Complications of Female Incontinence and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Editor Howard B. Goldman Humana Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-1617799235, Hardback, 230 pages, £126.00

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The book begins by discussing the need for taxonomy of complications of pelvic floor surgery. Chapter 2 deals with the general complications common to all operations. Further chapters then deal with specific types of surgeries outlining the type of surgery and potential complications, both intraoperative and postoperative. Treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical are also discussed. Combinations of common and not so common conditions are dealt with.

The chapters themselves are well divided by procedure, allowing the reader to easily jump to the relevant section. The diagrams are clear and simple to follow. This allows the text to be visualised clearly. The clinical images are clear and in colour. With the exception of chapter 1 the text is clear and readable. It is well referenced and the reference list at the end of each chapter is helpful for those who wish to do further reading.

This book is aimed at anyone dealing with pelvic reconstructive surgery. For the urologist there are several chapters to be recommended as essential reading, although given the remaining chapter topics it is unlikely to find its way on to most urologists' bookshelves. It would, however, be worthwhile asking the library to invest in a copy as it is an excellent reference source.

From the gynaecology point of view, the whole book is an excellent reference source and I would recommend this book without reservation. Those dealing with female incontinence or pelvic reconstruction should especially consider this a ‘must read’.

In conclusion, this is a very informative well referenced book that is clear and easy to follow, and allows for a thorough understanding of the complications of incontinence and pelvic reconstructive surgery.

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