The two day International Conference on 3D Laparoscopy and Robotics in Urologic surgery, ‘ 3D Lap Endofusion 2017’ was conducted at PVS Memorial Hospital and at Gokulam Park Convention Centre at Kaloor. More than 500 delegates participated in the meet which demonstrated and discussed the 3D imaging and latest technological advancements in urological surgical procedures. Hon. Justice K.Surendra Mohan inaugurated the conference.
Addressing the conference, Justice K Surendra Mohan said that the progress of the country in health sector is defined not just by the availability of essential medicines. The real success lies in ensuring that every modern medicine and advances in medical technology are within the reach of common man. ‘Equitable access to health care is the pivotal issue to be addressed with determination and coordination by the entire healthcare sector including health insurance, government bodies and voluntary organisations,’ he said.
Dr. George P. Abraham, Organising Chairman and Head of the Department of Urology, PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi outlined the benefits of technology aided surgery. Technological advancements in the last two decades saw most surgical subspecialties embracing minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures in many areas earlier occupied by traditional open surgery. The 3D laparoscopy supplies enlarged three dimensional imaging of surgical elements facilitating faster and more accurate surgery. The conference gave special focus on the urologic surgical procedures employing 3D imaging and robotic laparoscopic techniques, he said.
The conference began in the morning at 8am with an academic session followed by live operative sessions from five operation theatres at PVS Memorial Hospital. The three dimensional laparoscopic and endourological surgeries performed at the hospital was transmitted to the venue through an advanced 3D visual communication system between the hall and the hospital. ‘The delegates could watch the 3D visuals of thirty five surgeries in the two days’, said Dr. Vijay Radhakrishnan, organizing Secretary of the event. Workshops on different kinds of laser used for stone and on BPH management were also held.
International faculty Denby Steele, Director of Endourology and Stone Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia addressed the conference on the first day. Around fifty National faculties addressed various sessions.
The conference was jointly organised by Urocare, PVS Memorial Hospital and VPS Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre.