This spring, two teams of urologists from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Shiga University of Medical Science, and Hyogo College of Medicine visited Texas Children’s Hospital to observe best practices in pediatric urologic robotic surgeries. The groups, comprised of five doctors in all, were led by Dr. Akihiro Kanematsu, who also holds a Ph.D. and is an associate professor at Hyogo College of Medicine. The visits were in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital and the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE).
The goal of the visits was to better understand how to perform pediatric urologic robotic surgeries, specifically using the da Vinci Si Surgical System. Led by Dr. David Roth, chief of urology at Texas Children’s and professor of urology at Baylor, the group met with Texas Children’s pediatric urologists, observed patient consultations and spent time with Dr. Chester Koh, director of the hospital’s Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program and associate professor of urology at Baylor.
“It was a pleasure hosting these internationally renowned urologists,” said Koh. “I hope that they learned valuable lessons that they can take back to Japan that will enhance the pediatric urologic care their patients receive every day, including minimally invasive surgery for reconstructive pediatric urologic procedures.”
The Urology Division at Texas Children’s Hospital offers the most advanced surgical care for the most common and complicated pediatric urologic needs, such as problems related to congenital birth defects, trauma, and a range of other medical conditions. Texas Children’s pediatric urologists have special expertise in minimally-invasive/ laparoscopic surgical techniques, as well as extremely delicate surgical procedures in newborns and infant. The service offers patient centric multidisciplinary clinics in anorectal malformations, spina bifida, urogentics, disorders of sexual differentiation and the management of stone disease.