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Live Broadcast of Traditional and Robotic Surgeries

Children’s Medical Center will promote worldwide medical care for children through live airing of two surgeries on the internet. By watching these live videos, doctors can better understand the latest corrective bladder options.

As part of an outreach effort, Children’s Urology Department will demonstrate “Robotic vs. Open Surgery” that will be broadcasted throughout the world, benefiting pediatric surgeons and pediatric urologists.

Focused on showing the latest techniques for treating neurogenic urinary incontinence for pediatrics with spina bifida and associated conditions, two surgeries such as a traditional, open operation and the other conducted using the da Vinci robot will be broadcasted. The robotic as well as traditional surgeries will feature bladder neck reconstructions in addition to appendicovesicostomies, a procedure where a channel leading from the bladder will link the outside of the body via appendix.

The chief of Children’s Urology Division and chief of Pediatric Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Warren Snodgrass will conduct the open surgery, while the robotic surgery will be performed by Dr. Patricio Gargollo, director of Children’s Pediatric Urology Minimally Invasive and Robotics Surgery and an assistant professor of Pediatric Urology at UT Southwestern.

The webinar will promote cost-efficiency in the doctor’s medical education, eliminating the cost of travel by global doctors for this training. Participants can have a clear picture of open as well as minimally invasive surgical options for children affected with neurogenic bladders. In addition, the evidence based on surgical outcomes of these patients can be discussed, followed by knowing the advantages of open and laparoscopic surgical approaches. Children’s Urology Department is constantly being top-graded among country’s top pediatric urology programs.

Both surgeries will be aired live on the internet on September 22 for a charge of $300. The course will offer up to 10 credits for physicians watching the broadcast.

The traditional open surgery will start at 7:30 a.m., and the robotic surgery will commence at 11:45 a.m.

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