Past, present and future of the concept of minimally invasiveness

In the last decades technological innovations such as mobile phones or internet radically changed our life. Technology became the myth of the new millennium and the “relianceon new technologies increases day by day.

The relationship between surgery and technology represents a major role in the future of our profession.

More than 30 years after its introduction into clinical practice the Technology Committee, this year, proposes to revisit the concept of minimally invasiveness and the role technology plays in its evolution. The history of the advances in the application of the different technologies through the decades will be analysed. Numerous new technologies are proposed to surgeons and introduced into clinical practice every year, in many cases after a very limited evaluation. The clinical and economic consequences of this phenomenon and the role of surgeons in managing it, represent one of the major challenges we are facing.

The 2019 EAES Wintermeeting, a tradition conceived by Prof. Gerhard Buess, will focus on how technology reshaped the treatment in the several areas of general surgery, such as upper and lower GI surgery as well as abdominal wall surgery. The highlight of the Wintermeeting this year will be live demonstrations using new technologies in the different districts, to burst discussion on their actual benefit and need and of course, their possible improvements. Expert surgeons and key opinion leaders will perform routine surgical procedures using state-of-the-art technologies, such as robotics, hand-held robotics, fluorescence imaging, 3D vision, and more. Moreover, lectures will focus on the evolution of training & education analysing the role of artificial intelligence, social media channels and robotic technology for their improvement. Keynote speakers will open a window to the present and future of training and education perspectives in the digital era.

The program will be opened in the evening by a lecture at the Royal Academy of Medicine of Sevilla, by EAES president Jaap Bonjer.

If you want to get an update about the evolution of minimally invasiveness through technology, then the 2019 Wintermeeting is an event you should not miss!

Costs are €50 per person, including lunch. If you want us to keep you updated on the program and registration, please send a mail to: congress@eaes.eu.

We hope to see you in Sevilla, Spain on the 7th and 8th February 2019.

Yoav Mintz, Carlos Moreno Sanz, Francisco Sánchez Margallo & Mark Coleman
Chairs of the Technology Wintermeeting 2019

Alberto Arezzo
Chair of the Technology Committee

Salvador Morales Conde
Chair of the meeting


Location: Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Av. Manuel Siurot, s/n, 41013 Sevilla, Spain

Thursday, 7th February 2019

20.30 – 21.00 Lecture: Past, present and future of the concept of minimally invasiveness – Jaap Bonjer (The Netherlands)

Friday, 8th February 2019

Theme: The evolution of minimally invasiveness through technology

Session 1: How technology reshaped treatment

Chairs: Yoav Mintz (Israel) and Carlos Moreno Sanz (Spain)

08.30 - 08.50Esophago-gastric diseases - Silvana Perretta (France)
08.50 - 09.10Rectal cancer - Luigi Boni (Italy)
09.10 - 09.30 Bariatrics - Nicole Bouvy (The Netherlands)
09.30 - 09.50Cholecystectomy - Michele Diana (France)
09.50 - 10.10Abdominal wall - Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)
10.10 - 10.30Coffee Break
10.30 - 13.30Live surgery - moderator Alberto Arezzo (Italy)
13.30 - 14.30Lunch

Session 2: The evolution of training & education

Chairs: Francisco Sanchez Margallo (Spain) and Mark Coleman (UK)

14.30 - 14.45 From textbook to serious gaming - Marlies Schijven (The Netherlands)
14.45 - 15.00 From cadavers to 3D models - Beat Müller (Germany)
15.00 - 15.15 Social media to increase educational impacts - Amir Szold (Israel)
15.15 - 15.30 Robotic surgery as a tool to improve training and education - Eloy Espin (Spain)
15.30Closing Remarks