All masterclasses will take place on Wednesday, 12th June 2019. Participation only possible in combination with registration for the core congress.

MC1. EAES Research talent academy (workshop academic writing – reviewing)

Course directors:  Sheraz Markar (UK), Stavros Antoniou (Greece), Nader Francis (UK)
10:00 - 12:30Morning session
10:00 - 10:15Introduction - Sheraz Markar (UK)
10:15 - 10:45Development and implementation of Surgical RCTs - (Specialty Bariatrics)
10:45 - 11:15Formation of national audit and cohort investigations - Mark Van Berge Henegouwen (The Netherlands) (Specialty UGI cancer)
11:15 - 11:45Qualitative clinical research - Jeremy Huddy (UK) (Specialty Colorectal)
11:45 - 12:30Writing for high quality publication - Jessamy Bagenal (UK) (Senior Medical Editor for Lancet)
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 17:00Afternoon session Study design and development of Talent academy with mentors by subject area:
Group A Colorectal; Mentors: Nader Francis (UK) & Jeremy Huddy (UK)
Group B UGI; Mentors: Sheraz Markar (UK) & Mark Van Berge Henegouwen (The Netherlands)
Group C HPB; Mentors: Dejan Ignjatovic (Norway), Carmen Balagué Ponz (Spain)
Group D; Emergency or innovation; Mentors Eugenia Yiannakopoulou (Greece), Pierpaolo Sileri (Italy)

Please note that you need to be invited for this course, you cannot register for this course. More information will follow.

MC2. New trends in minimally invasive abdominal wall surgery (joint with EHS)

Course directors: Salvador Morales Conde (Spain), Filip Muysoms (Belgium)


  • An update on new trends in minimally invasive abdominal wall reconstruction


  • Recognize and define why surgeons has changed their practices in MIS abdominal wall surgery.
  • Acquire the necessary know-how on how to carry out the different procedures described in the literature recently
  • Discuss the management of complex hernias by their size and location based on the concept of abdominal wall reconstruction
08:45 - 09:25An overview of MIS for ventral hernias
08:45 - 09:05From Lap IPOM to MIS abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR); Why? - Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)
09:05 - 09:25Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)
09:25 - 10:25Useful knowledge for minimal invasive AWR
09:25 - 09:45Anatomy to understand MIS AWR
09:45 - 10:05SAGES fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery
10:05 - 10:25What mesh, what fixation for MIS AWR?
10:25 - 10:55Coffee break
10:55 - 12:10MIS - New techniques and approaches for MIS repair of midline ventral hernias
10:55 - 11:10MILOS
11:10 - 11:25e-TEP
11:25 - 11:40LIRA - Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)
11:40 - 11:55Sublay repair
11:55 - 12:10Preperitoneal dissection for rectus diastasis
12:10 - 13:00ROBOTIC - New techniques and approaches for MIS repair of midline ventral
12:10 - 12:25Robotic IPOM
12:25 - 12:40Robotic TAPP (preperitoneal repair)
12:40 - 13:00Lateral single dock robotic retromuscular rTARUP - Filip Muysoms (Belgium)
13:00 - 13:45Lunch
13:45 - 15:45Complex cases and MIS AWR - component separation and alternatives
13:45 - 14:00Anterior vs posterior component separation: a critical analysis and physio pathologic impact
14:00 - 14:15Anterior component separation; endoscopic subcutaneous CS
14:15 - 14:30Anterior component separation; Endoscopic Retro-oblique CS
14:30 - 14:45Posterior component separation; Laparoscopic TAR - Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)
14:45 - 15:00Posterior component separation; e-TEP Access for TAR
15:00 - 15:15Advantages of robotic surgery for component separation
15:15 - 15:30Peritoneal flap technique for wide incisional hernias
15:30 - 15:45Botox to avoid component separation
15:45 - 16:15Coffee break
16:15 - 17:30Lateral hernias and hernias in complex locations; Role of MIS AWR
16:15 - 16:30Options for parastomal hernias
16:30 - 16:45Parastomal hernias in the context of AWR
16:45 - 17:00Suprapubic hernias - Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)
17:00 - 17:15Spigelian hernias - Filip Muysoms (Belgium)
17:15 - 17:30TAR for lateral hernias
17:30Closing remarks - Filip Muysoms (Belgium), Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)

