Biomechanics of the Female Pelvic Floor

Biomechanics of the Female Pelvic Floor

1st Edition - March 1, 2016

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  • Editors: Lennox Hoyte, Margot Damaser
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128032282
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128032299

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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

  • Foreword

    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 468
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: March 1, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128032282
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128032299

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

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  • Ghazaleh n. Thu Mar 15 2018

    Excellent book, highy recommend to

    Excellent book, highy recommend to scientists with interest in pelvic floor mechanics.