European Urology Today: June/July 2023

surgical procedures efficiently performed in a short period of time.

look forward to newly-developed surgical techniques involving new technology that will allow surgeons to penetrate the barriers caused by advanced diseases. Other live or semi-live surgeries, including minimally invasive surgeries for urological cancers, urolithiasis surgeries, transurethral endoscopic surgeries for bladder tumours and BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), female artificial sphincter implantations, and penile prothesis implants, were also very interesting to observe. It was a special experience to watch great surgeons demonstrate their tips and tricks in front of attendees using three huge screens with three different channels simultaneously. We really enjoyed this event. “We hope that this excellent exchange programme will continue into the future and that many young urologists in Asia will have the opportunity to visit world-class European institutions and establish precious international relationships.” The European School of Urology courses were astonishing and compiled with the latest milestone knowledge in all fields. We also gained some very inspiring information from the latest research results by attending different sections of abstract presentations. The Plenary Session, entitled “Incontinence nightmares”, was a very special and interesting experience. In this session, a cross-examination between speakers and a lawyer gave us a good lesson of the importance of clear patient communication and the prediction of realistic outcomes. The debates in the Thematic Session, entitled “Controversies in reconstruction: When to

During lunch with members of the IEO, we discussed the differences in medical insurance, training systems, and daily clinical practice while enjoying a delicious Milanese cuisine and espresso coffee. In the evening, we had dinner at the Il Montalcino restaurant, eating more local cuisine and drinking wine. We had a great time chatting with all the participants, such as Prof. Musi, the staff, and residents. We sincerely thank all the staff at the IEO for their hospitality and the well-organised events.

These awards from Prof. Stenzl are a wonderful memento of the programme

awards for the International Academic Exchange Programme.

use the robot and when to use the knife,” was another very interesting session during the congress. Experiencing the different topics, debates, and discussions will be really helpful for our future clinical practice. The International Friendship Dinner The International Friendship Dinner, held on the 12th of March, was a wonderful and special memory. The dinner was held at Villa Necchi, a truly elegant place with a lovely garden and dining area. During a ceremony before the dinner, Prof. Stenzl gave us

Up until then, for most of us, we had never had an opportunity to attend a black-tie event in our own countries. It was an honour to have dinner and hold talks between all the great pioneers and leaders in various urological fields. We had a great time and enjoyed the nicely served gourmet meal. This was truly a lifelong memory and we are looking forward to an international friendship that will last for our lifetimes. Our sincerest appreciation Lastly, we would like to thank the EAU, JUA, and TUA, which organised this wonderful programme. In particular, we appreciate the warm hospitality of Prof. Stenzl and the staff members at the University of Tübingen, as well as that of Prof. De Cobelli and the staff members at the IEO. We hope that this excellent exchange programme will continue into the future and that many young urologists in Asia will have the opportunity to visit world-class European institutions and establish precious international relationships.

With Prof. Ottavio De Cobelli and his team at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan

Attendance at EAU23 Attendance at the annual EAU congress is always a wonderful experience. This year, the congress was held in Milan from the 10th to the 13th of March. This is the first spring congress to be held after the outbreak of COVID-19 which is truly a symbol of the end of the pandemic and a rebirth of the urologic medical industry. This year, the number of attendees from Asian countries seemed significantly increased compared to last year. During the four-day scientific programme, we enjoyed a large variety of live surgeries, state-of-the-art lectures, case discussions, and debates. The most impressive aspect of the live surgeries was the demonstration of those performed using a new robotic system created by Medtronics: the Hugo™ RAS System. We

Visiting Prof. Wilhelm Aicher at his lab at the University of Tübingen

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