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WeBSurg and EATS Newsletter December 2007

Dear member,
Welcome to our December 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 advanced course “Videosurgery in Pediatric Urology” (October 25-27, 2007) and the advanced course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (November 16-17, 2007).

We wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

We are glad to announce that we now have more than 1000 EATS members. We hope that you have enjoyed the free exclusive NOTES-related material that was available to all of you for the November period. Now if you want to have permanent access to all the NOTES-related media available on the EATS web site, make sure you subscribe to keep abreast of the latest developments in NOTES on 
For further information about NOTES, please click on the EATS section of the Newsletter. 

WeBSurg Award: vote now for the best video!

Dear members,

Thank you to all the participants for the videos submitted. The WeBSurg Video Award pre-selection is over and it is now time to vote for the best video submitted by surgeons worldwide. The videos we are publishing for the competition are the 30 pre-selected by our local committee jury for the finals. The final ranking will be established beginning of 2008.

Vote for your favorite and help it stand out!

WeBSurg Award website

New videos this month:

General and digestive surgery:

  • Laparoscopic Collis-Nissen procedure for failed fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass after failed Mason procedure
  • Laparoscopic management of a right lateral rectal cystic tumor in a 43-year-old female patient

Emergency surgery:

  • Laparoscopic management of acute small bowel obstruction after laparoscopic gastric bypass
  • Laparoscopic treatment of acute small bowel obstruction: multiple cases of adhesiolysis

Pediatric surgery:

  • Video-assisted procedure for treatment of high and intermediate anorectal imperforations
  • Primary endorectal pull-through (ERPT) for the treatment of classic Hirschsprung’s disease: Georgeson procedure

Urological surgery:

  • Intraperitoneal laparoscopic pyeloplasty

10 new short lectures about "Videosurgery in Pediatric Urology" and 2 about Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

Videosurgery in Pediatric Urology:

  • Laparoscopic resection of Müllerian structures – M Bailez (AR)
  • The role of laparoscopy in the management of patients with ambiguous genitalia  – M Bailez (AR)
  • Uterovaginal anomalies: vaginoplasty – M Bailez (AR)
  • Laparoscopic treatment of adnexal masses – M Bailez (AR)
  • What is surgery? – T Krummel (USA)
  • “It’s no longer just blood and guts, it’s bits and bytes” – T Krummel (USA)
  • “The surgeon, the patient and the unsolved problem: training the next generation of surgeon innovators – T Krummel (USA)
  • Robotic transperitoneal pyeloplasty – A Najmaldin (UK)
  • Videosurgery of vesicoureteric reflux – A Najmaldin (UK)
  • Urolithiasis in children – A Najmaldin (UK)

 Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery:

  • Left colon surgery totally laparoscopic vs. laparoscopically assisted transanal extraction, a good option? – M Franklin (USA)
  • Totally laparoscopic right colon resection with transvaginal removal: a precursor to NOTES – M Franklin (USA)


New Expert Interviews in Pediatric Urological Surgery and Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery!

Pediatric Urological Surgery
T Krummel (USA), A El Ghoneimi (FR), TL Nguyen (VN), M Schlobach (BR), M Bailez (AR)

Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
M Franklin (USA), M Walz (DE)

Calendar of EITS courses for 2008

Apply now for one of the following 2008 laparoscopic courses:

Digestive Surgery:

Intensive course in Laparoscopic General Surgery
February 4-8, 2008 FULL
March 10-14, 2008 FULL
May 19-23, 2008 FULL
September 22-26, 2008
December 8-12, 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 on NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery)
January 18-19, 2008: Only option A is available
March 28-29, 2008: Only option A is available
June 6-7, 2008 Only option A is available
October 3-4, 2008

Advanced Course in Interventional GI Endoscopy Techniques
July 3-5, 2008 Only option A is available

Pediatric Surgery:

Advanced Course in Pediatric Endosurgery
October 16-18, 2008

Urological Surgery:

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

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

Gynecologic Surgery:

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

CME Accreditation of 2008 IRCAD-EITS courses

As an organisation accredited to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for Physicians, by both the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education of the United States, the Continuing Health Sciences Education Program at McMaster University designates the EITS educational programs as meeting the criteria for:

  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    Most of the EITS courses are approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (MAINCERT). Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
    Most of the EITS courses are designated as meeting the criteria for the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Click here to access the list of 2008 EITS course programs and their respective allocated CME credits.

Upcoming conferences in 2008

The 30th International Congress of the European Hernia Society will be taking place in Sevilla, Spain, from the 7th to the 10th of May 2008.

For further details, click here.

IRCAD-EITS involvement in 2008 meetings:

IRCAD-EITS-WeBSurg will be present as an exhibitor hosted by Karl Storz and will be happy to welcome you at the forthcoming events:

  • SAGES 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (April 9-12, 2008)
  • 16th International Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), Stockholm, Sweden (June 11-14, 2008)

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


We are happy to share with more than 1000 members the newest developments in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery. We have made available a few more lectures, videos, and expert interviews that were recorded at IRCAD-EITS during the latest NOTES Hands-on course program (October 12-13, 2007) and during the Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (November 16-17, 2007). So make sure you check the website and make the most of our NOTES material!

Important: membership certificate for all EATS members

Dear members,

Please note that if you need an EATS association membership certificate, it can be delivered directly via the website. Make sure you are logged on and go to your details section where you will find your membership certificate.


For our sixth EATS issue:

NOTES New Lectures

  • Available endoscopic suturing methods – PO Park (SE)
  • NOTES nephrectomy – J Correia-Pinto (PT)
  • Universal approach to the peritoneal cavity – H Feussner (DE)
  • Advanced technology and the future of surgery – R Satava (US)


1 new video:

NOTES sleeve gastrectomy

2 new sets of expert interviews: RJ Heald (UK), M Franklin (USA)

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!

Calendar for 2008 NOTES courses at IRCAD-EITS:

  • January 18-19, 2008: Only option A is available
  • March 28-29, 2008: Only option A is available 
  • June 6-7, 2008 Only option A is available
  • October 3-4, 2008

Option A limited to 50 participants
Option B limited to 34 participants

Due to the enormous success of the first and second NOTES Hands-on courses, 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.

Please click here to download registration form.

CME Accreditation of NOTES courses

MAINCERT and AMA Category 1 CME credits available for the 2008 NOTES courses:

8.75 credits (option A)
25.25 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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