Medical Practice Technical Challenges

Laparoscopy & Robotics

Minimal Invasive Surgery in General Surgery [Module 2]

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September 15th 2023 - December 15th 2023
Carlos Vaz (MD)
In the field of General Surgery, the most relevant technical improvement in the last 100 years was the emergence of laparoscopic surgery in the 1980s and robotic surgery already in the 21st century. Despite the great advances achieved, this technical progress is not widespread yet - indeed, almost all surgical procedures in several fields, including surgical oncology, are performed by minimally invasive approach in centres of excellence only.

The course Minimally Invasive Surgery in General Surgery: Laparoscopy and Robotics, with two modules, It aims to bring together the most experienced and renowned laparoscopic and robotic world-class surgeons in a state-of-the-art forum, with the ultimate goal of meeting training needs in this area.

Module 2 is entirely practical and will be carried out with small groups, on the basis of flexible schedules. It includes: personal orientation training and solo free training, with endotrainer and laparoscopic/robotic simulator; and follow-up of surgical procedures in hospital environment. Attendance of Module 1 is a precondition for enrolment in Module 2.
General surgeons (or its subspecialties) and residents of general surgery who wish to develop and/or improve their knowledge and experience in this area.
  1. To know and to be able to use the main equipment and surgical instruments and devices available for laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
  2. To know and to be able to describe the risks and dangers associated with the equipment and surgical instruments and devices used in laparoscopic and robotic surgery; to know how to prevent such risks and mitigate them should they materialize.
  3. To be able to perform with self-sufficiency the tasks consigned for training in the "gymnasium of videoendoscopic surgery" and observed in the surgical procedures followed:
    • Laparoscopy: suture, dissection, camera control, spatial orientation, instrument selection and handling, ports placement, patient positioning;
    • Robotics: all the aforementioned for laparoscopy, control console commands, docking, compensation training of the loss of haptic feedback by visual perception.
  • General Surgery (or General Surgery sub-specialties) consultant
  • General Surgery resident
  • Attendance to Module 1