The EAU Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) is set to host its sixth meeting in Modena, Italy this coming spring, together with the Italian Endourological Association (IEA). On May 24-26, 2018 delegates can expect a complete update on the technology that (endo-)urologists will be using in the coming years in the treatment of their patients.
ESUT Chairman Prof. Liatsikos emphasized the wide-ranging nature of the scientific programme, as well as the great diversity in its most important component: the live surgery sessions. Rather than inviting the surgeons to perform their surgery in Modena or in nearby cities, live surgery will be broadcast from places as far away from the audience as South Korea, China, India and Brazil.
“We are preparing to give delegates a technological update on the entire spectrum of endourology,” Prof. Liatsikos summarized. “Treatment of upper and lower urinary tract stones, laparoscopic and robot-assisted procedures like radical prostatectomies, nephrectomies and cystectomies.”
“We have updated the programme from our last meeting in Athens (ESUT16 in Athens) to reflect and showcase the latest developments and technical breakthroughs. We’ve seen improvements in scopes and imaging techniques, as well as new manufacturers entering the market. ESUT18-IEA is a platform for all of Europe’s endourologists to get acquainted with the latest technology, and we offer some of the world’s best surgeons to demonstrate technique as much as technology.”
Collaboration with the IEA
ESUT18-IEA is a collaborative meeting, the first of its kind for the Uro-Technology Section. “One of the core aims of ESUT is to establish good relations with all of Europe’s endourologic societies. By joining forces in this way, we provide members of other (national) societies with the access to international colleagues, companies and crucially, technologies.”
“We’ve not formally worked with the IEA before, but some of them are also our members. We’ve been in close contact in the organization of this meeting, and this marks our first official collaboration.” The collaboration will be expressed in the scientific programme by featuring many Italian presenters and a large local audience, all taking part in the English-language programme.
Innovations in Live Surgery
Live surgery is an integral part of the scientific programme, taking place on all three days across six sessions. Some of these sessions feature as many as three live procedures. Pre-recorded case presentations, edited to ten minutes each will be interspersed throughout the live programme to keep the level of education (and interaction) high for the audience.
Liatsikos: “Our live surgery is coming from across the globe, including stone surgery from India, robotic procedures from South Korea and laparoscopic procedures from China and Brazil. Uniquely, this will give participants insights into how surgery is performed at these institutions, by surgeons in their native environment.”
This marks a change from the more usual approach for live surgery, where ‘guest surgeons’ are flown in to perform at local surgical theatres in the vicinity of the congress venue, often with local surgical teams. This international dimension to the live surgery will give extra flavor and new insights for the delegates at ESUT18-IEA.