Dear Colleagues,

the 12th annual Congress of the International Society of Pelviperineology will be held in Treviso/Venice, Italy, from October 6th to the 8th. It is an honour to organize this meeting, involving ISPP members, experts in the field of the pelvic floor from other International Societies, and with an important participation of the Italian scientific societies of the various specialties having common pelvic interests. The approach to the pelvic floor belongs to urologists, gynecologists, colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, pyschiatrists, obstetricians, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, radiologists, sexologists, andrologists: a patient-centered vision is needed!

The themes chosen “Current status, technological advances and perspectives”have the ambitious aim to provide not only a consensus on the management of pelvic floor disorders, according to the evidence-based medicine and the international guidelines, but to present and discuss new and emerging technologies. We hope that the numerous topics of the Congress (pelvic anatomy, mesh in prolapse surgery, chronic pelvic pain, therapy of urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic floor imaging, innovation in pelvic floor surgery, pelvic floor rehabilitation) will stimulate participants to submit abstracts and videos showing their personal experience and current or future research. In addition, pre and post-congress courses and workshops will give young doctors the opportunity to receive training and education on specific topics. The aims of the ISPP, which will be confirmed and developed as the congress proceeds, are the realization of formal and informal discussion groups, Masterclasses, Fellowships, in effect, a School for the formation of the Pelvic Surgeon, as well as Technological development and partnership with all interested Companies in our field.

Treviso, located in close proximity to Venice, is an amazing tourist destination and has a great deal to offer for those who are willing to explore. It has a Celtic origin, however in 89 BC the settlement was turned into a Roman commune and it developed into an important city. Throughout the middle age Treviso was part of the Lombard League and was involved in various sieges and conflicts, hence the need for stunning city walls and defensive towers. It is the site of the production of Prosecco wine and the birthplace of the dessert Tiramisù.

We wish to meet you in Treviso for a successful ISPP 2019!

Giulio A.Santoro & Giuseppe Dodi