Practical PCNL: From Access to Exit - A Hands-On Course - New York (2018)

Lake Success, NY US
July 14, 2018 to July 15, 2018

This is a hands-on, intensive course in PCNL. It is geared for the practicing Urologist who wants to gain comfort with performing percutaneous stone removal, obtaining his/her own percutaneous access using both fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and familiarity with current instrumentation including flexible ureteroscopy. The course will include didactic lectures, multiple different simulators, and live patient experience with ultrasound imaging.

    Target Audience

    • Resident
    • Urologist

    Learning Objectives

    After attending this course, participants will be able to:

    1. Obtain percutaneous access to the kidney using both fluoroscopy and sonography.
    2. Review instrumentation integral to optimizing PCNL success (including tract dilation, graspers, baskets, flexible nephroscopy).
    3. Demonstrate the optimal methods for post-operative drainage and management of the percutaneous tract.
    4. Recognize and manage complications of PCNL.
    5. Perform and review ultrasound imaging.
    6. Apply knowledge gained in this course to develop a practice which is comfortable in offering PCNL to its patients as an integral surgical procedure in the treatment of stone disease.
    7. Gain familiarity with flexible ureteroscopy and instrumentation, and learn how to utilize it in combination with PCNL to enhance access and stone treatment success.
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • 13.75 Non-Physician Participation
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    07/14/2018 - 7:00am
    Event ends: 
    07/15/2018 - 12:00pm

    Saturday, July 14, 2018

    7:00 – 7:20 am                  Registration/Breakfast

    7:20 – 7:30 am                  Welcome/Course Format

    7:30 – 8:00am                    Fundamentals of Renal Ultrasound

    8:00 – 8:20 am                  Fundamentals of Fluoroscopy/Radiation Safety

    8:20 – 8:40 am                  Case Selection (STONE Morphometry) Selection of Access Site

    8:40 – 8:50 am                  Positioning for PCNL

    8:50 – 9:10 am                  Fluoroscopy-guided Perc Access: “Bull’s Eye” and “Drift Down”


    9:10 – 9:25 am                  Endoscopically-guided Perc Access with Fluoroscopy

    9:25 – 9:45 am                  Ultrasound-guided Perc Access and Complications

    9:45 – 10:00 am                 Break

    10:00 – 10:20 am             Dilation of Tract and Complications

    10:20 – 10:45 am             Difficult Access: Tricks and Tips

    10:45 – 11:05 am             Stone Removal and Lithotripsy – Pneumatic, Ultrasound, Laser

    11:05 – 11:25 am             Flexible Nephroscopy

    11:25 – 11:45 am             Flexible Ureteroscopy in PCNL: Access Sheaths and other Tips

    11:45 am – 12:15 pm      Medical Management of Kidney Stones

    12:15 – 12:30 pm             Review of AUA Guidelines for Medical and Surgical Management Of Urolithiasis

    12:30 – 1:00 pm                Lunch

    1:00 – 5:00 pm                  Surgical Skill Stations

    1. Renal Ultrasound on Live Model
    2. Percutaneous Access under Fluoroscopy
    3. Percutaneous Access under Ultrasound
    4. Flexible Ureteroscopy and Percutaneous Access

    Sunday, July 15, 2018

    7:30 – 8:00 am                  Breakfast

    8:00 – 8:20 am                  Exit Strategies: Tubes vs. Tubeless, Floseal, Selection of Nephrostomy Tubes, Post-Op Imaging

    8:20 – 8:45 am                  Difficult Access: Tricks and Tips

    8:45 – 10:30 am                 Surgical Cases – Video

                                                    PCNL – Fluoroscopy-guided Access and Stone Removal –

                                                    Graspers, Lithotripsy and Insertion of Nephrostomy or Stent

                                                    PCNL – Ultrasound-guided Access and Stone Fragmentation with


                                                    PCNL with Multiple Tracts and Flexible Nephroscopy

                                                    PCNL – Endoscopic assisted

                                                    Flexible Ureteroscopy for Residual Stones

    10:30 – 10:50 am             Break

    10:50 – 11:10 am             Complications and How to Prevent Them for PCNL

    11:10 – 11:30 am             Complications and How to Prevent Them for URS

    11:30 am – 12:30 pm      Difficult Cases: Panel Discussion/Q & A Session

    12:30 pm                             Course Adjourns

    Smith Institute for Urology
    450 Lakeville Road
    Lake Success, NY 11042
    United States


    Hotel Information

    Inn at Great Neck
    30 Cutter Mill Road
    Great Neck, New York 11021 
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    Reference the American Urological Association Practical PCNL course when making your reservation to receive the special group rate. To hold a reservation, a major credit card number must be provided. $185 single/double occupancy. Reference the American Urological Association Practical PCNL course when making your reservation to receive the special group rate.

    Cut-off Date: Friday, June 22, 2018.
    *Once the AUA group block is full, which may be prior to the cut-off date, the AUA is unable to guarantee rooms at this rate or at this hotel.

    Check-in: 3 p.m.

    Check-out: 12 p.m.  


    Valet: $14.00 per day (overnight)

    Car Rental

    Hertz is pleased to offer special discounted car rental rates to AUA course and meeting attendees. Make your rental car reservation online or call 1-800-654-2240 and mention the AUA discount code, CV# 04SG0005.

    Know Before You Go

    The Inn at Great Neck is located on the historic Gold Coast of Long Island. "West Egg" from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, refers to Great Neck. What has made Great Neck such a well-regarded locale has been its picturesque scenery that is in close proximity to Manhattan. Our convenient location offers guests a great starting point to discover the cultural, historic and natural attractions of Long Island's North Shore, as well as our dining and nightlife. From the magnificent gardens of Old Westbury, to a historic walking tour of our Great Neck village, there is plenty to do and see nearby. Be sure to visit the local museums, arboretums, mansions, gardens, beaches, hiking trails, shopping villages, state parks, theaters, restaurants, golf courses, bike paths, fishing piers, farmer's markets and more. 

    Accreditation: The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Credit Designation: The American Urological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Other Learners: The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

    Evidence Based Content: It is the policy of the AUA to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

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    • Limit content to evidence with no recommendations
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    • Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
    • Limit equipment representatives to providing logistics and operation support only in procedural demonstrations
    • Divestiture of the relationship by faculty

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    Available Credit

    • 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • 13.75 Non-Physician Participation

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