Urologist Kris Maes Performs Live Surgery at Hospital da Luz Lisboa


Kris Maes, director of Hospital da Luz Lisboa (HLL) Urology Service, where he is also coordinator of Uro-oncologic Center and of the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, will perform a live surgery, to be broadcasted in real time and simultaneously for the participants in the Congress of the Portuguese Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery and for HLL professionals, in the hospital’s auditorium.

Hospital da Luz Lisboa urologist will perform a robotic partial nephrectomy in the HLL operating unit with HLL urologist Rui Formoso, which will be followed by colleagues gathered in Parque das Nações Congress Center, in Lisbon, in the morning of October 14. It is a patient with a kidney tumor, who will be removed under temporary clamping of the kidney, with preservation of this organ.

During surgery, there will be a debate, moderated by specialists Paulo Roquete, also from Luz Lisboa, Estevão Lima and Carlos Luz, from Hospital CUF Infante Santo and Hospital dos Lusíadas respectively.

The surgery will also be, simultaneously, broadcasted to the hospital’s auditorium, where all interested professionals are invited to.

Robotic surgery was introduced in Portugal, seven years ago, in Hospital da Luz Lisboa, which remained until quite recently the only hospital in the country to perform surgeries using this technique and to have a surgical robot available.

Urologist Kris Maes, Belgian, was pioneer in our country in robotic surgery, contributing to the training and development of many Portuguese physicians from Hospital da Luz.

Presently, robotic surgery is a surgical technique used in many specialities, such as urology, gynaecology, cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery.

The 10th edition of the Portuguese Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery Congress will take place in Lisboa, from 12-14 October, and gathers specialists from all over the country, this year being especially dedicated to topics related with rigid endoscopy, flexible endoscopy and image-guided procedures.