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WeBSurg and EATS Newsletter October 2007

Dear member,
Welcome to our October 2007 newsletter. We are pleased to offer you new videos of surgical procedures and expert interviews on We are also happy to release other sets of new lectures 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).

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

4 new short lectures about Interventional GI Endoscopy Techniques:

  • Endoscopic full-thickness resection, fistula repair and gastro-jejunostomy using the plicator – R Chuttani (USA)
  • Tumors of the esophagus: role of endoscopy in therapeutic management – J Riemann (DE)
  • Common bile duct stone in the elderly patient: just endoscopic! – J Riemann (DE)
  • Flexible endoscopic myotomy: the treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum – P Eisendrath (DE)

new short lectures about Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery:

  • Can colonic tumours be staged accurately? – G Brown (UK)
  • The importance of extramural venous invasion detected by MRI – G Brown (UK)
  • Laparoscopic TME: long-term results – M Li (HK)
  • Laparoscopic treatment of postoperative complications of laparoscopic colorectal surgery – F Corcione
  • (IT)

New videos this month:

General and digestive surgery:

  • Laparoscopic resection of the 1st portion of duodenum for a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
  • Laparoscopic resection of the 3rd and 4th portion of duodenum for a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST
  • Splenectomy by laparoscopic posterior lateral approach for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP): selective vascular control
  • Rolling (paraesophageal) hiatal hernia treatment in an 80-year-old male patient
  • Heller procedure for achalasia
  • Laparoscopic TME for rectal cancer in a male patient: an ideal case to start 
  • Transabdominal pre-peritoneal (TAPP) repair of Amyand's hernia in a 72-year-old man
  • Micro-instrumentation for minimally invasive cholecystectomy: surgical technique

New Expert Interviews in Urological Surgery and Gynecologic Surgery!

Urological Surgery
A Rane (UK), D Burke (UK), A Mejean (FR), J Hubert (FR)

Gynecologic Surgery 
E McVeigh (UK), M Müller (CH), F Zullo (IT)

Visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy at IRCAD

Four months after his election, French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited the IRCAD Institute (Research Institute against Digestive Cancer) on the 6th of September under the guidance of Professor Jacques Marescaux, President of the Institute. Theme of the visit: Research, Innovation, Robotics and New Surgical Technologies, Competitivity Pole. On this occasion, President Min-Ho Huang was introduced to President Nicolas Sarkozy who discovered the ASIA-IRCAD project, IRCAD's "twin" training and research center which will be inaugurated in May 2008 in Taiwan.

Click here for slide shows and videos

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
November 19-23, 2007

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
November 16-17, 2007: Only option A is available

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


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

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

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

Calendar of EITS courses for 2008

Apply now for 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: Only option A is available
March 28-29, 2008: Limited amount of space in both options
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 beginning of this month will see the nomination of 30 cutting-edge videos. The selected videos will be posted on in the coming weeks to allow all our members direct access to them; viewers will be given the option of rating the videos.

Watch this space!

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, 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 with more than 700 subscribers in less than 3 months. Indeed, the web site is the only one so far to offer dynamic resources such as videos and expert debates.

In addition, a unique bibliographic NOTES database gathers and updates 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 fourth EATS issue:

1 New Lecture for NOTES: 

  • A new generation of flexible endoscope and instrumentation for advanced endoscopy and NOTES - L Swanström (USA)

New Videos for NOTES:

  • Hands-on hints: transgastric route
  • NOTES sigmoidectomy: a stepwise approach

Expert Opinions and Debates for NOTES:

B Dunkin (USA) and P Swain (UK), M Bessler (USA), A Wattiez (FR) and A Watrelot (FR), KH Fuchs (D), PO Park (S), C Thompson (USA), B Dallemagne (FR), J Marescaux (FR), R Zorron (BR), M Bailey (UK), L Swanström (USA), M Li (HK).

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 FULL
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: Only option A is available
  • March 28-29, 2008: Limited amount of space in both options 
  • 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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