Hospital da Luz Lisboa Urologists Perform Live Surgery at Challenges in Laparoscopy and Robotics 2016

Live cirurgy at Challenges in Laparoscopy and Robotics 2016

Hospital da Luz Lisboa team formed by Kris Maes and Rui Formoso, urologists, and José Passos, instrumentalist nurse, performed one of the live streamed surgeries – a robotic radical prostatectomy – for specialists present at Challenges in Laparoscopy and Robotics 2016, which took place in June 9 to 11, in Lisbon, gathering urologists from different parts of the globe.

Challenges in Laparoscopy and Robotics is an event organized since 2004. The 13th edition of this international congress focused on the most recent advances of robotic and laparoscopic technique in the area of urology, with talks, debates and several live streamed surgeries performed by the most prominent world urologists surgeons.

Kris Maes is urologist at Hospital da Luz since 2010 and is the coordinator of the Uro-oncologic Center and of the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center for the area of urology. Previously, he practised at Hospital de Saint-Blasius (Dendermonde, Belgium), being a pioneer in urologic laparoscopic surgery in the country. He started in urologic robotic surgery in 2006, using the Da Vinci system, being a proctor of Intuitive Surgical in robotic surgery, for Europe, having performed over 1700 laparoscopic and robotic procedures, and over 1000 robotic prostatectomies.

At Hospital da Luz Lisboa, more than 700 robotic surgeries have already been done, about 400 in the area of urology, mostly prostatectomies, but also other procedures, namely retroperitoneal partial nephrectomies.

Besides his participation in the live streamed surgery, Rui Formoso integrated the local organizing committee of Challenges in Laparoscopy and Robotics 2016, and Manuel Ferreira Coelho, director of Hospital da Luz Lisboa Urology Service, moderated the session of the live streamed surgery performed by the team oriented by Kris Maes.