Kris Maes invited to perform two robotic partial nephrectomies in Belgium

Urologist and coordinator of the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre in Hospital da Luz, Kris Maes was invited to perform two robotic partial nephrectomies in a hospital near Brussels, Belgium. These interventions were part of the training program of Belgian surgical teams with the new model of robotic surgical system Da Vinci Xi (Intuitive Surgical).

One of the interventions was performed on a 150 kg obese patient with only one kidney and a complicated tumour. The operation allowed removing the tumour and keeping the kidney, avoiding future dialysis. The other intervention was performed on a patient with only one functional kidney and a central intrarenal tumour, a location that hinders significantly the necessary dissection for removing the tumour. Both operations were carried out without complications and minimal blood loss, the patients being discharged form hospital after the three days post-operative.

It was the third time this year that Kris Maes was at Imelda Hospital teaching uro-oncology with the new robotic surgical system Da Vinci Xi, one of the first installed in Europe.

Kris Maes practices urology at Hospital da Luz since 2010 and Hospital da Luz – Clínica de Oeiras since 2013. Previously, he carried out his career at Sint-Blasius Hospital, in Dendermonde, Belgium, being pioneer in urologic laparoscopic surgery in that country. He started in urologic robotic surgery, using Da Vinci system, in 2006 and is proctor of urologic robotic surgery for Intuitive Surgical in Europe. He conducted more than 1700 robotic and laparoscopic interventions and more than 650 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», in the scope of the Leaping Forward International Clinical Congress, held in Lisbon at Hospital da Luz. In the capacity of specialist in robotic surgery, he has been an invited speaker at several international meetings in his area of expertise. He is part of the editorial board of the Journal of Robotic Surgery, the most prestigious international scientific magazine in the area of robotic surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery was, from the very beginning, a major area of interest for Hospital da Luz. The initial investment in the intelligent room for minimally invasive surgery (Storz OR1) and, in 2010, in Da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system allowed surgeons at Hospital da Luz to develop a consistent and increasingly intensive work in minimally invasive surgical techniques. The knowledge, acquired experience and investment in medical and nursing teams training made Hospital da Luz a reference in minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery.