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WeBSurg and EATS Newsletter July 2008

Dear member,
Welcome to our July 2008 newsletter.

This month, we are pleased to release new operative videos in laparoscopic general and digestive surgery, and we are publishing the 3 Award winning videos from the WeBSurg Award contest.

Also, to celebrate the EATS association's first birthday, we are happy to offer new media shot live at IRCAD-EITS to all WeBSurg and EATS members. The media was shot during the last advanced course on NOTES (June 6-7, 2008) on the EATS website at
For further information about NOTES, please click on the EATS section of the Newsletter. 

New videos this month

General and digestive surgery:

  • Robotic-assisted subtotal gastrectomy with extended lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer
  • Laparoscopic TAPP repair for a right Nyhus type IVa inguinal hernia in a male patient
  • Tips and tricks: standard case of laparoscopic cholecystectomy in an obese patient with a BMI of 49
  • Laparoscopic small bowel resection for Meckel's diverticulitis
  • Complication of fundoplication: esophageal stenosis at the hiatal orifice
  • TAPP (transabdominal preperitoneal) repair of a right infraumbilical Spiegelian hernia

WeBSurg Award videos from our award-winning laureates:

  • Laparoscopic sigmoid vaginal replacement First prize
  • Retrocaval ureter: right laparoscopic ureteroureterostomy Second prize
  • Thoracoscopy in children Third prize

Calendar of EITS courses for 2008

Apply now for one of the following 2008 laparoscopic courses:

Digestive Surgery:

Intensive course in Laparoscopic General Surgery
September 22-26, 2008 FULL
December 8-12, 2008 FULL

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Digestive Surgery
November 27-29, 2008 Only option A is available

Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
November 7-8, 2008: Only option A is available

Advanced Course on NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery)
October 3-4, 2008 Only option A is available

Pediatric Surgery:

Advanced Course in Pediatric Urology
October 16-18, 2008

Urological Surgery:

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

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

International Advanced Symposium: Laparoscopic Treatment of Urological Pelvic Cancers: Prostate and Bladder
September 18-20, 2008 Only option A is available

Gynecologic Surgery:

Advanced Techniques in Operative Gynecological Endoscopy
December 15-17, 2008

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

ASIA IRCAD - TAIWAN: 2008 course calendar and corresponding CME accreditation

Following the inauguration and the first course held in Taiwan (May 27-30, 2008), we are pleased to release the complete calendar of 2008 courses held at the ASIA IRCAD TAIWAN and the CME accreditation received for each course.

CME accreditation is provided for all programs to be held at ASIA IRCAD - Taiwan: AMA Category 1 credits™ and MAINCERT credits will be delivered.

Click here to access the 2008 calendar of courses.

Make sure you do not miss out on this unique opportunity and register now for one of the few remaining places!

From Endoluminal to Transluminal Surgery: First International Symposium and Advanced Course in NOTES at the ASIA IRCAD – Register now for this unique opportunity! with Hands-on Experimental Lab for Option B

The ASIA IRCAD will be holding the very first NOTES course at the heart of Asia from the 10th of September to the 12th. All of the IRCAD’s experts in this field, as well as internationally renowned experts, will be travelling to Taiwan to demonstrate the applicability of NOTES and train surgeons to the techniques. The course will unravel in a similar way to the one at the IRCAD, with theory lectures, live operations transmitted to the conference rooms and hands-on practice on live tissue in the experimental OR room: A matchless OR room providing 23 fully equipped operating tables and the latest technology in a majestic environment.


Do not miss this chance and register now for your ticket by clicking here.

Upcoming conferences in 2008

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: 

  • 11th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, Yokohama, Japan (September 2-5, 2008)
  • 2008 Annual Clinical Congress of the ACS, San Francisco, California, USA (October 12-16, 2008)

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


This first year of existence for the EATS association has been greatly successful, and we now share our online contents with more than 2000 members! To celebrate this and following the fifth NOTES Advanced Course that took place last June 6-7, 2008, we are happy to share new media with you and the WeBSurg members. Make sure you check the EATS website and fully enjoy the updated NOTES material!

Register now for the first NOTES course at the ASIA-IRCAD in Taiwan (10th to 12th of September, 2008). Find the course program and registration details here.

For our thirteenth EATS issue:

 4 New lectures :

  • Magnetically anchored deployable instruments for NOTES - D Scott (US)
  • Transvesical port: creation, closure and applicability in NOTES procedures - J Correia-Pinto (PT) 
  • Transvaginal access - J Nassif (FR) 
  • NOTES: diagnostic human studies - J Hazey (US) 

New expert interviews and debates: 
Debate between Prof. Daniel SCOTT and Dr. Mehran ANVARI :
Are there any problems related to the use of magnetic devices in your surgical environment?

Debate between Jorge CORREIA-PINTO and Prof. Jeffrey HAZEY :
What is your opinion of the indications for the transvesical access in humans? Is there a future for human applications or is it uniquely a laboratory experimentation?

Prof. Nobuhiko TANIGAWA:
Can you talk us through the latest technical and instrumental developments for NOTES in Japan?

New reading suggestions: please check our update!

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:

October 3-4, 2008 Only option A is available

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

First International Symposium and Advanced Course in NOTES at ASIA IRCAD - TAIWAN Training Center:
From Endoluminal to Transluminal Surgery
September 10-12, 2008
For further details, click here

Due to the enormous success of the first four 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)

12 European CME credits (ECMEC) are also available. These credits have been provided by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).


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
WeBSurg Editor-in-Chief

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