Present practice and development of minimally invasive techniques, imaging and training in European urology: results of a survey of the European Society of Uro-Technology (ESUT).
SourceEuropean Urology, 44, 3, (2003), pp. 346-51
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SubjectUMCN 5.2: Endocrinology and reproduction
OBJECTIVES: The European Society of Urological Technology (ESUT) conducted a survey in order to assess and record the current trend between European urologists with regard to the application of new technologies in BPH, stone disease and imaging and to identify differences amongst urologists. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 854 certified urologists and residents coming from European countries answered the ESUT survey during the XVIth Annual EAU Meeting in Geneva in 2001. The respondents were classified according to the geographical origin (Eastern, Southern and Northern Europe), year of certification (before 1980, and every 5 years hereafter) and power of the department in beds (less than 25, 26-50, and more than 50) in order to identify any differences in the replies mainly due to economical reasons, national or hospital policy and personal attitudes. RESULTS: According to the replies, in Eastern Europe more procedures related to BPH and stones are performed comparing to Northern and Southern Europe (165.8 versus 77.1 and 100.6/month/department, respectively). However, the Northern European urologists have access to every type of lithotriptor and most of the different minimally invasive treatments for BPH in a higher percentage, followed by the Southern and the Eastern European urologists. The most widespread intracorporeal lithotriptor is the pneumatic and the most common alternative minimally invasive BPH treatment is electrovaporization (80.7% and 45.6%, respectively). Holmium laser is the most frequent choice (40.1%) when the surveyed urologists were asked to choose which of the minimally invasive techniques would like to have access to. In total 79.4% (54.1% alone and 25.3% in collaboration with the radiologists) of the respondents perform the ultrasound studies while the remaining 20.6% declare that only the radiologists do the studies. Of the surveyed urologists, 92.8%, 89.6% and 94.9% are interested in hands-on courses, simulators and live surgery, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The data obtained from the 854 surveyed European urologists and residents can be used as a tool to highlight the disparity between European countries and to advance training of European urologists.
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