27th WCE 2009 Munich, Germany * World Congress of Endourology & SWL * www.wce2009.de * October 6th - 10th 2009

Scientific Highlights

Interview with the president

The program will be an well balanced combination of various methodologies for scientific exchange and education.

1. Educational Sessions of the International Endourological Groups

Traditionally, on first day of the meeting (Tuesday afternoon, 6th October 2009, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.), the three International Endourological Groups will present an interesting program for their members and interested guests:

- EAU-section of Uro-technology (ESUT)
- Confederación Americana de Urologia (CAU)
- Asian Association of Endourology (AAE)

2. Basic Research Symposium

As the motor of innovation, the Basic Research Symposium (Tuesday afternoon, 6th October, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) will offer young urologist to present their work and novel ideas in a set of oral presentations. The number of speakers per session will be limited to provide adequate time for discussion. Abstracts are very welcome!

3. Live Surgery (Endourologists at work)

Live-demonstration of new techniques via satellite broadcasting (HDTV quality) will be one of the main topics of the Meeting. Most of the procedures will be carried out at the Department of Urology, Medical School Rechts der Isar in Munich (Head: Prof. Dr. J. Gschwend, Local Coordinator: Dr. M. Straub). Four operating rooms will be provided for simultaneous use.

Additionally, dedicated procedures of minimally invasive pelvic floor surgery will be broadcasted from the Department of Urology, Medical School Regensburg (Head: Prof. Dr. W. Wieland) as well as non-invasive procedures such as HIFU and ESWL from the Department of Urology Klinikum Harlaching in Munich (Head: Prof. Dr. C. Chaussy).

Every day is dedicated to specific topics of Live-Surgery.

Wednesday, 7th October 2009, 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Endourology: Demonstration of flexible URS with digital technology, newest multi-channel devices, instruments for treatment of urinary calculi; Supine and prone PCNL with demonstration of different access techniques; ESWL focusing on new features of a recently developed lithotriptor. Moreover, recent advances of diagnosis of superficial bladder cancer such as photodynamic diagnosis and narrow band imaging as well as new intravesical therapies (ie. Botolinum toxine injection) will be shown.

Thursday, 8th October 2009, 8.30 to 11.30 a.m.
Laparoscopy: Operative steps of classical procedures such as radical prostatectomy or partial nephrectomy using different new tools for intraoperative navigation and techniques for tumor resection; laparoscopic assisted cryoablation of renal tumors as well as robot assisted surgery (ie. daVinci prostatectomy). Additionally, novel minimally invasive techniques for pelvic floor repair will be demonstrated.

Friday, 9th October 2009, 8.30 to 11.30 a.m.
BPH-treatment: Various techniques in the endoscopic management of BPH will be shown including laser ablation (ie Green-light), laser resection with different devices (Holmium-YAG, Thulium, Diode), bipolar resection and ablation. Additionally, minimally invasive alternatives in the management of localized prostate cancer such as HIFU and cryoablation will be demonstrated.

4. Plenary Sessions

To accomplish a concentrated exchange of sciences, we will minimize parallel sessions in the morning. From Wednesday to Friday (7th to 9th October 2009), state of the art lectures will summarize actual topics such as

- Robotic surgery – what is beyond daVinci
- NOTES for Urology
- Update on navigation
- Microrobotics for endoscopic surgery
- Central research office in endourology
- Minimally invasive therapy and uro-oncology

Pro-and-Con-debates will be integrated to stimulate the discussion:

- Prone versus supine PCNL
- The clinical value of LESS
- Laparoscopic versus open radical cystectomy
- The role of laparoscopy in stage I testicular cancer
- The optimal treatment for BPH

On Saturday, 10th October 2009, we try to focus on Highlights and Take Home Messages for the delegates together with interesting Panel Discussions.

As a special Historical Highlight, we will ask dedicated pioneers of the most important techniques in Endourology to report on the difficulties and the story of success of their specific procedure (ie. ESWL, PCNL, URS, laparoscopic nephrectomy).

