There will be a new approach to live surgery at EAU23, as the Scientific Congress Office is more directly involved rather than having the EAU sections draw up that part of the scientific programme. The result is less overlap with the rest of the programme and longer, simultaneous broadcasts of procedures.
SCO Chairman Prof. Albers (Düsseldorf, DE) stresses the importance of the contributions from the EAU sections of Uro-Technology, Robotic Urology and Urolithiasis (ESUT, ERUS and EULIS) but explains the decision to try a new approach for 2023.
“Since the Live Surgery Session is such an integral part of the Annual Congress, the organisation has been transferred to the EAU Scientific Congress Office and it will be led by Dr. Alberto Breda (Barcelona, ES) as member of the SCO.
ESUT, ERUS and EULIS are still involved in the development of the programme, but we felt that the scientific programme in total would benefit from a more central coordination.” “The secret of this terrific annual meeting is the friendship and trust we have all over Europe to develop such a brilliant programme together. Everyone can participate, there are no ‘closed shops’ and suggestions from the floor regarding speakers and topics are taken on board. Everyone is able to create and influence the meeting. We rely on our EAU sections as always and we also rely on the young academic urologists who present a lot of upcoming speakers, young, diverse and scientifically brilliant
Dr. Alberto Breda will be playing a large role in coordinating the live surgery in Milan on behalf of the SCO and is looking forward to EAU23: “We’re taking this opportunity to move live surgery at the Annual Congress towards a new concept. In previous years, the live surgery event was effectively a ‘big show’ of many companies showing their technology in five-minute segments. Now it’s going to be organised more like the EAU’s other live surgery events, with demonstrations of procedures lasting at least half an hour.”
“This also allows for more audience interaction with the moderator. A three-screen set-up like people might have seen at ERUS meetings means each procedure lasts 30 minutes to one hour. This is also the result of industry feedback.” “In Milan, we will be working with four hospitals: Humanitas, Niguarda, San Paolo and San Raffaele. This will give us a total of 10 operating theatres and allows us a wide range of procedures, from open to minimally invasive, from endourological to percutaneous.”