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WeBSurg and EATS Newsletter July 2007

Dear member,
Welcome to our July 2007 newsletter. We are pleased to offer you new videos of surgical procedures on We are also happy to release other sets of new lectures and expert interviews shot live at IRCAD-EITS during the University post-graduate course for surgical endoscopy, "Interventional GI endoscopy Techniques" (June 4-6, 2007).
Also, for all our EATS members and those to be, new contents are available on the EATS website.

WeBSurg Award: What happens Next!

Dear contenders,

Thank you all for taking part in the 1st WeBSurg Award, an occasion that has encouraged many fellow surgeons around the world to join in the competition.

The call for the "WeBSurg Video Award" nominations is now over. These next few months will see our jury working hard on pre-selecting 30 videos by the end of September.

These videos will be published on to broadcast them to a vast range of surgeons and allow rating by WeBSurg's expert community.The jury will present its final decision by the end of October 2007.

Best of luck to all of you!

WeBSurg Award website

New CME activities on WeBSurg!

Thanks to a fruitful partnership with McMaster University, we are happy to offer you brand-new CME activities. Please select your activities in 3 different categories, namely videos, techniques, and lectures and obtain up to 41 CME credits!

Please click here to access the list of online CME-accredited activities.

5 New Short Lectures on Interventional GI Endoscopy Techniques:

  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection for GI tumors using Flex knife
  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection using water jet short needle knives (Flush-Knife) for the treatment of gastrointestinal epithelial neoplasms
  • EUS and cholangioscopy in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Endoscopic removal of submucosal tumors in the upper GI tract
  • Transoral intragastric surgery

8 new videos this month:

General and digestive surgery:

  • Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for sigmoid diverticulitis in an obese (BMI=39) female patient
  • Laparoscopic segmental resection of the transverse colon
  • Removal of mesh plug and TEP repair of a recurrent left inguinal hernia in a 72-year-old man
  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass in a patient with a BMI of 51
  • Right inguinal hernia and intrafascial psoas hernia: TEP repair

Robotic surgery:

  • Robotic sleeve gastrectomy

Pediatric surgery:

  • Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum
  • Laparoscopic Heller-Dor procedure for pediatric esophageal achalasia

New Expert Interviews and Debates in Interventional GI Endoscopy!

The following experts have been interviewed:

R Chuttani (USA), H Inoue (JP), N Yahagi (JP), T Toyonaga (JP), B Schumacher (D), S Seewald (D)

Please click here for the latest interviews

A Unique Opportunity for Training and Improving your Skills in Minimally Invasive Surgery at IRCAD-EITS!

Come and Attend our Course Programs in Laparoscopic Surgery!

You can now register and pay online!

Apply for one of the few remaining places left in the following 2007 courses:

Intensive Course in Laparoscopic General Surgery
September 17-21, 2007
November 19-23, 2007

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Digestive Surgery
December 17-19, 2007

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
November 16-17, 2007

Intensive Course in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery
December 3-7, 2007

Cours Intensifs en Chirurgie Laparoscopique Urologique
October 1-5, 2007

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery
September 14-15, 2007




Current Techniques in the Treatment of Severe Endometriosis
September 10-12, 2007

Techniques Avancées en Endoscopie Gynécologique Opératoire
December 10-12, 2007

Second International NOTES Hands-On Course (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery)
October 12-13, 2007

Advanced Course: Videosurgery in Pediatric Urology
October 25-27, 2007

93rd Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (October 7-11, 2007)

IRCAD-EITS-WeBSurg will be present as an exhibitor hosted by Karl Storz and will be happy to welcome you at this meeting.

New Partnership between WeBSurg and Covidien, formerly Tyco Healthcare

Covidien, a leading global provider of medical products, has entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement with IRCAD for WEBSURG. Covidien has more than 43,000 employees worldwide in 57 countries, and its products are sold in over 130 countries.

"IRCAD is very pleased with this agreement", said Jacques Marescaux, president of IRCAD.

"The synergy between the two parties is compelling and provides another avenue of partnership between physicians and industry for the benefit of patients. Since Covidien is a global enterprise, their support of this multi-language resource is very appropriate".

Learn more about Covidien at

New exclusive content in N.O.T.E.S. for all EATS members and those to be!

The outstanding success of the NOTES course that took place last May has encouraged us to adjust our educational targets. We will therefore have the pleasure to organize 4 new courses on NOTES at IRCAD-EITS in 2008 and look forward to welcoming you on those occasions. This month sees the release of new key presentations of the NOTES course for our EATS members and those to be. A new series of expert opinions, debates and lectures have been published on the EATS website. If you are not yet a member of the EATS and wish to have full access to all the educational material on NOTES, an annual symbolic fee of 10 euros* payable online ( is all it takes! *in compliance with Article 5 pursuant to the status of the EATS Association.

Boost in EATS memberships!

The original and exclusive content that is delivered by the EATS to its members has greatly contributed to the rapid success of the association. Indeed, it is the only one so far to offer dynamic resources such as videos and expert debates.

In addition, a unique bibliographic NOTES database gathers all related references to allow its members access to all publications in this field. This association is the perfect tool to keep up-to-date with NOTES.

For our second EATS issue:

4 New Lectures for NOTES:

  • Secure closure of the NOTES access site
  • The state of NOTES
  • NOTES combined approach: transgastric and transvesical ports
  • Transvaginal cholecystectomy

Topics to be broached in the next months:

  • An original approach: cardiac occluder
  • How to expose, retract? Developing enabling technologies and advanced endoscopic designs for NOTES
  • Multitasking platform
  • Original approach: use of magnets

6 Expert Opinions and 2 Debates for NOTES:

B Dunkin (USA) and P Swain (UK), M Bessler (USA), A Wattiez (F) and A Watrelot (F), KH Fuchs (D), PO Park (S), C Thompson (USA), B Dallemagne (F), J Marescaux (F)


  • In your opinion, what are the therapeutic indications and in which areas of practice can NOTES be applied to?
  • What do you think of the first totally NOTES transvaginal cholecystectomy that was performed at IRCAD after what had been done at Columbia University in New York?

By becoming an EATS member, you will take full advantage of our exclusive NOTES content on, as well as other membership rights.

Come and Attend our next Course Programs in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery at IRCAD-EITS!

Second International NOTES Hands-On Course
October 12-13, 2007
Option A limited to 50 participants
Option B limited to 34 participants

Due to the enormous success of the first NOTES course, priority will be given to people that are on the waiting list and to EATS members. This will operate on a first come, first served basis.

Calendar for 2008 NOTES courses at IRCAD-EITS:

  • January 18-19, 2008
  • March 28-29, 2008
  • June 6-7, 2008
  • October 3-4, 2008

Please click here to download registration form.

CME Accreditation of NOTES courses

MAINCERT and AMA CME credits currently available for the 2007 NOTES course:

8 credits (option A) 
24 credits (option B)

The European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) also provides European CME credits for the 2007 NOTES course:

6 credits (option A) 
12 credits (option B)


Your Opinion matters!

We would be glad to receive any suggestions and comments!

To contact us, please email to for the EATS or for WeBSurg.

Yours faithfully,

President of IRCAD/EITS 
President of EATS

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