Hospital da Luz Urologists Perform Robotic Prostate Surgery in International Congress

Cirurgia robótica próstata congresso

Kris Maes, head of Hospital da Luz Lisboa Urology Service, performed a live-streamed surgery during the Techno-Urology Meeting, an international congress that gathered in Turin the world top specialists in robotic surgery, between 24 and 26 January. As main surgeon, Kris Maes was assisted by Rui Formoso, also Hospital da Luz Lisboa urologist.

The surgery performed by Hospital da Luz physicians consisted in a prostatic adenomectomy for benign prostatic hypertrophy, in a 62-year-old male patient presenting low urinary complaints.
This is a technique often performed in open surgery, and more rarely by robotic means – hence the invitation to Kris Maes to make it in an international event. In this case, the prostate weighed about 150 grams, with large median lobe, making it challenging. The surgery lasted about an hour and a half and presented no complications. It is worth mentioning that Kris Maes is also coordinator of Hospital da Luz Lisboa Uro-Oncology Center, and coordinator of the Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the same hospital. Rui Formoso practices urology also in Oeiras and Odivelas Hospital da Luz units.

This was the 6th edition of Techno-Urology Meeting, dedicated to the theme “New technologies for more precise surgery”. The congress, a unique event in the world, included lectures on the most recent and pertinent advances in prostate, kidney and bladder cancer, and also in benign pathology, including new technologies associated to its treatment. The participants had the opportunity to follow 22 live-streamed surgeries, performed at S. Luigi Gonzaga Hospital, in Orbassano (Turin, Italy).

In the photo, from left to right, Rui Formoso, Kris Maes and other surgeons that performed surgeries in this congress: James Porter (Seattle, USA), Alexandre Mottrie (Aalst, Belgium), Peter Wiklund (Inst Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden).