Kathleen Anne Connell

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BACKGROUND Synthetic meshes have been used extensively to augment surgical management of pelvic organ prolapses. Posterior intravaginal sling (IVS) is a technique used for correcting vaginal vault/apical prolapse, posterior vaginal prolapse or rectocele. There are limited data on long-term safety of this procedure. In a subanalysis of the IVS tapes from the(More)
The uterosacral ligaments (USLs) are key support structures of the uterus and upper vagina. Previously, we have shown that HOXA11 is necessary for the development of the USLs, is deficient in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and regulates expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Here we sought to determine if HOXA11 regulates cell(More)
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common, debilitating disorder affecting millions of women. Uterosacral ligaments (USLs) are the main supportive structures of the uterus and vagina and are often attenuated in women with POP. Although the mechanical strength of USLs is known to be dependent on collagen synthesis and catabolism and the degradation protein(More)
INTRODUCTION Bicycling is associated with neurological impairment and impotence in men. Similar deficits have not been confirmed in women. AIM To evaluate the effects of bicycling on genital sensation and sexual function in women. METHODS Healthy, premenopausal, competitive women bicyclists and runners (controls) were compared. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)
INTRODUCTION There are numerous genital complaints in women cyclists, including pain, numbness, and edema of pelvic floor structures. Debate ensues about the best saddle design for protection of the pelvic floor. AIM To investigate the relationships between saddle design, seat pressures, and genital nerve function in female, competitive cyclists. (More)
INTRODUCTION Cycling is associated with genital neuropathies and erectile dysfunction in males. Women riders also have decreased genital sensation; however, sparse information exists addressing the effects of modifiable risks on neurological injuries in females. AIM This study assesses the effects of bicycle setup and cyclists' attributes on GS and saddle(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to investigate baseline knowledge and demographic factors associated with a lack of knowledge about urinary incontinence (UI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). STUDY DESIGN This study was a community-based, cross-sectional survey of 431 racially and socioeconomically diverse women aged 19-98 years. The Prolapse and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate racial and ethnic differences in knowledge about preventative and curative treatments for pelvic floor disorders (PFD). METHODS The is a secondary analysis of responses from 416 community-dwelling women, aged 19 to 98 years, living in New Haven County, CT, who completed the Prolapse and Incontinence Knowledge Questionnaire.(More)
Anal incontinence (AI) is a significant problem that causes social and hygienic inconvenience. The true prevalence of AI is difficult to estimate due to inconsistencies in research methods, but larger studies suggest a rate of 2–6% for incontinence to stool. There is a significant association between sonographically detected anal sphincter defects and(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine the publication rate of full-text articles after the presentation of abstracts at consecutive annual meetings of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) over a 2-year period. METHODS Using abstract books published by the Journal of Pelvic Medicine and Surgery, we obtained the text of all abstracts(More)