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24 Hour worldwide live robotic surgery

Incorporating 10 of the worlds’ leading robotic centers from 4 different continents. All the surgeons operating are experienced live surgeons, who have contributed to the development and advancement of the current definition of excellence in robotics.

Date and time: Feb 16th 2015 10 am Swedish time (9am GMT) to 10am Feb 17th

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Background
Incorporating 10 of the worlds’ leading robotic centers from 4 different continents. All the surgeons operating are experienced live surgeons, who have contributed to the development and advancement of the current definition of excellence in robotics.

In the recently published EAU committee’s article entitled; ‘‘EAU Policy on Live Surgery Events’’ , the panel reached >80% consensus on the view that performing at a home institution may be safer. We therefore propose that the natural evolution of live surgical events (LSE’s), is that a greater proportion are broadcast from home institutions [ref]. The committee identified several potential issues with a ‘‘travelling surgeon’’ performing complex surgery in an unfamiliar environment [ref]. Furthermore, the potential to optimise surgical performance comes from working with an experienced team [ref]. Consistency is a key measure of quality, and robotic surgery in particular epitomises teamwork. An established theatre team will move purposefully through the standardised steps with well-rehearsed, orchestrated movements. Finally, there are significant costs to running a standard satellite service for LSE’s, costing tens of thousands of euros per day. Alternatively, a service that utilises the Internet, is significantly more cost efficient, can be rapidly learned and managed by a member of the theatre team; and most important, provides greater accessibility to the viewers. As transmission technologies advance and patient choices increase, LSE’s performed both as webinars and on specialist surgery channels will likely become increasingly commonplace. We aim to highlight the benefits of this approach with a global team who represent the best of current standardized surgical technique [ref].  

Centers and surgeons involved
Europe

  • Karolinska (Peter Wiklund, Abolfazl Hosseini)
  • Aalst Belgium (Alex Mottrei)
  • Guys London (Prokar Dasgupta)
  • Verona, Italy (Walter Artibani)

United States

  • New York (Ash Tewari)
  • Florida (Vip Patel)
  • Los Angeles (Indy Gill, Mihir Desai)

Asia

  • Seoul, South Korea (Koon Rha)
  • New Delhi, India (Rajesh Ahlawat)

Australia

  • Melbourne (Declan Murphy)
Operations being performed
  • Peter Wiklund (Karolinska, Stockholm): totally intracorporeal RARC with a neobladder
  • Alex Mottrei (O.L.V. Clinic, Aalst) RAPN with firefly technology
  • Walter Artibani (Verona University Hospital): RARP
  • Prokar Dasgupta (Guys Hospital, London): RARP
  • Ash Tewari (Mt. Sinai, New York): RARP
  • Vip Patel (Global Robotics Institute, Florida): RARP
  • Inderbir Gill/ Mihir Desai (USC Keck Medical Centre, Los Angeles): totally intracorporeal RARC with a neobladder
  • Declan Murphy (Peter Macmillan Cancer Centre, Melbourne): RARP with extended PLND
  • Koon Rha (Yonsei University Severance Hospital, Soeul): Retzius space preserving RARP
  • Rajesh Ahlawat (Medanta, New Delhi): robotic renal transplantation.
  • Abolfazl Hosseini (Karolinska, Stockholm): RARP with extended lymph node dissection
Access to live surgery
The video feeds are linked to a password secure website via an embedding code. All viewers will need to be registered, giving evidence of their hospital affiliation and logging on via a professional email address.  
Communication with surgeons in real-time
Communication with the surgeons can be via the discussion blog on quaternary health (need link) via facebook or twitter (need link). Anyone registered can ask a question or raise an area for discussion. During the 24 hour transmission Karolinska will monitor all these communications, combining the relevant discussions and providing regular feedback via a 24 hour ‘overview’ broadcast on a separate channel . Please feel free to send in your thoughts and questions at any time from now up to, and during, the event.  
Supplementary presentations and interviews
Throughout the day the overview channel (link) will have a number of presentations from various leaders in their fields, this will include presentations on simulation training, avoiding complications in robotic surgery, social media in healthcare and the future benefits of wide access networks in robotics.
More details to be confirmed soon.  

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