AUA 2011 - SPU: Laparoscopy/robotics - Session Highlights


WASHINGTON, DC USA ( - The concluding panel session was moderated by Dr. Paul Noh and focused on the expanding role of laparoscopy and robotic surgery in pediatric urology.

Drs. Jack Elder, Boris Chertin, and Patricio Gargollo presented a variety of applications of minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of a variety of pediatric GU conditions.

Dr. Elder demonstrated that the role of robotic surgery can be expanded in those comfortable with performing pyeloplasty. He argued the techniques utilized in performing a robotic assisted pyeloplasty can be expanded to performing pyelolithotomy, ureteroureterostomy, mitrofanoff procedure and complex pyeloplasty.

Dr. Chertin presented the laparoscopic single site (LESS) surgery and noted that a variety of companies make the multichannel port to allow for LESS surgery.

Lastly Dr. Gargollo demonstrated the role of the robot in bladder neck reconstruction.


Moderated by Paul Noh, MD at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Urology during the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting - May 14 - 19, 2011 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC USA

Reported for UroToday by Pamela I. Ellsworth, MD, Associate Professor Surgery (Urology), Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the Contributing Editor and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the SPU or the American Urological Association.



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