MC3. Ta-TME: Transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer

Course director: Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
  • At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • understand the surgical indications and limits of performing a transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
  • recall the operative room set up and patient positioning, the recommended instruments and surgical devices
  • recognize the anatomical landmarks of pelvic surgery and describe the key surgical steps of a
  • transanal total mesorectal excision for cancer
  • know the most common technical pitfalls and how to troubleshoot them
  • know the common surgical complications, how to avoid them and how to deal with them
  • describe the requirements to start a transanal total mesorectal excision program at their institution
  • be optimally prepared to participate to a practical taTME cadaver course and attend a mentoring programme
09.30 - 10.00Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:05Course outline & objectives - Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10:05 - 10:20An overview of rectal cancer surgery; current evidence - Nicolas Buchs (Switzerland)
10:20 - 10:40Rationale, indications, and benefits of ta-TME - Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
10:40 - 11:00The perfect operation: operative room setup, devices, and instruments - Frederic Ris (Switzerland)
11:00 - 11:20The perfect operation: surgical technique step by step - Antonino Spinelli (Italy)
11:20 - 11:40The less than perfect operation: pitfalls and complications - Jurriaan Tuynman (The Netherlands)
11:40 - 12:00Discussion - all faculty
12.00 - 13.00Lunch
13:00 - 13:20Pelvic anatomy revisited / pelvic nerve preservation - Isacco Montroni (Italy)
13:20 - 13:40Beyond cancer: other indications for the transanal approach - Jurriaan Tuynman (The Netherlands)
13:40 - 14:25Unedited videos - all faculty
14:25 - 14:45Introducing Ta-TME at home: advice and tricks of the trade - Marta Penna (UK)
14:45 - 15:00Discussion - all faculty
15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 - 15:45Practical course and post course mentoring program - Michel Adamina (Switzerland)
15:45 - 16:10Discussion - all faculty
16:10 - 16:20Course evaluation and certificate
16:20 - 16:30Closure

MC4. FUSE project theoretical (principles of electro surgery)

Course director: Pascal Fuchshuber (USA)

About FUSE: The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) developed the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy™ (FUSE) program to meet the need for increased education and training in the principles and properties of operating electrosurgical instruments safely. FUSE consists of an interactive, web-based, multimedia-enhanced, didactic curriculum and a computer-based, multiple-choice assessment to certify knowledge.

For additional information about the FUSE Program, please visit:

15:00 - 15:15Introduction - Pascal Fuchshuber (USA)
15:15 - 15:35Fundamental principles of radiofrequency electro surgery - Amin Madani (Canada)
15:35 - 15:50Electrosurgical safety in laparoscopy - Pascal Fuchshuber (USA)
15:50 - 16:10Monopolar devices - Manuel Sanchez Casalongue (Argentina)
16:10 - 16:25Bipolar devices - Yoav Mintz (Israel)
16:25 - 16:45Implantable devices and electro surgery
16:45 - 17:00Discussion panel: Pascal Fuchshuber, Amin Madani, Manuel Sanchez Casalongue, Yoav Mintz
17:00 - 17:15Closure

Note: FUSE faculty will also run the hands on part in the FUSE booth on Thursday and Friday

International test takers residing outside of the United States may now take the FUSE assessment at Kryterion authorized Test Centers worldwide (1,000+ global locations).
For a list of current Kryterion Test Centers, including those in Europe, please visit:

Click here to download the FUSE promotional flyer on international testing.