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WeBSurg and EATS Newsletter September 2007

Dear member,
Welcome to our September 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) and the Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (June 8-9, 2007).

We are also happy to announce the availability of WeBSurg in traditional Chinese thanks to the team of Mr. President Min-Ho HUANG of the Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan. This follows the release of the Spanish version of WeBSurg in November 2006 and the Japanese version in June 2007. Our warmest thanks go to Mr. President Min-Ho HUANG and his team.

Also, for all our EATS members and those to be, new contents are available on the EATS website.

4 new short lectures on Interventional GI Endoscopy Techniques:

  • Circumferential EMR in the esophagus - S Seewald (D)
  • The plicator procedure for GERD: 2007 update - R Chuttani (USA)
  • Esophageal capsule endoscopy: innovation or revolution? - JP Galmiche (FR)
  • Ablation therapies in Barrett's : BARRx and cryotherapy - R Chuttani (USA)

4 new short lectures on Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery:

  • Endolaparoscopic approach to obstructing colonic cancer - M Li (HK)
  • Improving outcome in colorectal cancer - H van der Walt (ZA)
  • Improving the staging system for low rectal tumors: MRI of the low rectum - G Brown (UK)
  • Avoiding complications in laparoscopic colorectal surgery - R Zorron (BR)

11 New videos this month:

General and digestive surgery:

  • Laparoscopic TME for a T4 tumor located high in the rectum
  • Laparoscopic TAPP for bilateral inguinal hernia
  • Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy after perforated diverticulum: low dissection and splenic flexure mobilization
  • Anatomical landmarks and TAPP approach for right inguinal hernia
  • Laparoscopic Collis Nissen: GERD with short esophagus

Gynecological surgery:

  • Lumbo-aortic and pelvic lymphadenectomy for ovarian cancer


Emergency surgery:

  • Laparoscopic appendectomy in a young woman, 22 weeks pregnant
  • Acute abdominal pain in a young female patient with endometrial cyst and acute appendicitis
  • Importance of small bowel inspection during acute appendicitis
  • Benefit of laparoscopic approach in an appendicular purulent peritonitis


Robotic surgery:

  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

New Expert Interviews in Colorectal Surgery and Gynecologic Surgery!

Colorectal Surgery
H Van der Walt (ZA), M Li (HK), R Zorron (BR)

Gynecologic Surgery
EF Solomayer (DE), J Vandromme (BE)

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 FULL
September 17-21, 2007
November 19-23, 2007

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
November 16-17, 2007: Places left only for option A

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

Cours Intensif en Chirurgie Laparoscopique Urologique FULL
October 1-5, 2007

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery: Laparoscopic Treatment of Kidney Tumors 
September 14-15, 2007

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Severe Endometriosis FULL
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: Places left only for option A

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

Calendar of EITS courses now available for 2008!

Apply now for the one of the following 2008 courses:

Intensive course in Laparoscopic General Surgery
February 4-8, 2008
March 10-14, 2008
May 19-23, 2008
September 22-26, 2008
December 8-12, 2008

Intensive Course in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery
June 9-13, 2008
December 1-5, 2008

Cours intensifs en Chirurgie Laparoscopique Urologique
January 21-25, 2008
October 6-10, 2008

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Digestive Surgery
April 3-5, 2008
November 27-29, 2008

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
June 27-28, 2008
November 7-8, 2008

Advanced Course in Interventional GI Endoscopy Techniques
July 3-5, 2008


Advanced Course on NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery)
January 18-19, 2008
March 28-29, 2008
June 6-7, 2008
October 3-4, 2008

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery: Laparoscopic Treatment of Kidney Tumors
April 24-26, 2008

International Advanced Symposium: Laparoscopic Treatment of Urological Pelvic Cancers: Prostate and Bladder
September 18-20, 2008

Advanced Course in Pediatric Endosurgery
October 16-18, 2008

Gynecologic Surgery: Tips and tricks, anatomy suture and more...
March 25-27, 2008

Advanced Techniques in Operative Gynecological Endoscopy
May 5-7, 2008

Gynecological Cancer and Laparoscopic Approach: State of the Art
June 23-25, 2008

Current Techniques in the Treatment of Severe Endometriosis
September 8-10, 2008

Techniques Avancées en Endoscopie Gynécologique Opératoire
December 15-17, 2008

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.

WeBSurg Award: nominations to come soon!

Dear contenders,

The end of this month will see the nomination of 30 cutting-edge videos. The selected videos will be posted on beginning of October to allow all our members direct access to them; viewers will be given the option of rating the videos.

Our next newsletter will keep you up-to-date with the latest WeBSurg Awards developments, so make sure you don't miss it!

Best of luck!

WeBSurg Award website

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 third EATS issue:

4 New Lectures for NOTES:

  • An original approach: cardiac occluder - S Perretta (FR)
  • Early human experience with advanced flexible endoscopes for NOTES - L Swanström (USA)
  • Multitasking platform - C Thompson (USA)
  • Magnetic manipulators in NOTES - B Dunkin (USA)

Topics to be broached in the next months:

  • Hands-on hints: transgastric route
  • NOTES transvaginal cholecystectomy
  • Transgastric left adrenalectomy in a survival porcine model after transgastric cholecystectomy

New Expert Opinions and 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), R Zorron (BR).

New experts interviewed:

M Bailey (UK), L Swanström (USA), R Zorron (BR)


  • What key technological developments are likely to favour the expansion of NOTES?

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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