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WeBSurg and EATS Newsletter January 2009

Happy new year and welcome to the first newsletter of 2009!

On this occasion, we are pleased to release a set of live interventions filmed during the last advanced course in digestive surgery at the IRCAD-EITS (November 27-29, 2008); 3 of those are HD videos that you will be able to download for 9.95€ or 14.95$ only per video! We are also publishing 10 new videos showing different surgical procedures, along with 3 lectures in colorectal surgery and
expert interviews in various fields of laparoscopic surgery!

We are also happy to present a new critical analysis; this month it is the video "Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for acute diverticulitis (Hinchey stage IIb)" by J. Leroy and J. Marescaux, reviewed by P. Ambrosetti (CH).

In NOTES, we have new media recorded live at the IRCAD-EITS for our EATS members. The media was shot during the last advanced course in NOTES (October 3-4, 2008) and is available on the EATS website:
For more information on NOTES, please click on the EATS section of the Newsletter. 

A Renewed Recognition of the IRCAD as a Model of Excellence by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, January 9, 2009!

During the inauguration of Strasbourg’s New University Hospital, the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, entrusted Professor Jacques Marescaux, the IRCAD President, with the task of reforming the French University Hospitals.

Please click
here to view video of the event

WeBSurg's 2008 Activity Report: From strength to strength!

Over the past year, the evolution of the WeBSurg program has been absolutely outstanding. 2008 marks the availability of WeBSurg in other languages such as Spanish and Chinese. In addition, HD videos and a version of WeBSurg suitable for iPhones have been introduced. 

WeBSurg totals more than 70,200 active members with an average of 3,500 new members every month. As an example, this newsletter is now sent to 105,000 valid email addresses. In 2008, WeBSurg was seen by surgeons 1,200,000 times.

Distribution of visits breaks down as follows: North America (36%), Europe (35%),  Asia (23%), Africa (5%), and Oceania (1%).

3 new HD videos available for download

Thanks to the new HD links between Strasbourg's New University Hospital and the IRCAD-EITS Training Centre, we are able to offer our WeBSurg members a selection of High Definition videos for download.

Due to the high costs of running such a HD service, the downloads are available for a small fee of 9.95€ or 14.95$ only for each video.

Try them now and prepare for immersive surgery!

Please click here to access the list of these videos

  •  Laparoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy and myotomy (30 min)

  •  Laparoscopic stepwise repair of a giant hiatal hernia (20 min)

  •  Laparoscopic enucleation of a pancreatic insulinoma (19 min)

10 New videos, 6 procedures as shown during an IRCAD-EITS course

6 live procedures in GI surgery (shown during Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Digestive Surgery, November 27-29, 2008):

  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass in a super-obese male patient (BMI = 54)

  • Using laparoscopic TAPP approach for type IV Nyhus right inguinal hernia

  • Totally laparoscopic right colectomy for T3, N+, M0 stenotic adenocarcinoma

  • Laparoscopic left colectomy for cancer in a male patient after failure of endoscopic approach

  • Laparoscopic TAPP approach for a Nyhus IIIb inguinal hernia in a male patient

  • Laparoscopic TEP repair for right direct inguinal hernia

Pediatric surgery:

  • Retroperitoneoscopic heminephrectomy for a non-functioning upper moiety with a previously punctured ureterocele in the bladder

Gynecologic surgery:

  • Laparoscopic transabdominal cervicoisthmic cerclage (LTCC) during pregnancy: the new operative "Soo" procedure

  •  Laparoscopic tubal anastomosis

Urological surgery:

  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: the University of California Irvine Technique

New Lectures in laparoscopic colorectal surgery!

Laparoscopic colorectal surgery:

  • Laparoscopic low anterior resection (LAR): step by step technique on standardization - SH Kim (KR)

  • Minimally invasive colectomy: where do we go now? - E Dozois (US)

  • Laparoscopic colectomy for colon cancer - How are we doing? - E Dozois (US)

New Expert Interviews in Laparoscopic colorectal surgery and this month's Critical Analysis

Critical analysis:

Try the critical analysis section to explore the many ways and varying techniques of different experts. Some of the world's leading experts are shown an already published WeBSurg video and their reactions are recorded: the result is a dynamic video in which the viewer is given the thoughts of different authors on a very visual technique.

This month's film:

"Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for acute diverticulitis (Hinchey stage IIb)" - J Leroy, J Marescaux (FR)

The critic:

P Ambrosetti (CH)

 Interviews in laparoscopic colorectal surgery:

  • E Dozois (US)

  • SH Kim (KR)

IRCAD-EITS Strasbourg: 2009 course calendar

Click here and register for one of the courses

CME accreditation is provided for all the courses that will be held at the IRCAD-EITS in Strasbourg: AMA Category 1 credits™, MAINCERT as well as European CME credits (ECMEC) will be delivered.

ASIA IRCAD - TAIWAN: 2009 course calendar

Click here and register for one of the courses

CME accreditation is provided for all the courses that will be held at the ASIA IRCAD in Taiwan: AMA Category 1 credits™ and MAINCERT credits will be delivered.

Upcoming conferences in 2009

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

  • 2009 SAGES Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, USA (April 22-25, 2009)

  • 17th International Congress of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), Prague, Czech Republic (June 17-20, 2009)

  • 95th Annual Clinical Congress of the ACS, Chicago, Illinois, USA (October 11-15, 2009)

Would you like to feature on WeBSurg? Contribute your videos to the most visited surgical website

WeBSurg now has more than 100,000 registered members and provides charge-free educational contents to its members. WeBSurg is a unique opportunity to have your work and Institution broadcasted internationally.

If you wish to send us some videos, please click here for instructions.

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

2009: EATS celebrates the new year!

A new year and new hopes that NOTES will make significant advances for the benefit of all. We begin the year 2009 with the interviews of two leading experts on the future of NOTES in colorectal surgery, and a video on gastric lymphatic mapping.

Make sure you browse the EATS website and view all the new NOTES material!

Register now for the next NOTES courses at the IRCAD-EITS in Strasbourg and/or at the ASIA-IRCAD in Taiwan to be held in 2009

Find the NOTES course programs to be held at IRCAD-EITS and registration details
Find the NOTES course programs to be held at ASIA IRCAD - Taiwan and registration details here.

Our January 2009 EATS issue:

2 New experts interviews:

  • E Dozois (US)

  • SH Kim (KR)


New video:

Gastric lymphatic mapping for sentinel node biopsy by natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) - RA Cahill, M Asakuma, S Perretta, B Dallemagne, J Marescaux.

New reading suggestions
Updated monthly
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 and ASIA IRCAD!

Calendar for 2009 NOTES courses at IRCAD-EITS:
January 16-17, 2009
March 06-07, 2009
October 02-03, 2009

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

Click here to sign up

Calendar for 2009 NOTES courses at ASIA IRCAD - Taiwan:
July 3-4, 2009
November 20-21, 2009

Click here for further information

Due to the enormous success of the first six 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 forms.


Your opinion matters!

We value your opinion and are receptive to comments and suggestions! 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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