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Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy - Retro- and transperitoneal Approach

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Melle, Belgium
2-day course / 8 effective hours
4 attendees per session
14 CME Credits

Course details

Orsi Academy offers an Advanced 2-Day Course in Retroperitoneal Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy for urologists who already master the robotic surgery approach and who want to improve their specialized skills.

Proctored by top experts Prof. Dr. Christophe Vaessen, Prof. Dr. Alex Mottrie & Dr. Stefano Puliatti.

This 2-day masterclass consists of live case observations and hands-on wet-lab training on porcine models.

After completion, participants receive a Orsi Academy certificate & CME credits.

What will you learn?

- Explanation of the patient position and trocar configuration

- Development of the retroperitoneal space

- Retroperitoneal RAPN technique

- Renorraphy techniques and proper apposition of the hemostatic agents

- Complication management

- Tips and tricks for complex cases

Educational methods

Live case observation, Hands-on, Simulation, Video

Advantages of the procedure

The transperitoneal approach is a recommended surgery for tumors that are more anterior and are not easily accessible from the retroperitoneum. Retroperitoneal approach during RAPN could guarantee a more direct access to the kidney and renal hilum without bowel mobilization and an easier access to the lesions located at the level of the posterior face of the kidney. This could lead to a reduction of the operative time, to avoid extensive dissections, and in particular patients could decrease the incidence of perioperative complications.

Target audience

This course is for urologists with previous experience on the robot, who want to learn or optimize the robot-assisted partial nephrectomy procedure. This course is not for robotic beginners.

Clinical results

Larcher A, De Naeyer G, Turri F, Dell'Oglio P, Capitanio U, Collins JW, Wiklund P, Van Der Poel H, Montorsi F, Mottrie A; ERUS Educational Working Group and the Young Academic Urologist Working Group on Robot-assisted Surgery. The ERUS Curriculum for Robot-assisted Partial Nephrectomy: Structure Definition and Pilot Clinical Validation. Eur Urol. 2019 Jun;75(6):1023-1031. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2019.02.031. Epub 2019 Apr 9. PubMed PMID: 30979635.


  • The trainee completed at least 15 robotic procedures as a console surgeon in the last year.
  • The trainee has a good level of English.


Day 1 | 08:00 - 17:00


  • Live case observation at OLV Hospital Aalst of complex RAPN cases performed by Prof. Dr. Christophe Vaessen & by Prof. Dr. Alex Mottrie with a step-by-step explanation of the retroperitoneal approach.

Lunch at the OLV Hospital Aalst


  • Theoretical session with semi-live videos of RAPN cases of both the standard transperitoneal and retroperitoneal procedures.
  • Eventual focus on hemostatic devices.

Day 2 | 9:00 - 17:00

Hands-on wet lab training at Orsi Academy with Prof. Dr. Christophe Vaessen

  • theoretical introduction on techniques and advanced tips and tricks of RAPN (1h)
  • dry-lab training on harvested kidney with focus on the renorraphy technique
  • wet-lab training on human cadaver model or in combination with pig model: full retroperitoneal RAPN

Medical devices

- Intuitive Surgical Da Vinci Xi

- Intuitive Surgical Da Vinci Si

- Intuitive Surgical Da Vinci X



Getting there

Once your registration is confirmed by Orsi Academy and/or Invivox, please contact our Hospitality Officer to arrange your accomodation & transfers. Unfortunately, Orsi Academy is very difficult to reach by public transport. The nearest train station is a 35 min walk. We strongly advise you to come by car or taxi.

If you are coming to an Orsi training, you can enjoy a free pick-up from one of our partner hotels. Upon request, our Hospitality Officer can arrange a pick-up from your hotel to Orsi Academy. Also the transfer back to the hotel is included in the course price, except from the last day of the training. Transfers from a non-partner hotel or from/to the airport are not included but can be offered at favorable prices.

Orsi has a cooperation with taxi company 'Limo Saelens'. For urgent matters, you can reach them 24/7 on +32 475 27 89 36+32 495 57 27 21 or via

Where to stay

Click here to have a look at our partner hotels in Ghent and in Aalst. Each location offers fixed prices or discounts. If you are interested in making a reservation, please ask for a room with Orsi-rates or contact our Hospitality Officer. The fixed prices can vary depending room availability. There is an additional fee of 3 euros city tax per person per night. Group reservations apply different prices that differ upon request.


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ORSI Academy

Proefhoevestraat 12

9090 Melle, Belgium

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