CHOOSING A DOCTOR OR SURGEON
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PHYSICIANS RELEVANT TO MESH INJURY
Primary Care Physician - A primary care physician is a generalist physician who provides definitive care to the undifferentiated patient at the point of first contact and takes continuing responsibility for providing the patient's care. Such a physician must be specifically trained to provide primary care services.
Primary care physicians devote the majority of their practice to providing primary care services to a defined population of patients. The style of primary care practice is such that the personal primary care physician serves as the entry point for substantially all of the patient's medical and health care needs - not limited by problem origin, organ system, or diagnosis. Primary care physicians are advocates for the patient in coordinating the use of the entire health care system to benefit the patient. (Source: The American Academy of Family Physicians)
Obstetrician/Gynecologist* (CREDENTIALING BOARD: ABOG) - Obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYN) are physicians who possess special knowledge, skills and professional capability in the medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system and associated disorders, such that it distinguishes them from other physicians and enables them to serve as consultants to other physicians and as primary physicians for women. Over the years of practice, each obstetrician-gynecologist builds upon this broad base of knowledge and skills and may develop a unique type of practice and changing professional focus. Such diversity contributes to high-quality health care for women.
Resident education in obstetrics-gynecology must include four years of accredited, clinically-oriented graduate medical education, which must be focused on reproductive health care and ambulatory primary health care for women, including health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, and referral.
There are also subspecialties in obstetrics and gynecology, which require additional training: maternal-fetal medicine specialists are obstetricians/gynecologists who are prepared to care for, and to consult on, patients with high-risk pregnancies; and reproductive endocrinologists are capable of managing complex problems related to reproductive endocrinology and infertility, including aspects of assisted reproduction, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). (Source: American College of Surgeons) *Definition revised 1/2104 by ABOG https://www.abog.org/news.asp
- Urogynecologist (CREDENTIALING BOARD: AUGS) - Urogynecologists are highly-educated doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, genital prolapse, and other associated conditions including fecal incontinence, interstitial cystitis, fistulas and neurological dysfunction of the bladder and pelvic floor. (Source: International Urogynecological Association)
Urologist (CREDENTIALING BOARD: AUA) - Urology is a surgical specialty which deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Although urology is classified as a surgical specialty, a knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and other specialties is required by the urologist because of the wide variety of clinical problems encountered. In recognition of the wide scope of urology, the American Urological Association has identified seven subspecialty areas:
- Pediatric Urology
- Urologic Oncology (cancer)
- Renal Transplantation
- Male Infertility
- Calculi (urinary tract stones)
- Female Urology (urinary incontinence and pelvic outlet relaxation disorders)
- Neurourology (voiding disorders, urodynamic evaluation of patients and erectile dysfunction or impotence)
Infectious Disease Specialist - An infectious disease (ID) specialist is a doctor of internal medicine (or, in some cases, pediatrics) who is qualified as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. After seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training, ID specialists complete two to three years of additional training in infectious diseases.
ID specialists have expertise in infections of the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, urinary tract, bowel, bones and pelvic organs. Their extensive training focuses on all kinds of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Many ID physicians specialize in treating patients with infections due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS.
Along with their specialized knowledge comes a particular insight into the use of antibiotics and their potential adverse effects. ID specialists also have additional training in immunology (how the body fights infection), epidemiology (how infections spread) and infection control. (Source: American College of Physicians)
Immunologist - Allergy and immunology is the subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problems with the human immune system.
Allergists and immunologists must first complete seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training and become board certified in Internal Medicine. Then, for an additional two years they study conditions specific to the human immune system.
They focus on treatment or research involving:
- Respiratory tract diseases (allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma)
- Skin disorders (eczema, contact dermatitis, hives)
- Gastrointestinal disorders from immune responses to foods
- Adverse reactions to drugs and diagnostic testing materials
- Diseases associated with autoimmune responses, including arthritis
- Symptoms of disorders caused by immunodeficiency
- Stem cell, bone marrow and organ transplantation
SURGICAL SPECIALISTS FOR MESH-INJURED PATIENTS
- Pelvic Reconstruction Surgeon (CREDENTIALING BOARD: ACS) - Physicians in the Section of Gynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery provide a full range of services for women with pelvic floor disorders. Treatments include a wide array of office-based procedures, medications, vaginal pessaries, and many minimally invasive surgeries. Physicians have a special interest in complex pelvic reconstructive surgery and taking care of women with pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. (SOURCE: The University of Chicago, Medicine)
- American Urological Association (AUA) - www.auanet.org
OFFICIAL JOURNAL: THE JOURNAL OF UROLOGY
CONTACT: American Urological Association, 1000 Corporate Boulevard, Linthicum, MD 21090, Toll Free (U.S. only): 1-866-RING AUA (1-866-746-4282), P: 410-689-3700, F: 410-689-3800
- American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) - www.augs.org
OFFICIAL JOURNAL: FEMALE PELVIC MEDICINE & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
CONTACT: 2025 M Street NW, Ste 800 Washington, DC 20036 P: 202.367.1167|F: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guidelines for Providing Privileges and Credentials to Physicians for Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Guidelines for Privileging and Credentialing Physicians for Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- American College of Surgeons (ACS) - www.facs.org
OFFICIAL JOURNAL: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
CONTACT: 633 North Saint Clair St. Chicago, IL 60611-3211, Toll-Free: 800-621-4111, F: 312-202-5001
- The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) - www.abog.org
OFFICIAL JOURNAL: OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
CONTACT: 2915 Vine Street, Dallas, TX 75204, P: (214) 871-1619 F: (214) 871-1943/Info@abog.org
- Current Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Bulletin
- 2015 Bulletin for Subspecialty Certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION: THE ABMS EVIDENCE LIBRARY
CONTACT: 353 North Clark Street, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60654, P: (312) 436-2600
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:
- American Board of Internal Medicine - list of affiliations, medical boards and journals:
- International Pelvic Pain Association
- American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists Patient FAQs