Urologist at Hospital da Luz invited to give training in new robotic equipment
In early September, Kris Maes, urologist and coordinator of the Center for Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital da Luz, was invited to train belgian surgeons in the new model for robotic surgery Da Vinci Xi (Intuitive Surgery), installed in Imelda Hospital in Belgium, one of the first in Europe of this range. In this context, Kris Maes perfomed two radical prostatectomies in patients with localized prostate cancer; interventions were uneventful and patients were discharged two days later.
Kris Maes is urologist at Hospital da Luz since 2010 and at Hospital da Luz - Clínica Oeiras since 2013. Previously he developed his career at Hospital Sint-Blasius (Dendermonde, Belgium), being a pioneer in this country in urologic laparoscopic surgery. He began in robotic urologic surgery in 2006, using the Da Vinci system, and is now proctor in robotic urologic surgery from Intuitive Surgery to Europe. Kris Maes already performed more than 1500 laparoscopic and robotic procedures and over 500 robotic prostatectomies. In February 2014 he was director of the symposium "Minimally invasive and robotic urology" and co-director of the symposium "Treatment options in prostate cancer" under the Leaping Forward International Clinical Congress held in Hospital da Luz in Lisbon. As an expert in robotic surgery has also been guest speaker at several international meetings in his area of specialty. He integrates the editorial board of the Journal of Robotic Surgery, the most prestigious international journal in the field of robotic surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery was, from the beginning, one of the main focuses of the Hospital da Luz. The initial investment in Storz OR1, and, in 2010, in the robotic surgery system Da Vinci Si HD has allowed surgeons at Hospital da Luz to develop a consistent and increasingly intense work in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Currently, in the hospital, are carried out regularly, numerous highly complex procedures using minimally invasive surgery, in particular robotic surgery. The knowledge, experience and commitment to the training of medical teams and nursing transformed the Hospital da Luz in a reference for minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery.