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Northwestern University to host genitourinary robotics reconstruction course

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“The purpose of the course is really to bring together like-minded surgeons and physicians who are interested in robotic reconstructive surgery to really come together to not only build a network, but also discuss complex situations, discuss tips and tricks, and also to review the most salient literature in this space,” says Ziho Lee, MD.

In this video, Ziho Lee, MD, gives an overview of the upcoming 2023 Advances in Genitourinary Robotics Reconstruction Course at Northwestern University, to be held October 7, 2023. Lee is an assistant professor and the director of Urologic Male Reconstruction and Robotic Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago Illinois. For more information about the course, go to https://tinyurl.com/27dsx5p7

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As reconstructive urologists, I think we've been a little bit slower to adapt the robotic modality. Fortunately, there's been an increasing interest in implementing robotics into complex reconstructive surgery. I think there are many benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery like shorter hospital stay and less post operative pain and shorter time to get back to normal, everyday functions. With that being said, the purpose of the course is really to bring together like-minded surgeons and physicians who are interested in robotic reconstructive surgery to really come together to not only build a network, but also discuss complex situations, discuss tips and tricks, and also to review the most salient literature in this space. We're really fortunate in the course to have an all-star cast of faculty, who've really been at the forefront of robotic reconstructive surgery. It's really an awesome opportunity to learn some tips and tricks and not only learn to establish your practice, but also for seasoned reconstructive urologists, we will be having a lot of very complex intraoperative decision-making discussions and how to manage very complex situations that will be really useful not only clinically, but also in the research space, and also to just advance the field forward. I think one of the unique aspects of this course is we really want it to be a discussion-based format. The attendees can come forward with any types of questions from how to place robotic ports, or how to access complex abdomens or how to select appropriate patients for certain types of procedures. We will have sections on more complex decisions, like how to branch off the reconstructive ladder for more complex situations, or when you have unexpected findings intraoperatively, how to pivot to still come up with a surgical solution based on reconstructive principles. As far as course attendees, this is a great opportunity for interested residents. All 4 faculty in the course have fellowship programs, and so it's a great way to network with various fellowship directors. Additionally, it's going to be great for current fellows who are interested in robotic reconstruction. And lastly, I think it's also a very educational course for seasoned or attending physicians who are interested in robotic reconstruction. Last year, we had a bunch of faculty from other institutions who have reached out and thought that the course was extremely beneficial and helped them not only increase their repertoire, but also allow them to feel more comfortable tackling more complex reconstructive scenarios. So we're really happy about this, and I really do think that it's going to be an incredible educational and networking event for robotic reconstructive surgeons.

This transcript was edited for clarity.

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