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

San Francisco, CA USA (UroToday.com) 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: Learning Curve With The No-Flip Shangring Circumcision in Kenya

San Francisco, CA USA (UroToday.com) Omar Al Hussein Alawamlh, MD, a clinical urologist from New York, NY, presented on a study looking at the learning curve involved with a male circumcision device. Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) has been shown by three large randomized control trials in Africa to decrease HIV incidence in men by 50-60%. Given this, the UNAIDS and WHO have recommended that VMMC be included as part of their HIV prevention strategies. As a result, 14 sub-Saharan African countries have started to scale up male circumcision services.

AUA 2018: In vivo Assessment of a Biodegradable Ureteral Stent Based on Natural Origin Polymers

San Francisco, CA USA (UroToday.com) Alexandre Barros,MD, a PhD post doctorate of Biomaterials, Biodegradables, and Biomimetics of the University of Minho at Braga, Portugal, presented data on the efficacy of a novel hydrogel based biodegradable ureteral stent (BUS) in porcine models compared to the conventional commercial ureteral stent. As an introduction, Dr. Barros stated there has been a prevalence of injuries due to ureteral stents. Because of this, the objective of the study was to evaluate if the biodegradable stent would produce similar ureteral stent effects found with the conventional commercial stent for the ultimate goal of avoiding ureteral injury.