Meetings 2009

Convergences in Pelviperineal Pain -  16th-18th December  2009 Nantes

The mathematics of chronic pelvic pain - how to transform a complex problem into a sum of simple problems. See website: Convergences in PP

This was the first congress on these conditions organized with the collaboration of the International Association for the Study of Pain (PUGO SIG) and relevant professional societies. The congress was attended by urologists, gynaecologists, colo-rectal surgeons, pain specialists, psychologists, physiotherapists and patient representatives from several countries. The congress President was Dr JJ Labat and Honorary President, Pr R Robert.

There were workshops on medical treatment, nerve block injections, botox, neuromodulation, surgery, psychological approaches and manual therapies in the treatment of chronic pelvi-perineal pain.

The presentations included; Anatomy (R Robert), Clinical Examination (P Mares),  Assessment and Management of Neuromuscular Pain (JJ Labat & J Rigaud), Diagnostic Criteria and Assessment of Painful Bladder Syndrome/IC (J Corcos, M Cervigni), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (L Siproudhis), Myofascial Pelvi-Perineal Syndromes (B Messelink), Vulvar Vestibulodynia (Moyal Barracco) and Complex Pelvic Pain Syndrome (A Watier).

A few of the presenters at the Congress in Nantes:

  • Patient Expectations, Postsurgical Pain and the Feelings of Surgeons (J Birch, Poole, UK)
  • Diagnostic Criteria and Assessment of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis (B Rabishong, Clermont-Ferrand, France) (Convergences PP- Diagnosis Criteria and assessment of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis Chronic Pain syndrome)
  • Diagnostic Criteria and Assessment of Pudendal Neuralgias (JJ Labat, Nantes, France)
  • Pelvic Organ Cross sensitization and Desensitization (K Berkley, Talahassee, USA)
  • Pelvic Pain Information - What do patients want and what do they get? (R Zillwood, London, UK)

There was a call for some surgeons to carry out randomized controlled trials of their surgical techniques ie the TIR approach. There was also a call to demonstrate the benefit of a nerve protective wrap to promote nerve healing post surgery.

At the end of the congress anatomists and surgeons took part in an anatomy and dissections workshop in the anatomy laboratory of the faculty of medicine at the University Hospital in Nantes. This was an IASP PUGO session.

We are pleased that there will be a second Convergences PP congress in Nimes in 2011.