Chair: Steven Schraffordt (Netherlands)
Co-Chair: Barry O'Reilly (Ireland)
Usage of robotic surgery in the field of urogynecology/female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery is increasing as the use of surgical robots in pelvic surgery provide various benefits. Robots have already been successfully used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, in procedures such as sacrocolpopexy, sacrohysteropexy, and uterosacral ligament plication. There has also been an increasing interest in using the robot for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women.
While robotic surgery is associated with increased cost, the outcomes of robotic surgery in urogynecology/female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery are promising. The IUGA Robotics SIG offers IUGA members/surgeons with an interest in robotic surgery to obtain knowledge and share experiences and resources among experts, further supporting the advancement of our field in this area.
Goals of a SIG on robotic surgery by networking and collaboration will be:
- Add knowledge via IUGA worldwide on robot pelvic floor surgery
- To improve the quality of life for those urogynecolgical patients who are treated with the use of robot surgery and reduce complications.
- Promote knowledge and narrow knowledge gaps for the use of a robot assisted laparoscopic surgery
- To exchange tips and tricks, technical information and new ideas
- Discuss clinical indications
- Develop educational tools.
- Advise IUGA on international training curriculum
- Advise IUGA on and promote patient information
- Share our knowledge with patient organizations
- Develop a IUGA E-Discussion Forum on robotics
- Shared SIG publications in scientific journals
- Share knowledge via popular media
The group aims to have a scientific session during every annual IUGA meeting and will have additional zoom/teams meetings and e-mail communication.