On April 26, 2018, Dr. Ranee Thakar (Vice-President of IUGA) and Dr. Abdul Sultan (Chair of the IUGA Membership Committee) joined more than 600 people at the VII Jornada Internacional de Uroginecologia da USP excellently hosted by Jorge Milhem Haddad in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They lead the Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS) workshop, which is focused on the diagnosis and repair of 3rd and 4th degree perineal and anorectal tears.
Obstetric anal sphincter disruption is a major cause of anal incontinence. Many clinicians report feeling inadequately trained to recognise and repair anal injuries. Techniques to identify, classify, and repair anal sphincter damage were explained in detail and then participants were given the opportunity to practice on animal parts. As 85% of women who have a vaginal birth sustain some form of perineal trauma, the information and techniques taught in this workshop are of the utmost importance for all doctors in the fields of obstetrics, urogynecology and gynecology. It is also useful for midwives, Labor Ward Managers, and Colorectal Surgeons.
Drs. Thakar and Sultan were also available at the IUGA booth after the workshop to answer questions about OASIS and about IUGA. Many of the attendees signed up as new IUGA members.