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The 6th Annual Meeting of
 the Asia-Pacific Urogynecology Association (APUGA)

Tsung-Hsien Su
President of APUGA (The Asia-Pacific Urogynecology Association)
Tsung-Hsien Su
(Superintendent, MacKay Memorial Hospital, Hsinchu
Treasurer, AOFOG
Professor, MacKay Medical College)

Dear APUGA members and colleagues,

On behalf of Joint Annual Meeting of Asian Pacific Urogynecology Association (APUGA, 6th Annual Meeting) and Japanese Society of POP Surgery (JPOPS), I would like to invite all of you to join the meeting in Okinawa on Mar. 22-24, 2019. APUGA was organized by the urogynecologists in Asian Pacific region, sponsored by The Foundation of Women’s Health and Urogynecology of Taiwan (FWHUT), in 2014. The purposes of this Association are to promote women’s health and the quality of women’s health care in low urinary tract, pelvic floor and sexual functions and related medical science in Asia-Pacific regions. This is the first time to organize a joint meeting with JPOPS in Japan. In the scientific meeting, there are well-organized programs, including joint symposium, plenary speech, round table education program, new research oral presentations and young urogynecologists’ session. I believe this well-planned joint meeting will be interesting to you.

Okinawa, used to be called “the Ryukyu Kingdom,” owns a unique culture formed by the dynamic mix of characteristics from various countries through trade with China, Japan, Korea and other Southeast Asian countries. It is known for its warm climate, coral reefs and emerald water. Japan's 47th and poorest prefecture, Okinawa is an odd mix of American military bases, Japanese resort hotels, local island culture, pineapple plantations, and towns with pachinko parlors and girlie bars. No doubt, it ‘ll be an unforgettable meeting for both of academic and cultural activities.

JPOPS is a well-known society with good history. With the linkage of APUGA and JPOPS together, I hope every participant will bring valuable scientific technique and knowledge back home to benefit their patients and get enjoyable experiences for themselves. Looking forward to seeing you in Okinawa in the coming March!

The 13th Japanese Society of POP Surgery

Seiichi SaitoChairman of the 13th Japanese
Society of POP Surgery

Seiichi Saito
(Professor, Department of Urology,
Graduate School of Medicine,
University of the Ryukyus)

Masami Takeyama Chairman of the 13th Japanese
Society of POP Surgery

Masami Takeyama
(Head of the Urogynecology Center /
Female Urology department,
First Towakai Hospital)

It is an honor to be able to host the 13th Japanese Society of POP Surgery in Okinawa. Originally known as the TVM Research Society, which was set up for the purpose of safely promulgating tension-free vaginal mesh (TVM) surgery in 2007, the Society responded to changing times by changing its name to the Japanese Society of POP Surgery through Society of POP Surgery.

Prolift-type TVM, which was introduced to Japan in 2005, evolved differently than in the West into a unique TVM technique using self-cut mesh. Due to the aftereffects of a strong warning from the US FDA in 2011, that TVM surgery was met with strong headwinds because PP mesh—the only one approved for TVM use in Japan—became unusable. Thankfully, through the strenuous efforts of various concerned societies and the late Dr. Makoto Shimada, a substitute product became usable; it is thought that this presented an opportunity for many specialists to abandon TVM for NTR—which doesnʼt use a mesh—and begin to use laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (LSC). Since then, efforts related to selection between the NTR, TVM, and LSC surgical methods continue. With the belief that during this sort of transition period, whatʼs important is to return to the origins of each surgical method and learn precise techniques with attention to detail, weʼve set the theme for this Society as, “God is in the details. Letʼs pay particular attention to detail in POP surgery.”

Our Society is fortunate to be able to hold this event as a joint meeting with the Asia-Pacific Urogynecology Association (APUGA). Fraternization with experts from Asian nations has been one of JPOPSʼ themes for several years, and we would be overjoyed if we can forge closer links with urogynecologists from Asian countries through this joint meeting with APUGA.

The 13th Japanese Society of POP Surgery