The third structured hands-on skills training programme in Robotic radical prostatectomy was successfully conducted at Medanta – The Medicity, Gurugram, Delhi NCR, India between March 5th to 9th, 2018. The course was chaired by Dr NP Gupta and Drs Rajiv Yadav and Manav Suryavanshi served as course Directors. Hands-on training was given to four Urologists, from different cities in India – one each from Coimbatore, Moga, Nagpur and Delhi.
The programme included didactic lectures spread over 10 hours and covering the entire spectrum of topics from basics of robotic surgery, applied surgical anatomy of prostate, step-wise robotic radical prostatectomy to management of post-operative complications and functional and oncological outcomes. A focussed video session demonstrated step-wise robotic radical prostatectomy, and others on challenging situations like previous abdominal surgery, obese patients, large size median lobe and post prostate surgery, salvage prostatectomy and complications. A robotic radical prostatectomy being performed by Dr Vipul Patel was webcast live from the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine, Orlando, Florida, USA. All members could interact on a one-to-one basis with the world-renowned robotic prostatectomy expert.
Trainees were given an overview of the robotic system, operating room set up and docking. This was followed by dry lab training and technical skills based training on simulator of 10 hours each. Three Robotic Radical Prostatectomy surgeries were demonstrated live on a dual console robotic system, exercising the see-and-repeat model of instructions between the mentoring surgeon and trainee. Trainees also observed two robotic partial nephrectomies and one robotic radical cystectomy during the course.
The highlight of the course was wet-lab training spread over a period of six hours. Each participant individually simulated urethro-vesical anastomosis on a porcine uterus and aorta model. The session was widely appreciated as a vital tool in learning hands-on skills and developing confidence with the use of robot in a clinical setting.
The course received an encouraging feedback from the trainees, who actively participated in all different aspects of the comprehensive training programme. In continuum, the structured hands-on skills training programme in robotic radical prostatectomy schedule for the year 2018 is as follows –
1. 4th SSTP from 04th– 08th Jun 2018
2. 5th SSTP from 03rd – 07th Sep 2018
3. 6th SSTP from 03rd – 07thDec 2018
Please register early, as each training programme is limited to six trainees on a first- come, first-serve basis.