ESUT-Live Surgery: navigated video-assisted surgery

24 February 2012

Following a more than 10-year tradition of live-surgery sessions, the EAU-section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) presents today an ambitious programme focussing on novel techniques in percutaneous, endourological, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted procedures.

This year, with the theme “Navigated video-assisted surgery and beyond” we want to focus on novel technology improving the performance of video-assisted surgery. This session is conducted in collaboration with the EAU-section of Imaging in Urology (ESIU), of Urolithiasis (EULIS), and Robotic Urologic Surgery (ERUS).

Primarily, we also want to celebrate the 15th anniversary of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in a city from where this revolutionary procedure was first promoted and later on gained world-wide popularity. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how new fluorescence techniques (i.e. photodynamic diagnostic using isocyanine green and 5-aminolevulinic acid) may improve the quality of our endoscopic procedures.

New access techniques

During laparoscopic and robot-assisted cases, we will compare new access techniques (such as LESS versus NOTES) as well as new instruments and devices (3D-imaging, ETHOS) improving the ergonomics of laparoscopy.

Moreover, the latest digital developments diagnosis (i.e. narrow band imaging, high definition technology) for flexible endoscopy of the upper and lower urinary tract, for and treatment of tumours and calculi, are demonstrated also in combination with supine PCNL using the novel split-screen technology. For the first time, the use of 3D-computerised tomography (Dyna-CT) is demonstrated to get access to the kidney.

Finally, we want to present the latest innovations in the endoscopic treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) including ablative and enucleating laser technologies (i.e. Green light XPS, Thulium Vela XL).

Expert faculty

The ESUT-faculty consists of internationally well-known experts serving as surgeons and moderators. The programme has been reviewed by the ESUT Advisory Board on Live Surgery (chairman: Prof. Claude Abbou). The different surgical procedures will be transmitted from three sites (Paris-Creteil, Mannheim and Aalst) in high-definition quality. A split-screen will allow the delegates to follow the uncommented procedures.

Traditionally, the format of the ESUT-Live Surgery will allow all delegates to directly communicate with the surgeons to ask questions and to discuss every aspect of the procedure. Moreover, the ESUT session will be recorded and made available on-line.

Supported by unrestricted educational grants from ETHOS-Surgical, GE-Healthcare, LISA-Laser, Intuitive Surgical, Karl Storz GMBH & CO.KG, Olympus, Steba Biotec, Siemens, Terumo.

Saturday, 25 February
10.15 – 17.15: Meeting of the EAU Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) in cooperation with live transmission from on-site surgical operations using split-screens at the ESUT meeting ERUS, EULIS and ESIU eURO-Auditorium