3 days Minimal Invasive Surgery conference

The three days Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS) conference and workshop was inaugurated at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation-SIUT. Director SIUT, Professor Adibul Hasan Rizvi in his inaugural address gave an insight to the participants about the MIS evolution at SIUT. He thanked the visiting international faculty of Consultant Urologists for their contribution towards setting up MIS surgical facility in the institute. He deemed MIS as a revolutionary surgical treatment and greatly urged the surgical community in Pakistan to embrace and adapt this cutting edge technology.

Prof. Matin Sheriff from UK, while delivering his lecture on 'Setting up Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Service', he informed that the present scope of MIS procedures included general surgical, urological, gynecological and cardiothoracic segments. He highlighted that the advantages of MIS included reduced pain, less scaring, reduced blood loss, faster recovery, short hospital stay, earlier return to work, fewer complication and long-term savings.

Dr. Faiz Mumtaz from UK, in his lecture 'MIS: Nephron Sparing Options' discussed the increasing need to preserve renal function by performing partial nephrectomy even in the presence of normal other kidney.

Sharing the 'laparoscopic nephrectomy an SIUT experience', Dr. Asad Shehzad, Consultant Urologist of SIUT said that MIS was introduced a decade ago in SIUT which was mentored by these external visiting faculty members. He said that laparoscopic nephrectomy has replaced traditional surgery as the new standard for treating early stage renal tumor, some benign diseases of the kidney and donor nephrectomy. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy remains technically challenging with a steep learning curve and is associated with greater donor satisfaction, less morbidity and equivalent graft outcome.

A dry lab skills workshop incorporating hands on laparoscopic simulation techniques was also carried out for the trainees.