AUA 2018: Trends in Renal Surgery from the National Inpatient Sample: Implications for Resident Education

San Francisco, CA USA ( In accordance with the increased diagnosis of renal cancer in the past two decades, urologists have become more comfortable with minimally invasive surgery. However, there is yet no established impact of these observations on resident exposure and case mix. The objective of this study was to examine trends in utilization of open and minimally invasive approaches for radical and partial nephrectomies, in training and nonteaching institutions.

AUA 2018: Comparison of Two Digital, Single Use Flexible Ureterorenoscopes (Boston Scientific Lithovue And Pusen Pu3022) - A Prospective Study

San Francisco, CA USA ( The number and availability of single-use flexible ureteroscopes has currently been on the rise as more companies begin to develop scopes in this novel area. There have currently been no in vivo studies to compare the performance of different single use scopes. In lieu of this, Dr. Kam and colleagues sought to compare the Pusen single-use scope vs the LithoVue (Boston Scientific) single-use scope. The reusable Olympus URF-V2 was used as a standard for this comparison.

AUA 2018: Portable Digital Endoscopy Using Laptop Adaptor Device

San Francisco, CA USA (  Brian Calio, MD presented his institution’s experience using a portable, digital ureteroscope that uses a laptop as its video monitoring system. As an introduction to his talk, Dr. Calio explained the importance of ureteroscopy in urology today. However, he also explained that ureteroscopy presents a financial obstacle to many countries. These high costs can exceed $30,000 and includes the cost of a reusable rigid and/or flexible scope. CCD/CMOS video camera with coupler, halogen light source, video recorder.

AUA 2018: 3D Printed Virtual Models for Planning and Counseling of Robot-assisted Radical Prostatectomy and Partial Nephrectomy

San Francisco, CA USA ( Riccardo Bertolo, MD, presented data on the use of 3D printed and Virtual models for planning and patient counseling for robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) and robot-assisted partial nephrectomy cases. As an introduction to his talk, Dr. Bertol stated that a surgeon may not have the right perception of the real anatomical details with the standard imaging and that Fluorescece-based imaging and image guidance have been explored, but their use remains under scrutiny.

AUA 2018: Radical Nephrectomy for Recurrent Renal Cell Carcinoma: Patient Selection for Laparoscopic Approach

San Francisco, CA USA ( Zachary Kozel, MD of the Arthur Smith Institute for Urology at Northwell Health presented a moderated poster of their experience with laparoscopic completion nephrectomy following locoregional renal cell carcinoma (RCC) recurrence.

AUA 2018: The Utility of Emergently Placed Interventional Radiology Nephrostomy Tube Tracts for Subsequent Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

San Francisco, CA USA ( Patients undergoing percutaneous nephrolithotomies require optimal percutaneous access to remove kidney stones larger than 2 cm. The primary goal for this access is to safely drain urine, usually completed by interventional radiology. Dr. Kaitlan Cobb of George Washington University and her research team observed the efficiency of nephrostomy tubes placed by IR to obtain percutaneous access in acute settings.

AUA 2018: ELOC-Mutated Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Distinct Clinical Entity with Unclear Disease Course

San Francisco, CA USA ( Renzo DiNatale, MD, a urology research fellow at Memorial Sloan Cancer Center, presented on hotspot mutations in ELOC and the hypothesis of how clear-cell renal cell carcinomas (RCC) with certain mutations in the ELOC gene may have an indolent disease course. He began by noting that RCC frequently has many of the same genomic mutations, but some cases of RCC, does not show the mutations typically associated with clear cell (ccRCC) or papillary RCC and instead have variations within the ELOC gene.

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