JM Gilvernet â€“ His Contributions to Urology
We all heard the news of passing away
of Prof. Jose Maria Gil-Vernet, at a ripe age of 97 on 5th March
Today many of the Urologists and Trainees in Urology may not have heard
much about this much celebrated Urologist from Barcelona, Spain. His
Contributions towards development of Urology was phenomenal that many of us in
the elder Generation followed many of his surgical techniques.
EAU Urology History Section Brought out this memoriam in his honour on
May 5th 2020.
His contributions towards Urological
Surgery were many and he authored innumerable publications that will be
difficult to compile.
One of his main contributions was
Extended Pyelolithotomy (called as Intrasinosal Surgery) which most of the
Urologist Followed. During almost the same period Boyce introduced his
Technique of â€˜Anatrophic Nephrolithotomyâ€™ which also became popular among many
yester Urologists. But the blood loss was significantly more with Boyceâ€™s
technique when compared to Gil Vernetâ€™s Extended Pyelolithotomy.
His Publication on â€˜Intrasinosal surgery (Extended Pyelolithotomy) is
detailed that it covers all aspects on this then popular surgery for Renal Calculi
including Staghorn Calculi. For those who love History, this is a treasure.
With the advent of Lap and Robotic Urology, Open techniques receded but
This procedure is practiced by these surgeons when contemplating Lap or Robotic
procedures. Hence reading this publication will be of immense benefit.
As mentioned, it is impossible to provide a compilation of his work. I am
providing Links for some of his Contributions.
New Surgical Approach to Complicated Renal Anomalies
Prostate cancer: anatomical and surgical considerations â€“ This article
was published by JM Gil Vernet in honour of his father Salvador Gil Vernet who
by himself was well known for his contributions for Urological Anatomy
Gil Vernet had introduced an Anti Reflux Surgery for VUR but it did
not become very popular among the various procedures described for Open
Correction of VUR. However there are few articles on this technique published
even as late as 2018 exemplifying the virtues of this procedure
He has contributed to the Surgery of VVF with his article on â€˜New
Surgical Approach to Complex VVFâ€™
His article on â€˜Ileo-colic
Segment in Urological Surgeryâ€™ will help us in understanding in Augmentation
These are but a
few of his contributions. Edison has well said that he has seen more by â€˜standing
on the shoulders of Giants before himâ€™. This is very apt when we remember Gil
Vernet. The Urological Surgeons of Yore and present will miss him forever.