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Fellow's Research Network

The following project won the 2012 round of competitive funding for the newly established IUGA Fellows Research Network (FRN). The purpose of the IUGA-FRN is to enable fellows to work cooperatively with leaders in the field of Urogynecology to conduct multi-center research projects. The network provides the opportunity to form ties with colleagues throughout the world that we hope will continue long after fellowship.

This project was chosen from among 9 submissions, and is being co-ordinated by Linda Cardozo’s team at King’s College Hospital in London, UK. We are actively seeking additional recruiting centres around the world, with the intention to begin recruitment in summer 2013.

POP2: Post-Operative Pain after Pelvic Organ Prolapse surgery.
Double blind randomised multicentre study to assess the effect
of local anaesthesia during vaginal hysterectomy

The use of local anaesthetic infiltration during vaginal hysterectomy offers theoretical benefits including reduced post-operative pain, shorter operating times and less post-operative haematoma formation and infective morbidity. However, there remains substantial variation in practice, and conflicting existing evidence.

This two-arm parallel group RCT aims to compare effect of LA infiltration vs. saline infiltration at vaginal hysterectomy on post-operative pain, operative blood loss, operating time, and post-operative recovery.

Co-primary outcome measures

  • Post-operative analgesia use
  • Short-form McGill pain questionnaire

Secondary outcome measures

  • Intra-operative blood loss, operating time, duration of inpatient stay, incidence of post-operative morbidity
The target sample size is 172 participants, with broad pragmatic inclusion criteria, aiming to enable units around the world to recruit rapidly. The FRN will provide direct assistance in obtaining local regulatory approval. The study budget provides funding for local expenses incurred in participation.

For more information please contact the FRN team via or click below to complete your application to participate as a recruiting centre.

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