Hands on courses

All masterclasses will take place on Tuesday and Friday, 11th and 14th June 2023. Participation only possible in combination with registration for the core congress. For prices, check the registration page.
Entry level: resident in training.

Tuesday 11th June 2024

HO1 Flexible Endoscopy
Course director: Silvana Perretta (France)
Assistant: Agnès Gronfier (France)
Tutors: Maurizio Fazi (Italy), Ludovica Guerriero (Italy), Andras Legner (Austria), Pietro Riva (Italy), Gadi Marom (Israel), Margherita Pizzicannella (Italy), Pietro Mascagni (Italy), James Ellsmere (Canada), Rita Rodriguez Luna (France)
Room: MECC @ table
09.00 – 17.00 hrs
Only 20 places available

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the value and indications of preoperative endoscopy
  • Become familiar with the endoscopic management of common gastro-intestinal surgery complications such as bleeding, perforations, leaks and fistula
  • Understand indications and basic steps of EMR, ESD and POEM in a controlled and supervised setting
  • Become familiar with endoscopic suturing techniques for morbid obesity and GERD
  • Understand the indications and basic steps of ERCP and biliary endoscopy

HO2 Laparoscopic suturing – beginner (sponsored by Karl Storz)
Course director: Thomas Carus (Germany)
Room: Rome 0.8
10.00 – 13.00 hrs
Only 20 places available

Course outline:

  • Demonstration of instruments for laparoscopic suturing
  • Basic knot 1: laparoscopic surgical knot
  • Basic knot 2: laparoscopic slip knot
  • Basic suture: laparoscopic running suture
  • Demonstration of stapling instruments

HO3 Laparoscopic suturing – beginner and advanced (sponsored by Karl Storz)
Course director: Thomas Carus (Germany)
Room: Rome 0.8
14.30 – 17.30 hrs
Only 20 places available

Course outline:

  • Perforation closure with laparoscopic slip knot
  • Laparoscopic closure of a linear defect
  • Segment resection: laparoscopic hand-sewn end-end anastomosis
  • Segment resection laparoscopic end-end anastomosis with circular stapler
  • Laparoscopic end-side anastomosis in combined hand-sewn / stapler technique

HO4 Laparoscopic bile duct exploration Choledochoscopy (sponsored by Karl Storz)
Course director: Ahmad Nassar (UK)
Tutors: Jaime Vilaça (Portugal), Tarek Katbeh (UK), Louis Carvalho (Belgium)
Room: Washington 0.15
09.00 – 17.00 hrs
Only 18 places available

Objectives: Advanced procedure–based course highlighting the technical and logistical aspects of one session laparoscopic exploration of the bile duct. A course designed for consultants and senior trainees with the skills of routine and emergency laparoscopic cholecystectomy who may already have experience with intra-operative cholangiography. The candidates are made familiar with the technical aspects through short interactive talks. The course has a major practical hands-on component with opportunity to practice cholangiography, trans-cystic duct cannulation and exploration, choledochotomy exploration and methods of biliary drainage. There will be emphasis on the handling and optimal use of 3mm & 5mm choledochoscopes. Well-designed animal tissue models allow for task repetition and skills development and consolidation. Adequate time is dedicated to detailed discussions of technical aspects utilising extensive video material selected from 1430 Laparoscopic bile duct explorations.


Friday 14th June 2024

HO5 Advanced laparoscopic skills
Course director: Nicole Bouvy (The Netherlands), Mahdi Al-Taher (UAE)
Tutors: Kevin Wevers (The Netherlands), Tim Lubbers (The Netherlands), Nariaki Okamoto (Japan)
Location: MUMC – Proefdierlab
09.00 – 17.00 hrs
Only 12 places available

Residents, specialists and consultants looking to advance their surgical skills (first come, first served)
The course will be held at the laparoscopy training facilities of the Maastricht University Medical Center, where the surgery procedures will be trained on living porcine models.

The course provides, among others:

  • Maximum laboratory time to practice a wide range of basic to advanced laparoscopic skills
  • Hands-on practical sessions on a variety of laparoscopic procedures (open/closed introduction, cholecystectomy, appendectomy, perforated viscus, stapled anastomosis, hernia repair)
  • Opportunity of using advanced surgical energy devices
  • Expert guidance to address a variety of topics in laparoscopic surgery
  • Personal feedback
  • Opportunity to view different applications with Introduction to advanced intraoperative imaging techniques and state of the art surgical instrumentation

Programme outline:
08.00 – 08.30     Arrival and registration at the Maastricht University Medical Center, conference room Department of Surgery
08.30 – 09.00     Introduction and meet & greet of faculty and course participants
09.15 – 12.30     Hands-on practice of basic laparoscopy skills
12.30 – 13.00     Lunch break
13.00 – 16.30     Advanced laparoscopy skills (stapling, energy devices, anastomotic creation etc.)
16.30 – 17.30     Debrief and farewell drinks