Dear Friends and Colleagues, It is a great pleasure to welcome you again for the 14th “Challenges in Laparoscopy and Robotics” meeting, this time being held in beautiful, enchanting Bordeaux. Now in its 14th consecutive year, the concept that initiated this adventure is not only alive, but vibrant and growing, showing great potential for the future of Urology. The comprehensive scientific program will include live laparoscopic and robotic surgeries performed by the world’s most prominent urologic surgeons. In the past meetings, we have witnessed many challenging procedures. It is now time to expand our indications and to look forward to new challenges like robotic autotransplantation, augmented reality guided surgery, robotic inguinal lymphadenectomy for penile cancer, laparoscopic and robotic prostatic adenomectomy, Level II-III Inferior Vena Cava Thrombus in RCC, laparoscopic pudendal nerve release, retroperitoneal robotic lymphadenectomy for testis and/or prostate cancer, retroperitoneal robotic partial nephrectomy, single port nephrectomy, complex laparoscopic advanced radical nephrectomy and fistulas and strictures. The technological advances like the automated instruments of Dexteritè will be implemented. The third day we will have six challenging radical prostatectomies including the Retzius sparing RARP and the extrafascial radical prostatectomy for high risk cases and after irradiation. As always, we will invite the best international speakers touching various topics to give you an up-to-date on the hottest topics in Urology. We are enthusiastically anticipating an extremely stimulating meeting. Live surgery, State-of-the-art lectures, discussions and thought-provoking debates will take place with the participation of the best urologists in the International arena. Three monitors will transmit three different live-moderated surgeries simultaneously. Each delegate will be provided with headphones with the possibility to connect with his/her preferred moderation. We are very proud to host this 14th International Meeting in Bordeaux ten years after our first visit there. Bordeaux, the European cradle of urological laparoscopy, is the perfect city for old antiquities and innovative techniques to convene. We are confident that the challenging procedures that you will see will strongly enhance your own individual learning irrespective of your current level of expertise (basic or advanced) and lead the way towards defining the future of Urologic Surgery.
See you in Bordeaux!!