ASTS, in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati, hosted its second Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Workshop March 24-25, 2017, in Cincinnati. Over the course of two days, participants viewed a live surgery, reviewed related topics, and practiced their skills in a hands-on cadaver lab.
The workshop was limited to 20 participants, all from different institutions. Tayyab Diwan, MD, led as the workshop chair, with the help of Lloyd Ratner, MD, MPH, Stuart Flechner, MD, Madison Cuffy, MD, Flavio Paterno, MD, and Benjamin Samstein, MD.
The course kicked off with Dr. Cuffy performing a live donor nephrectomy while he and Dr. Diwan walked the learners through patient positioning and strategies to ensure optimal patient care. Dr. Flechner and Dr. Samstein served as moderators and helped facilitate attendee questions throughout the live surgery. The participants watched a live video stream while sitting in the last surgical amphitheater built in the United States, one of only a handful left in the world. The remainder of the day was spent learning how to incorporate techniques, manage intra-operative complications, and evaluate unique or difficult cases.
That evening, the Ethicon-sponsored dinner featured a presentation by Dr. Ratner, and participants enjoyed networking with the faculty and their peers.
On the second day, learners participated in concurrent sessions: one group of participants performed the procedure in the cadaver lab, while the other group learned about patient selection, kidney selection, and post-op complications and care. The groups then switched, so all participants were able to practice the procedure. Due to the small size of the course, each attendee was able to practice on their own kidney, and the other attendee at the station was able to practice assisting in the procedure. Ethicon, Applied Medical, Baxter, Covidien, Stryker, and ConMed all provided equipment for use in the cadaver lab.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this workshop a success!
“Excellent course. The course covered all aspects of living donor transplantation from basics to advanced trouble shooting. Very good hands on experience. The course is useful for both the Fellows as well as Transplant Surgeons looking for a refresher course.” Vinayak Rohan, MD