Why do overseas doctors come to Shanghai to learn surgicaltechnology?

Minimallyinvasive lithotripsy has won international acclaim.


author: Yuan Huiyun (Translated and adapted from original Chinese newspaper article)

Renji hospital is renowned for a highstandard of training and treatment in urological sub-specialties. 

Renjihospital has therefore placed it’s hands-on training center at the disposal ofurologists from the Asia-Pacific region. 

Recently, the pre-conference training course of the 4th Experts in Stone Disease (ESD) was held in RenjiHospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine. More than 50 senior doctors from Pakistan, the Philippines and other countries came to China to participate in a high-level theory and skills training.

The participants discussed and learnt about bladder hyper activity, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary calculi, urinarytract infections and endourology through simulator training, case discussionsand group meetings.

The executive chairmen of the conferencewere professor Hammad Ather, head of the department of urology at the Aga Khan universityin Karachi/ Pakistan, and professor Chen Qi, vice director of the department ofurology, Renji hospital.

Professor Noor Buchholz, the chairman of the meeting, based in Dubai and London, said: “When I saw professor Chen Qi using the superfine percutaneous nephroscopic lithotripsy (UMP) to treat kidney stones, I got impressed by his quick and accurate operation skills. Considering that UMP is technically difficult, and that besides stone surgery other clinical sub-groups have also quite an excellent reputation in urology, we decided to conduct this training course for urologists in the asia-pacific region at Renji hospital”.

From right to left: Professor Noor Buchholz(Chairman and Founder ESD), 

Professor Ahmed Fawad (Delegate), Professor HammadAther (Executive Chairman IUM 2018) and Muhammad Ghiyasuddin (Getz Pharma). 

This particular training course was mainly aimed at doctors from Pakistan, Dubai and the Philippines. In the future, this can be a diversified international training course, and a new milestone of both,ESD and the department of urology of Renji hospital.

Professor Xue Wei, director of the department of urology of Renji hospital, said that urolithiasis is a commondisease worldwide with a high incidence, often recurring, and causing greatpain and an economic burden to the patients: "In the past 30 years, the incidence of urinary calculi has been increasing year by year. For tertiaryhospitals, the approach to calculi surgery can no longer be just ‘we can dealwith ureteral or kidney stones’, but ‘we can deal with complex calculi quickly and effectively, and achieve minimally invasiveness’ “.

ESD in Shanghai: teachers and delegates

Professor Chen Qi said the superfine percutaneous nephrolithotomy (UMP) is suitable for renal and upper ureteralcalculi less than 2.5 cm in diameter, and has the advantages of a non-invasive,safe, effective and repeatable treatment. Because the UMP channel is very thin,and the diameter of the optic is only 3 mm, there is no need for apostoperative drainage. The patient only stays one day in the hospital and recovers quickly, so the cost of medical treatment is greatly reduced. Renji hospital has been carrying out day surgery for urinary calculi for many years.Patients with ureteral calculi can be discharged the next day or even the same day. Patients with percutaneous nephrolithotomy can be discharged after one to two days. In both, the length of hospital stay and the turnover rate, Renji is amongst world leaders.

During this course, the delegates not only visited the ultra-efficient wards of the department of urology of Renji hospital, but also were taught many tricks of accurate and effective operations and techniques to deal with complex kidney stone cases such as scoliosis with kidney stones, single kidney with kidney stones, horseshoe kidney with kidney stones, obesity with kidney stones, kidney stones in children, kidney stones during pregnancyetc. The participants felt that they have learned a lot. Prof. Fawad from Pakistan said: "Participating in the training course showed me a lot. Now I know that Renji hospital’s technology of lithotripsy and of urinary incontinence diagnosis and treatment are world class. The facilities andquality of the training course and the equipments are also of world class standard ".

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Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine