Hands-on Courses

All hands on courses will take place on Saturday, 15th June 2019. Participation only possible in combination with registration for the core congress.

HO1. Flexible Endoscopy

Course directors: Silvana Perretta (France), Yoav Mintz (Israel)

Faculty: James Ellsmere (Canada), Alberto Arezzo (Italy), Antonello Forgione (Italy), Pietro Riva (Italy), Maurizio Fazi (Italy), Andras Legner (Austria), Aurora Pryor (USA), Mauro Verra (Italy), Andrea Spota (France)

Assistant: Agnès Gronfier (France)

Time: 09.00 – 17.00

This is an advanced, therapeutic course and diagnostic experience is requested.
Number of participants:
20 (based on a first come, first served basis)

For more information about the content of this course click here.

HO2. Ultrasound

Course directors: Calin Tiu (Romania), Andreas Melzer (Germany)

Faculty: Vasile Bintintan (Romania), Stavros Antoniou (Greece), Ciprian Duta (Romania) Valeriu Surlin (Romania),

Eugenia Yiannakopoulou (Greece), Bogdan Socea (Romania), Alexandru Carap (Romania)

Time; 09.00 – 17.00

Number of participants: 24 (based on a first come, first served basis)


  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Guide Punctures
  • eFAST (Trauma)

Special notice: Course participants will perform abdominal ultrasound on each other. An informed consent to participate in the course will be required in order to begin. If for any reason you do not agree to have a participant perform ultrasound on you please do not register for this course.

HO3. Laparoscopic Bile Duct Exploration – Choledochoscopy 

Course directors: Ahmad H. Nassar (UK), Jaime Vilaça (Portugal)

Time; 09.00 – 17.00

Number of participants: 18 (based on a first come, first served basis)

Course 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 1250 Laparoscopic bile duct explorations.

Kindly supported by KARL STORZ