This October, Berlin will be hosting ELUTS17, the first in what is set to become Europe’s annual LUTS event. The EAU is organising the meeting for the first time, working together with two of its Sections, the European School of Urology and the European Urogynaecological Association, EUGA.
We spoke to Prof. Chris Chapple (Sheffield, GB), EAU Secretary General and co-organiser of ELUTS17 on the importance of this subspecialty, the cooperation with EUGA and the highlights from the scientific programme.
The scientific programme of ELUTS17 is co-organised with the EAU Sections of Genitourinary Reconsctructive Surgeons and Female and Functional Urology, ESGURS and ESFFU, each providing speakers and expertise from their ranks.
ELUTS17 also has a substantial involvement from the European School of Urology, which is organising its 10th Masterclass on Female and Functional Urology (together with ESFFU) to coincide with ELUTS17. The Masterclass will be held on 12-13 October, with the regular ELUTS17 scientific programme taking place on 13-14 October. Registration for the masterclass is free, but does involve a selection process by the organisers.
Another party that the EAU is working with for ELUTS17 is the European Urogynaecological Association. Prof. Chapple: “This marks the first meeting in collaboration with the EUGA. There is no doubt that functional urology is an important component of clinical practice and this emphasises the recognition that the EAU gives to this important area of urology.”
“Our collaboration also reflects the close working practice that we have as clinicians interested in the management of both female and male patients with functional urological disorders. The EAU welcomes the EUGA group and hopes that to build on activities of this nature in the future.”
“This is the first year that this area in urology, in particular with an emphasis on the important issue of lower urinary tract symptoms, is the subject of a large meeting of the European Association of Urology. We are offering a very comprehensive programme incorporating interactive teaching and a multidisciplinary group of speakers. We anticipate that this will herald an annual meeting in this field, and at this meeting we will be covering all of the topical areas in the field of functional and reconstructive urological practice in both male and female patients.”
The scientific programme features state-of-the-art lectures, discussions and updates from some of the most experienced LUTS-urologists. Chapple: “The speakers at the meeting will review the latest developments, diagnosis and management of lower urinary tract symptoms. There will be a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in the area of minimally invasive treatments for lower urinary tract symptoms, with particular reference to some of the confounding conditions such as underactive bladder, painful bladder syndrome and difficult and troublesome symptoms such as nocturia, urgency and stress incontinence.”
“Whilst there will be considerable focus on management of these conditions in the female patient, there will also be comprehensive overviews of the management of lower urinary tract symptoms in the male patient, both with overactive bladder symptom complex and with other conditions such as urethral stricture disease and erectile dysfunction.”
“Attendees at the meeting will find that this will provide a concise, interactive and up-to-date review of the latest developments in the field of lower urinary tract symptoms and genitourinary dysfunction.”
LUTS within Urology
Prof. Chapple also reflected on the way lower urinary tract symptoms are regarded in the wider urological community. “The management of lower urinary tract symptoms within urology is often neglected and many consider it to be rather unappealing as a subject area. Clearly the converse is true as there is an increasing prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms with increasing age, making this a very important and relevant area of urology for the population at large, particularly with the ageing population.”
“Consequently LUTS is an important area of contemporary clinical practice. The associated symptoms, particularly relating to continence, are a significant cause of morbidity, especially in the female population. Clearly storage symptoms in the ageing male are the commonest reason why patients attend a urological clinic, even in situations where the predominant problem is thought to be bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic enlargement.”
“Clearly as a speciality within urology, it is important for urologists to maintain their expertise in many of the areas in urology which are not considered as interesting or appealing as some of the newer forms of endourology. The management of LUTS is a key area within urology in both management of male and female patients. It is important that urologists’ expertise in this area is maintained and kept up to date.”