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Three compartments–working with a multidisciplinary team 

Three compartments–working with a multidisciplinary team
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Three compartments–working with a multidisciplinary team
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Karen Nugent

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10.1093/med/9780199579624.003.0008
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date: 07 June 2020

Chapter 8 discusses the hardly surprising fact that, considering the mechanisms of injury resulting in pelvic floor problems in the colorectal patient, that many of these patients have co-existing urological and gynaecological problems. The anatomy of the pelvic floor, both muscular and neurological, suggests that damage to one part of the anatomy may well result in damage to a closely related organ. Traditionally the pelvic floor has been divided into compartments; anterior, middle, and posterior; with each part being looked after by a separate group of surgeons (urologists, gynaecologists and coloproctologists). This has often led to multiple procedures at different times and the patient’s problems rarely being addressed as a whole, but as separate parts.

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