Basic Laparoscopic Urological Skills (BLUS) Course
Course InformationAccess Materials
The American Urological Association (AUA) has prepared the AUA BLUS Handbook of Laparoscopic and Robotic Fundamentals for all those new to laparoscopy. Rather than being a detailed surgical atlas, this is a handbook designed to introduce the fundamental principles of laparoscopy including: indications and contraindications for laparoscopy, the physiologic effects of pneumoperitoneum, patient positioning; abdominal access and trocar placement; strategic placement of the operating room (OR) team and equipment, overview of laparoscopic instrumentation, and complications unique to laparoscopic surgery. Additionally, a detailed description of a laparoscopic nephrectomy is presented. The laparoscopic or hand-assisted laparoscopic approach has become the standard of care for most nephrectomies.1 As such, it is imperative that every urologic surgeon be familiar with the procedure.
The details of complex reconstructive laparoscopic procedures are not included. It is hoped that the fundamentals presented in this handbook will serve as a sound foundation for those who wish to expand their skills to include more advanced procedures.Faculty
Sean Collins, Daniel S. Lehman, Elspeth M. McDougall, Ralph V. Clayman, and Jaime Landman
Method of Participation
Learners will participate in this online educational activity by completing a pre-test, reading the AUA BLUS Handbook of Laparoscopic and Robotic Fundamentals and completing a 50 question post-test to support this program.