Past Events

4th Symposium “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” dedicated to “Urolithiasis – diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, metaphylaxis”

The 4th Meeting “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” was held on 25-26th April 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria and dedicated to “Urolithiasis – diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, metaphylaxis”. The meeting was organized by the EAU Section of Urolithiasis (EULIS), Military Medical Academy, the Bulgarian Association of Endourology and SWL and the Bulgarian Association of Urology.

The scientific programme of the meeting included live-surgery sessions, state-of-the-art lectures, case discussions and poster sessions focused on the contemporary aspects of epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and metaphylaxis of stone disease presented by an international and Bulgarian faculty. The live-surgery sessions included demonstrations on Mini-PCNL in prone position, ureterorenoscopy and retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS), endoscopic combined intrarenal surgery (ECIRS) in supine position, performed at the Department of Urology and Nephrology, Military Medical Academy-Sofia, with real-time audio and video feed between the operating room and the conference room.

The state-of-the-art lectures, case discussions, and live-surgery sessions were presented by an internationally renowned faculty including Prof. Kemal Sarica, Prof. Sven Lahme, Prof. Andreas Skolarikos, Prof. Giovanni Gambaro as well as Bulgarian and Macedonian professors of urology, nephrology and radiology working in the field of urolithiasis. The scientific programme gave practical insights on the different aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of urolithiasis. Prof. Gambaro presented a state-of-the-art lecture focused on the mission of EULIS in promoting dialogue, research and education into all aspects of stone disease and the importance of the multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of our patients.

The meeting was attended by more than 100 participants working in the field of urology and nephrology, coming from Bulgaria and Macedonia. The scientific programme elicited a positive feedback and great interest from the participants. The young urologists and nephrologists appreciated the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on stone disease and to learn “tips and tricks” from some of the leading experts in the field of urolithiasis.

“It has been a very successful meeting on stone disease and I would like to thank EULIS for participating in this event. With the kind help of EULIS, in my opinion, we achieved our goal to promote the multidisciplinary approach and minimally invasive treatment of urolithiasis among Bulgarian urologists and nephrologists. I’m very happy that many young doctors attended the meeting and had the opportunity to learn from renowned experts in stone disease. We hope to have the opportunity to organize more events of this kind in the future”,

said Prof. I. Saltirov, chairman and organizer of the meeting.

“It was a very well organized meeting focused on the contemporary treatment of stone disease. In my opinion, this format of the meeting was beneficial to the participants, because they had the opportunity to discuss clinical cases with urolithiasis during the live-surgery sessions and the case discussion session.”

commented Prof. Kemal Sarica, Vice-Chairman of EULIS.

3rd Symposium “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” on „TURis Resection, TURis Plasma Vaporization, NBI Cystoscopy ” Targovishte, 6th July 2012

On 6th July 2012 the Department of Urology at Targovishte Hospital hosted the 3rd Symposium “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” on „TURis Resection, TURis Plasma Vaporization, NBI Cystoscopy ”. The symposium was organized with the support of the Department of Urology and Nephrology at Military Medical Academy-Sofia, “Olympus” and “Infomed”.

The symposium program included state-of-the-art lectures and live-surgery demonstrations on contemporary methods of diagnostic and treatment of lower urinary tract disease (BPH, Bladder cancer) – TURis resection, TURis plasma vaporization and Narrow-band imaging cystoscopy (NBI), performed by urologists from the Department of Urology and Nephrology, Military Medical Academy. 12 participants from Targovishte, Pleven, Stara Zagora, Ruse and Sofia attended the symposium.

2nd Symposium “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” on Holmium laser enucleation of prostate (HoLEP)

The 2nd Symposium “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” on “Holmium laser enucleation of prostate (HoLEP)” was held in the Department of Urology and Nephrology, Military Medical Academy on 30th September 2011.

The participants had the chance to experience live-surgery demonstrations and listen to state-of-the-art lectures on Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). The live-surgery demonstrations were performed by Dr. Mark Cynk, consultant urology surgeon at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

1st Symposium “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” on „TURis Resection, TURis Plasma Vaporization, NBI Cystoscopy” Sofia, 01 July 2011

On 1st July 2011 the Department of Urology and Nephrology at Military Medical Academy hosted the 1st Symposium “Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery” on „TURis Resection, TURis Plasma Vaporization, NBI Cystoscopy ”.

The symposium program included state-of-the-art lectures and live-surgery demonstrations on contemporary methods of diagnostic and treatment of lower urinary tract disease (BPH, Bladder cancer) – TURis resection, TURis plasma vaporization and Narrow-band imaging cystoscopy (NBI).

2nd International EAU-eULIS Comprehensive Urolithiasis Workshop 28-29 April 2011, Sofia

The 2nd International EAU-eULIS Comprehensive Urolithiasis Workshop was held on April 28th-29th 2011 at the brand new operating theatre and lithotripsy suite of the Department of Urology and Nephrology, Military Medical Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria and organized with the support of the EAU Section of Urolithiasis (eULIS) and the EAU Section of Urological Technology (ESUT).

The workshop was conducted by an international reputed faculty, including Prof. T. Knoll (Sindelfingen, Germany), Prof. K. Sarica (Istanbul, Turkey), Dr. N. Buchholz (London, UK), Prof. B. Hess (Zurich, Switzerland) and Prof. I. Saltirov (Sofia, Bulgaria), who presented live-surgery demonstrations and state-of-the-art lectures on pathophysiology, metaphylaxis, endoscopic and medical treatment of stone disease in adults and children.

Thirteen participants from different European countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Austria) attended the course. The participants had the chance to experience live-surgery demonstrations, “state-of-the-art” and “how-I-do-it” lectures and to update their knowledge on the surgical and medical treatment of stone disease. The endoscopic and X-ray images, video and audio rooting from the operating theatre were simultaneously transmitted in the conference room in real time, thus making the live-surgery sessions more interactive and giving the chance to the trainees to actively participate with questions and comments.

On the first day, the workshop started with live-surgery demonstrations. Each clinical case was presented prior to surgery and the treatment approach discussed with the participants. The live-surgery demonstration included rigid ureteroscopy with Holmium laser lithotripsy of proximal ureteral stone and Mini-PCNL. The live-surgery session was followed by state-of-the-art and tips-and-tricks lectures on flexible ureteroscopy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) presented by renowned experts.

On the second day, the workshop continued with another live-surgery session on endoscopic combined intrarenal surgery and rigid ureteroscopy with Holmium laser lithotripsy of distal ureteral stone, followed by lectures on recent advances in the endoscopic and SWL management of pediatric stone disease and on pathophysiology, metabolic evaluation and medical management of stone disease.