Dr. Lennox Hoyte's New Book Giving Women Hope

For Dr. Lennox Hoyte, a USF Health specialist in urogynecology, 2008 began with the publication of his new book. The textbook entitled “Atlas of Pelvic Floor Ultrasound” was 14 months in the making. He’s one of three co-authors on the book – an international collaboration of the minds. Providing the American expertise was Dr. Hoyte, an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, and Division Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. His co-authors, Dr. Hans Peter Dietz and Dr. Anneke B. Steensma, collaborated from Sydney, Australia.

“We worked entirely by email and internet exchanges”, says Dr. Hoyte, “I wrote the chapter on MRI Anatomy of the pelvic floor.”

“Well, in these days of electronic communication, we’re all used to doing this kind of thing. Sometimes one wonders why we ever meet in person, e.g. at international meetings. Lennox was easy to work with. He knew exactly what we needed for this project, and he was the best person to provide it”, said Dr. Hans Peter Dietz, Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Western Clinical School, University of Sydney.

The textbook, published in December 2007, targets gynecologists, urogynecologists, female urologists, radiologists involved in the treatment of the female pelvic floor – composed of voluntary muscles and ligaments in the pelvis that work together to support organs in the urinary tract, genital tract and the rectum. In women, the pelvic floor plays a vital role in the body’s most intimate and reproductive functions. Disorders of the female pelvic floor include urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, uterine prolapse, sexual dissatisfaction, chronic intense pelvic pain and more.

“The purpose of the atlas is to educate specialists in the diagnosis and use of pelvic floor ultrasound in the treatment of female pelvic floor disorders”, says Dr. Hoyte. Pelvic floor disorders affect millions of women in the U.S. and around the world. Risk factors include childbirth and aging. Many pelvic floor specialists believe that ultrasound can help show abnormalities in the pelvic anatomy. A proper understanding of those anatomic defects can help doctors design appropriate therapy for their patients suffering from these embarrassing and, in some cases, painful physical abnormalities.

The new textbook is described as an invaluable resource for specialists given the trend towards the use of ultrasounds in order to aid diagnosis in women wiht pelvic floor disorders. Ultrasounds provide a cost-effective and non-invasive tool for doctors. The work of Dr. Hoyte and company also includes an accompanying DVD with 4D features – providing physicians with a simple and convenient way to train in pattern recognition and quantitative analysis.

When asked what he enjoyed most about the project, Dr. Hoyte said it was the opportunity to help pelvic floor specialists use ultrasound to better understand the anatomic defects which may be associated with pelvic floor dysfunctions in their patients.

Dr. Hoyte is an Associate Professor and Division Director in the USF College of Medicine and Director of Urogynecology and the TGH Pelvic Floor Disorders Group at Tampa General Hospital – the medical school’s primary teaching hospital.

Story by Lissette Campos, USF Health Communications
Photography by USF Health Media Center

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