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Burnout in surgery

When I was pregnant with my first child, I went to a talk on how to achieve work-life balance and avoid burnout. It was given by a highly respected Australian surgeon and I was eager to hear the secrets that...

Essentials of Robotic Surgery

Essentials of Robotic Surgery is an ambitious attempt to educate the readership on the history and current applications of robotic surgery in today’s operating theatre. Aimed at primary care providers and other health care specialists, it provides an overview on...

Hypospadias surgery complication rates

These authors identified all children undergoing NHS hypospadias surgery between 1999 and 2009 in England using the hospital episode statistic database and looked at repair types and complications. High-volume centres (24/75) were classified as such if they did more than...

Virtual and augmented reality in surgery

Virtual reality (VR) is a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be accessed using a virtual reality headset, allowing individuals to immerse themselves in this virtual world. Augmented reality (AR) systems layer virtual information over a live camera feed into...

Near-infrared fluorescence in robotic surgery

This is a systematic review and critical analysis of the current evidence on the applications of near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) in robotic urologic surgery. It uses indocyanine green (ICG), a sterile water-soluble dye which has been tested in various fields. In...

Morbidity and mortality after surgery for LUTS

The market for bladder outflow obstruction surgery is currently wide open with new technologies such as Urolift® emerging. One of the key selling points of new technologies is the comparative safety and efficacy compared to traditional techniques such as transurethral...

Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery: lifestyle or science?

Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery: lifestyle or science? By Ilias Giarenis and Linda CardozoThe demand for female cosmetic genital surgery (FCGS) has increased over the last decade [1]. This rise is difficult to quantify, as the majority of these procedures are...

Perspectives on the 9th Worldwide Robotic Surgery Event 

I was honoured to be invited again to participate in this year’s Worldwide Robotic Surgery Event (WRSE). Taking place in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, when medical meetings and congresses have been cancelled, training disrupted and health systems...

Modified snorkel full-face mask for surgery - UPDATED

Rogan Corbridge (Reading, UK) has modified a snorkelling full-face mask to cover the face during surgery. You can attach a filter to the snorkel, so the air you inhale is Covid-free. Look at his video and fill in the survey:...

Clitoral reconstructive surgery after female genital cutting

Practised in Africa and other parts of the world, the WHO recently estimated that over 250 million females have been circumcised so far, and an additional three million are at risk of circumcision each year...

Comparative effectiveness of nephron sparing surgery vs ablation

Nephron sparing surgery (NSS) and minimally invasive modality of thermal ablation have attracted great attention as an alternative surgical treatment to radical nephrectomy (RN) for renal tumours <4cm. High quality evidence comparing disease specific survival (DSS) is lacking. This issue...

Atlas of Male Genitourethral Surgery – The Illustrated Guide

This is a surprisingly good text which I am sure will represent a useful addition to anyone’s library. It is most likely to be sought after by those in higher surgical training grades who are seeking that all-important exposure to...