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WeBSurg and EATS Newsletter March 2009

This month, we are pleased to release 4 brand-new HD videos that you will be able to download for 9.95€ or 14.95$ only per video! We are also publishing 12 new videos showing different surgical procedures, along with 3 lectures on the basics of laparoscopic general surgery (conventional instrumentation and micro-instrumentation, electrosurgery, port placement and ways of access)!

We are also happy to present a new critical analysis; this month, it is the video "Minimally invasive video-assisted parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism" by M. Vix and J. Marescaux, reviewed by P. Miccoli (IT).

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 (January 16-17, 2009) and is available on the EATS website:
For more information on NOTES, please click on the EATS section of the Newsletter.

4 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 re-operation for severe dysphagia following fundoplication and prosthetic reinforcement of the hiatus (18 min 25)
  • Laparoscopic treatment for genitourinary prolapse (24 min)
  • Laparoscopic proctectomy with ileoanal anastomosis for inflammatory bowel disease (14 min)
  • Left pheochromocytoma: laparoscopic vascular approach (11 min 40)


12 new videos this month!

General and digestive surgery:

  • Totally laparoscopic duodenal pancreatectomy for cancer
  • A technical guide to safe laparoscopic lysis of adhesions
  • Laparoscopic partial fundoplication after lung transplant in a patient with severe esophageal motility disorders (scleroderma)
  • Stepwise approach for laparoscopic treatment of retrocaecal appendicitis

Clinical cases:

  • Laparoscopic management of gangrenous perforated cholecystitis
  • Endoscopic sphincterotomy for residual choledocholithiasis in a patient with a Billroth II gastrectomy

Tips 'n Tricks:

  • Laparoscopic pelvic reperitonization after abdominoperineal resection in a female patient 
  • TME for rectal cancer: laparoscopic dissection of the "Holy Plane" using 3-directional (3D) retraction

Gynecologic surgery:

  • Laparoscopic resection of deep endometriotic nodule for pelvic pain, left hydronephrosis and renal function impairment
  • Laparoscopic management of broad ligament myoma

 Endocrine surgery:

  • Left hemithyroidectomy by video-assisted neck surgery
  • Minimally invasive video-assisted parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism

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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:

"Minimally invasive video-assisted parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism" - M Vix, J Marescaux (FR)

The critic:

P Miccoli (IT)

3 new lectures on some standards of laparoscopic general surgery!

Laparoscopic general surgery:

  • Conventional laparoscopic instrumentation and micro-instruments  - D Mutter (FR)
  • Electrosurgery and ultrasonic dissections - D Mutter (FR)
  • Positioning of trocars: transperitoneal and/or retroperitoneal access - J Leroy (FR)

Training centers in minimally invasive surgery

European training center: the IRCAD-EITS in Strasbourg

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.

To find out more about the center, see the course calendar or register for one of the courses, please click here.

Asian training center: the ASIA IRCAD in Taiwan

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.

To find out more about the center, see the course calendar or register for one of the courses, please click here.

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:

  • 24th Annual EAU Congress, Stockholm, Sweden (March 17-21, 2009)

  • 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)

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

This month's new scientific contents on NOTES!

We are glad to share our online NOTES with more than 1700 members! Following the 7th NOTES Advanced Course that took place last January 16-17, 2009, we are delighted to share new media with you.

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.

New Editorial on "Education and e-training in NOTES" available to our members

Dear EATS members,

This month and exclusively on the EATS website, we are pleased to share with you an editorial on education and e-training in NOTES, authored by Bernard DALLEMAGNE, Silvana PERRETTA and Jacques MARESCAUX.

"Great surgeon equals great (i.e. large) incisions"... Old surgical principles such as this one have sometimes stood in the way of major advancements, sparking debates and controversies. Following two years of NOTES, how is the technique evolving, and should training be offered at a time when NOTES is still rarely applied to the clinical setting?

here to read the article

Our March 2009 EATS issue:

2 New lectures:

  • NOTES and colorectal resections - J Leroy (FR)
  • TEM-assisted endoscopic rectosigmoid resection - P Sylla (US)

1 New film live from the experimental lab:

  • NOTES: transrectal and transcolonic accesses - P Sylla (US)

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:
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 click here for the EATS or here for WeBSurg.

Yours faithfully,

President of IRCAD/EITS
President of EATS
WeBSurg Editor-in-Chief

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