5. Subplenary Sessions

These Sessions are dedicated to topics, which are of interest for subgroups of the delegates such as the Society of Robotic Surgery in Urology, the Society of Engineering and Urology, the stent group and are dedicated to specific topics including

- Minimally invasive therapy and uro-oncology
- Minimally invasive therapy in children
- Imaging in Urology
- ESWL-technology – ask the technician and clinician
- Evidence of medical devices
- Simulators and Training in Endourology and Laparoscopy
- Techniques of Navigation in laparoscopic and robotic surgery
- Nightmares in Endourology
- Minimally invasive therapy of male incontinence

Additionally, subplenary session will included Masterclasses / How I do it sessions on specific endourological techniques with presentations of tips and tricks:

- How to improve early continence after radical prostatectomy
- How to improve potency after radical prostatectomy
- Tips and tricks of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy
- Masterclass in URS
- Masterclass in PCNL

6. Hands-on courses

From Wednesday (7th October 2009) to Friday (9th October 2009) we will offer hands-on training courses in the afternoon (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) for three different techniques:

- URS: Rigid and flexible ureteroscopy using artificial and porcine models.
- Laparoscopy: Standardized models for endoscopic suturing and dissection using perfused organ models (P.O.P.-trainer).
- TUR P: Monopolar and bipolar transurethral resection using different artificial models.

Each course will start with a detailed description of the techniques and tasks, which will be trained at the different stations. To guarantee an effective training situation, the participants for each course have to be limited to 18-20 delegates on a first comes first serves principle (see registration).

7. Educational Courses

From Wednesday (7th October 2009) to Saturday (10th October 2009) the delegates have the possibility to increase their knowledge on specific topics early in the morning from 6.45 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. (Breakfast Seminar) such as

- How to learn laser enucleation of the prostate
- Robotic Prostatectomy –the final technique
- NOTES in Urology – Indications and Techniques
- New trends in PCNL
- Ultrasound in Urology
- Laparoscopic and robotic cystectomy
- MIT for pelvic floor reconstruction
- Single port laparoscopy
- Difficult Cases of Urolithiasis
- Ureteroscopy and RIRS
- Robotic renal surgery
- Focal Therapy of Renal Cancer
- ESWL- How to improve results
- Laparoscopic and robotic adrenal surgery
- Complications in Laparosocopy and Robotic Surgery
- TUR P- How to resect 1g/minute
- Management of superficial TCC of the bladder
- Technical basis and indications of supine PCNL
- Technical aspects of laparoscpic radical prostatectomy
- Technical aspects of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy
- Laparoscopic surgery of large renal masses
- Ureteral stents
- Complications in ureteroscopy

8. Satellite Symposium

This may include specific presentation (i.e. Robotic Surgery) with video and optionally live-surgery of specific techniques or focused on topics, which are related to medical treatment following minimally invasive surgery (ie. penile rehabilitation, adjuvant /palliative therapy).

9. Podium Sessions

This year we want to select a dedicated number of abstract submissions as oral presentations apart from the Basic Research Symposium.All presentations are restricted to 5 minutes plus 2 minutes discussion.

10. Poster Presentations

All posters will be moderated. To guarantee adequate presentation and discussion, we will limit the number per session to 20 posters.
The format and size of the poster should match the requirements indicated on the official website of WCE2009 (www.wce2009.de). Authors are responsible to take the poster to the meeting by themselves. The poster presentation will be held in a podium-like session. After 30 minutes’ overview on posters, each author will have up to 2 minutes to make a brief presentation (with PowerPoint if needed). At the end of the session, there will be time for Questions & Answers.

11. Videoposter (V-poster)

As a special highlight we will offer the V-poster presentation. Using one screen, we will present one (1) power-point slide. This will allow insertion of video clips and animated graphics. The poster will be presented only on the mainscreen. The V- poster should be made with Microsoft PowerPoint (version 2003 or later). The aspect ratio is 16:9. The template of the V-poster is downloadable at the congress website.


12. Videos

The video presentation should be limited in 7 minutes with the main point of the surgery emphasized. The video has to present in English and has to be in separate file. The title of the video, the authors’ name, institution and correspondence should be presented in the video.