About this event

  • Date and time Fri 12 Jun 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Urology

This webinar is a trainee session that will highlight how to manage acute intra-operative emergencies, and the principles and practice of assessing and managing VVF. 

During this session you will learn:

  • Build upon basic knowledge of safety in theatre
  • Identify potential risks in order to avoid major complications of robotic and laparoscopic urological surgery
  • How to recognise intraoperative complications of robotic and laparoscopic urological surgery
  • Explain how to manage major complications of robotic and laparoscopic urological surgery including, but not limited to; vascular, bowel, solid organ injury during port placement
  • Vascular, bowel, solid organ injury due to diathermy, harmonic instrument heat
  • Anaesthetic and cardiovascular complications including neurological, thrombotic, pulmonary, compartment syndrome risks
  • Develop skills in the assessment of vesico-vaginal fistulae
  • Acquire knowledge in the aetiology, pathophysiology and complications of vesico-vaginal fistulae
  • Determine the appropriate management of vesico-vaginal fistulae including, but not limited to; the timing of repair, consideration of other injuries e.g. ureteric, vaginal repair, robotic repair, tissue interposition, and urinary diversion

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live.

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We would like to thank The Urology Foundation and The Hadley Trust for their generous support enabling free access to this webinar for trainees.

The companies listed have not had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this webinar.  


This meeting is a part of the Urology Section webinar series that will be broadcast weekly on Friday afternoons at 2:00pm. If you would like to find out more about the series, please visit the Urology Section homepage. These webinars will be available to access later online by those who have registered but cannot be present for the live broadcast.

Key speakers

Rene Soleto

Professor Rene Sotelo

Professor of Clinical Urology, USC Institute of Urology, and Medical Director of International Health Keck Medicine of USC, USA

Speaker's biography

Professor Rene Sotelo is a pioneer and international leader in robotic and laparoscopic surgery, with more than 20 years of experience using these techniques to treat both urologic cancers and benign conditions. He joined the USC Institute of Urology in 2015, and was recently appointed to the position of Medical Director of the International Medicine Department of USC, to

lead initiatives both regionally and internationally. Recently was incorporated to the Société Internationale d’Urologie Board of Directors as Director of the Membership and International Relations-Americas.



  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Caracas, Venezuela (2004-2015)
  • President, Latin American Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Urology (2006-2008)
  • Director, Office of Laparoscopy & Robotic Surgery, Confederación Americana de Urología (CAU)
  • (2007-2014)
  • Editor, Journal Urología Panamericana, the official Journal of Confederación Americana de
  • Urología (CAU) (1999-2004)
  • Serves on the editorial boards of European Urology, British Journal of Urology International and
  • Journal of Robotic Surgery
  • Invited visiting professor to 35 universities in 19 countries internationally, where he has
  • demonstrated advanced robotic & laparoscopic techniques at live surgical symposia
  • Trained over 75 post-graduate fellows from 14 countries in robotic & laparoscopic urology


  • Published more than 75 journal articles and 38 book chapters, in major urology books
  • Published 4 text-books; serves on the editorial board of 3 urologic journals


Professor Sotelo’s urologic achievements are considerable. He has won over 23 awards from scientific and government organizations worldwide, including American Urological Association, European Association of Urology, Societé Internationale Urologie, European Robotic Urological Society, Confederación Americana de Urología and others.




Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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