Richard E. Link, MD, PhD, presented “Can You Drive a Stick? Prevention and Management of Bleeding During Minimally Invasive Renal Surgery” during the Innovations in Urologic Practice 2020 virtual conference in September 2020.

How to cite: Link, Richard E. Can You Drive a Stick? Prevention and Management of Bleeding During Minimally Invasive Renal Surgery.” September 26th, 2020. Accessed Feb 2021. https://grandroundsinurology.com/can-you-drive-a-stick-prevention-and-management-of-bleeding-during-minimally-invasive-renal-surgery/

Can You Drive a Stick? Prevention and Management of Bleeding During Minimally Invasive Renal Surgery – Summary

Richard E. Link, MD, PhD, Professor of Urology and the Carlton-Smith Endowed Chair in Urologic Education at the Baylor College of Medicine, discusses techniques for preventing and managing bleeding during renal surgery, emphasizing the importance of maintaining laparoscopic surgery skills that have eroded with the increased use of robotic surgery. He explains that major bleeding complications can occur during abdominal access, critical dissection steps, or during exit from the abdomen, and surgeons need to be prepared with the correct tools and skills. Dr. Link presents a two-phase system for assessing danger and formulating a plan when major bleeding occurs. Phase 1 is short-term damage control, and involves evaluation of blood loss potential, determination of whether the blood is venous or arterial in origin, and a decision on whether the surgeon can handle the bleed laparoscopically with their skill set. Phase 2 is permanent control, and features a reassessment of response to damage control and a decision on whether the bleed can be solved laparoscopically or if the surgeon should facilitate safe open conversion. Adequate assessment is key to proper management. Dr. Link explains that robotic cases should be approached similarly, but emphasizes the importance of good teamwork and being slow and deliberate when there is a bleed during a robotic surgery.

About the Innovations in Urologic Practice 2020 virtual conference:
Presented by co-chairs Mohit Khera, MD, MBA, MPH, and Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, the Innovations in Urologic Practice conference provides a detailed review and commentary on multiple genitourinary and urologic diseases. Among the featured oncological topics are bladder cancer and immunotherapies, as well as upper tract cancer management, prostate cancer, including state-of-the-art imaging, focal therapy, and MRI. Experts also discuss new tools and techniques for nephrectomy and treating advanced renal cell carcinoma. In terms of general urological approaches, the conference also includes pelvic reconstruction and trauma, men’s health topics like male infertility and sexual dysfunction, and ways to diagnose and treat infections in the urology patient. Dr. Link presented this talk virtually at the 2020 conference.