What is Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery?

Dr. Khandwala, FPMRS, Urogynecology, Board Certified Urogynecologist, Pelvic MedicineThe American Board of Medical Specialties approved Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), also known as urogynecology, as a certified subspecialty in 2011, and the first doctors were board-certified in 2013. Urogynecologists are physicians who complete medical school and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Urology. These physicians are specialists with additional years of fellowship training and certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

What conditions do the FPMRS doctors manage?

The additional FPMRS training provides expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions that affect the muscles and connective tissue of the female pelvic organs. Pelvic floor conditions that are managed  include urinary leakage, bowel leakage, bladder or vaginal pain, pelvic organ prolapse and female sexual dysfunction. FPMRS physicians are also knowledgeable on the latest research in the field pertaining to these conditions and are more often than not involved in research studies themselves.

Where did Dr Khandwala do his FPMRS training?

Dr Khandwala trained with one of the first ever Urogynecologists in the country, Dr Alfred Bent in Baltimore Maryland. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and then did the fellowship. He is also fellowship trained in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery from the University of Clermont Ferrand, France.

What is a Board Certified Urogynecologist or Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon?
A physician who has passed an exam from the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and American Board of Urology attesting that they possess exceptional expertise in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. The first board certification exam was in 2013. Dr Khandwala was amongst the first group of doctors in the country to get certified in FPMRS.

He now maintains his annual certification by reading published articles and giving a test every year. Dr Khandwala also publishes papers in the field of FPMRS.