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Biomechanics of the Female Pelvic Floor - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128032282, 9780128032299

Biomechanics of the Female Pelvic Floor

1st Edition

Editors: Lennox Hoyte Margot Damaser
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128032282
eBook ISBN: 9780128032299
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st March 2016
Page Count: 468
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Biomechanics of the Female Pelvic Floor, Second Edition, is the first book to specifically focus on this key part of women’s health, combining engineering and clinical expertise. This edited collection will help readers understand the risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction, the mechanisms of childbirth related injury, and how to design intrapartum preventative strategies, optimal repair techniques, and prostheses.

The authors have combined their expertise to create a thorough, comprehensive view of female pelvic floor biomechanics in order to help different disciplines discuss, research, and drive solutions to pressing problems. The book includes a common language for the design, conduct, and reporting of research studies in female PFD, and will be of interest to biomechanical and prosthetic tissue engineers and clinicians interested in female pelvic floor dysfunction, including urologists, urogynecologists, maternal fetal medicine specialists, and physical therapists.

Key Features

  • Contains contributions from leading bioengineers and clinicians, and provides a cohesive multidisciplinary view of the field
  • Covers causes, risk factors, and optimal treatment for pelvic floor biomechanics
  • Combines anatomy, imaging, tissue characteristics, and computational modeling development in relation to pelvic floor biomechanics


Biomechanical, prosthetic and tissue engineers interested in the female pelvic floor. Clinicians interested in female pelvic floor dysfunction – Urologists, urogynecologists, ob/gyns, Maternal fetal medicine specialists, physical therapists

Table of Contents


Charles Lockwood

Preface / Intro

John Delancey

Section 1: Principles of Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Biomechanics

Section editor: Steve Abramowitch

1. History of Biomechanics

Marianna Alperin

2. Pelvic floor Anatomy and Pathology

John Delancey

3. Musculoskeletal PF anatomy

Rhonda Kotarinos

4. Introduction to Classical Mechanics

Steven Abramowitz

5. Biomechanical Characterization of Native Pelvic Floor Organs and Tissues

Steven Abramowitz

6. Biomechanical measurements in animal models

Jun Liao

7. Biomechanics of pelvic floor prosthetic materials

Pam Moalli

Section 2: Influencers of Pelvic Floor Biomechanics

Section editor: Marianna Alperin

8. Biochemistry and Ultrastructure of pelvic floor tissues and organs

Keith Downing

9. Impact of Genetics on pelvic floor biomechanics

Maria Augusta Bortolini

10. Impact of Pregnancy/Childbirth on pelvic floor biomechanics

Marianna Alperin

11. Biomechanical environment of the pelvic floor

Stephanie Madill

12. Effect of Physical activity on the pelvic floor

Gerald Timm

Section 3: Imaging & Segmentation of Pelvic Floor

Section editor: Lennox Hoyte

13. Ultrasound Imaging of the pelvic floor

Chris Constantinou

14. MRI imaging of PF

Julia R. Fielding

15. Geometric representation of PF tissues

Lennox Hoyte

16. Image segmentation of pelvic floor (including super-resolution imaging methods)

Simon Warfield

17. Biomechanical Characterization of the Pelvic Floor using Tactile Imaging

Vladimir Egorov

Section 4: Biomechanical Modeling and Simulation of Pelvic Floor

Section editor: James Ashton-Miller

18. Computational Tools for Pelvic Floor Biomechanical analysis

Dan Simkins

19. Applications of pelvic floor Modeling and Simulation

Jenny Kruger

20. Building PF Simulations

Lennox Hoyte

21. Simulations of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

James Ashton-Miller

22. Biomechanical Childbirth Simulations

Renato Natal Jorge

Section 5: Conclusions

Section editors: Lennox Hoyte and Margot Damaser

23. PF biomechanics - What have we learned, what can we learn?

John Delancey

24. Future work/directions

James Ashton-Miller, Margot S. Damaser, Steven Abramowitz, John Delancey, Lennox Hoyte, Chris Constantinou, Pam Moalli and Marianna Alperin


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About the Editors

Lennox Hoyte

Director, Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, USF College of Medicine

Medical Director, Urogynecology and Robotic Surgery, Tampa General Hospital

Chief Medical Information Officer , USF Physicians Group

Dr. Hoyte is a fellowship trained specialist in Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). Dr. Hoyte specializes in advanced robotic surgery to correct vaginal prolapse, and is one of the leading robotic prolapse surgeons in the world. He has trained over 50 surgeons in the use of the Da Vinci robotic surgical system. In addition to speaking engagements, he has written two books on the subject - “prolapse repair”, and “robotic hysterectomy”, designed specifically to educate women about treatment options for prolapse.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, USF College of Medicine; Medical Director, Urogynecology and Robotic Surgery, Tampa General Hospital and Chief Medical Information Officer, USF Physicians Group

Margot Damaser

Cleveland Clinic Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Damaser maintains a Urological Biomechanics Laboratory where they investigate the causes of, and treatments for, female pelvic floor disorders. She received her undergraduate degree in bioengineering sciences from Harvard University, and her doctorate in bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2000, and the Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist Award, Department of Veterans Affairs in 2004. She is also a consultant for Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs, Inc.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic


"The engineering concepts are clearly presented and the clinical applications are wide ranging and relevant. Overall, this would be a helpful addition for any female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery group or pelvic floor biomechanical research group. Score: 82 - 3 Stars." --Doody's

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