Problems, Role of Urodynamics, Anterior Vaginal Slings, Midvaginal Repairs, Posterior Slings, Techniques of Fascial Repair, Standardised clinical protocols, Ongoing research and evaluation, Role of Prostheses, Dealing with Complications

Procedures Demonstrated

Retropubic and Transobturator Suburethral Slings, Vaginal Bridge Repair, Lateral Vaginal Repair, Sacrospinous and Arcus Ligament Fixation, Anterior Repair with Mesh, Posterior Intravaginal Sling with Bridge Repair, Posterior Intravaginal Sling with Mesh, Posterior Intravaginal Sling with Pelvicol


Limited opportunities exist for a partial or full scholarship to attend these workshops. Contact course director for further information.



Three day Workshop in Reconstructive Surgery:  Consultants $2800 inc GST,   Registrars $1975 inc GST


Workshops are held every 8 weeks. Dates subject to change




Further details are available from

Dr Bruce Farnsworth

Centre for Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, PO Box 1094, WAHROONGA 2076

Tel: +61 2 9473 8555   Fax: +61 2 9473 8559




Workshop Tutorials and lectures

Operative Videos and CDs

Workshop Notes

Subsidised accommodation onsite at Sydney Adventist Hospital (subject to availability).

All meals and refreshments

Medical Registration

NSW Medical Board Registration is necessary as these are hands on workshops where participants will be able scrub and examine patients during the procedures. Interstate doctors will need to organise temporary registration.

International registrants should send a detailed CV when applying to participate in this course. Subsequently other documentation will be needed so MAKE APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.




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