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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 243

Time to Change

Department of Urology, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, New Taipei; School of Medicine, Buddhist Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan

Date of Submission30-Nov-2020
Date of Acceptance30-Nov-2020
Date of Web Publication26-Dec-2020

Correspondence Address:
Stephen Shei-Dei Yang
Dr. Stephen Shei-Dei Yang, Department of Urology, Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, New Taipei city
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1879-5226.305095

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Yang SS. Time to Change. Urol Sci 2020;31:243

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Yang SS. Time to Change. Urol Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Feb 5];31:243. Available from: https://www.e-urol-sci.com/text.asp?2020/31/6/243/305095

It has been more than 4 years to be the editor-in-chief of this prestigious journal – Urological Science. Thanks to the contributions of all editors, reviewers, and authors, which made this journal well recognized in the scientific world. An international editorial team has been established to increase the wide exposure of the journal to the international academic society. As a result, a significant number of international research works have been submitted to Urological Science for consideration of publication, and the number of international papers is far more than that of Taiwanese papers in recent issues. In addition, there were more than 162 submissions in 2020, which almost doubled the number of submissions 4 years ago. The acceptance rate has dropped significantly to around 30%. Timed publications have been achieved in the last 4 years even though we increased the publication frequency from quarterly to bimonthly. Now, a new editorial team led by Prof. Chuang YC will make the journal better and better. Please continue to support the new team and submit your outstanding research works to Urological Science.

Taiwan, South-East Asia, and many other countries in the Stone Belt Zone still suffer from urolithiasis, in which a prevalence rate of 10%–15% of all population has been reported. Stone disease is not rare in children. Kim et al. summarized “Recent literature on the minimally invasive management of pediatric urolithiasis: A narrative review.” The differences in the management of urolithiasis between adults and children are well reviewed. Hopefully, we can provide better care with minimally invasive therapy to all children with urolithiasis. The trend of stone treatment has changed from mini-wound therapy, that is, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), to natural orifice therapy, that is, flexible ureteroscopic lithotripsy (FUL). It is worth reading Wang et al.'s review of “Risk factors of morbidity and mortality after flexible ureteroscopic lithotripsy.” With the advantage of no wound at all, FUL bears specific risks that all urologists should know about. Supine posture approach is used to avoid cardiopulmonary risks in PCNL. Manurung et al. report their “Comparisons of stone free rate, operation procedure, and complication rate according to GUY stone score in supine PCNL.”

When there is a need or a wish to preserve renal function in the face of upper tract urothelial carcinoma, it becomes a dilemma to both physicians and patients. Liu et al.'s experience of 34 cases in “Conservative management of upper tract urothelial carcinoma with endoscopic thulium laser ablation: A retrospective study with subgroup analyses” shed some light on this difficult issue. Incidental prostate cancer after transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) is not uncommon. Lin et al. reported “Surgical and functional outcomes of robotic assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) in patients with previous transurethral resection of the prostate.” They concluded that TURP may not have negative effects on the surgical and functional outcomes of RARP. Good results of vasostomy to retrieve sperms in infertile men have been reported by Hsieh et al. in the “The simple solution for infertile patients with aspermia in the modern era of assisted reproductive technique.” The traditional technique still proved its usefulness in the current era of modern technology.

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