Dear members,

Welcome to our November Newsletter. We are pleased to introduce new operative techniques in the fields of Gynecology and Urology on More techniques in these specialties will be presented in the coming months. This edition also lists other additions to the site.

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Operation Lindbergh
- the first transatlantic robot-assisted operation

Available to all members until the end of November 2001...

Operation Lindbergh, comprising a complete telesurgical cholecystectomy, was carried out by a team of French surgeons located in New York on a patient in Strasbourg, France. This world first was a truly remarkable medical and technical feat; it involved minimally invasive surgery using telecommunications solutions based on high-speed services and sophisticated surgical robotics.

Operative technique

- Nissen fundoplication free full text version - B Dallemagne (Belgium)


Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication
- B Dallemagne (Belgium), J Marescaux (France)

- Nissen fundoplication free full text version - B Dallemagne (Belgium)


Expert opinion

- Nissen fundoplication - B Dallemagne (Belgium)


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What's new on

Preoperative section

Digestive surgery

Epidemiology of colorectal cancer - G Launoy (France)
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer worldwide, with more than two thirds of cases in developed countries, and the highest incidences in North America and Oceania. Cancer risk varies according to ethnicity, socio-demographics and lifestyle.

Operative techniques


- Laparoscopic surgical treatment of tubal ectopic pregnancy - O Garbin (France)
Ectopic pregnancies were amongst the first conditions to be treated laparoscopically. Developments in diagnosis and management have led to earlier and better treatment.

- Radical trachelectomy - D Querleu, Leblanc (France)
A radical trachelectomy is performed by the vaginal route, as in a vaginal radical hysterectomy or Schauta operation, but only the cervix is removed. The objective of this procedure is to leave the body of the uterus intact.


- Laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy for prostate cancer - C Saussine (France)
Pelvic lymphadenectomy is performed to evaluate the extent of lymph node involvement for the staging of prostatic adenocarcinomas and is often the first operative step of a radical retropubic prostatectomy. Since 1991, it has become feasible via laparoscopy.


- Endoscopic parathyroidectomy - F Rubino (Italy), M Gagner (USA)
Improved reliability in preoperative imaging techniques and intraoperative assays has led to changes in the treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism. Today, more surgeons are comfortable with unilateral exploration and videoscopic procedures.


Videos on operating procedures performed by international experts are available on in the Videos section (average duration 20 min). New procedures for November include:

English Commentary :

- Video-assisted right parathyroidectomy - P Miccoli (Italy)
- Video-assisted parathyroidectomy - P Berti, P Miccoli (Italy)
- Laparoscopic left adrenalectomy, retroperitoneal approach - J Bonjer (Netherlands)
- Laparoscopic suprapubic incisional hernia (TAPP approach) - J Leroy (France), F Jamali (USA)
- Laparoscopic lumbar hernia repair - F Jamali (USA), D Mutter (France)
- Laparoscopic redo partial fundoplication for dysphagia - D Mutter (France), F Jamali (USA)
- Laparoscopic lymphadenectomy for prostate cancer - C Saussine (France)


French Commentary :

- Résection vidéo-assistée d'un diverticule de Meckel - D Mutter (France)

Expert opinion


Surgical experts from around the world have been interviewed on film this month for their opinions on aspects of parathyroidectomy.


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