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Seoul pinpointed as a world leader in endourology

Seoul has been pinpointed as a leader in minimally invasive urologic surgery by winning the 40th World Congress of Endourology (WCE).

The event will bring some 2,500 specialists from 90 countries to the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in the Gangnam District of Seoul in 2022.

The WCE, held every four years, is the world’s foremost meeting dedicated to minimally invasive urologic surgery. It serves as a platform for doctors, nurses and researchers in the endourology sector to discuss and share experiences and promote academic development in the industry.

The 2022 Congress will be Korea’s first time hosting the World Congress of Endourology. Korea was selected as a top five finalist after the bid submission in July 2018, and won the event following a presentation at the World Congress of Endourology in Paris and an on-site inspection from a member of the international headquarters of the WCE.

The win recognises the strength of host organisation the Korean Endourological Society, which has been pioneering in the use of robotic surgery, endoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery. In Korea, minimally invasive surgery has become the mainstream in the field of urology.

“This success is a result of the strong collaboration with Korea Tourism Organization, Seoul Tourism Organization and Korean Endourological Society,” said Seo Il-Young, President of the Korean Endourological Society, who will also serve as Chairman of the 2022 World Congress of Endourology. “We will continue to collaborate to prepare for the hosting of the largest international endourological conference in Korea.”

The Korean Endourological Society has already had success hosting an international endourological event in Seoul, as host of the 30th World Congress of Video Urology and Advances in Clinical Urology this year. This was held in conjunction with the 26th Annual Meeting of Korean Endourological Society (KES) and the 16th Annual Meeting of East Asian Society of Endourology (EASE).

It involved a day-long Live Surgery Session, comprising 7 live surgeries and 13 semi-live surgeries broadcast from three local hospitals, Severance Hospital, Seoul National University Hospital and Samsung Medical Center. The combination of live and un-edited semi live videos showed a wide range of sophisticated techniques in robotic surgeries, laparoscopic surgeries, various stone removal techniques and state-of-the-art techniques, some currently only performed in Korea.

(via Endourology Society, Korea MICE Bureau)