European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and other Interventional Techniques

EAES Wintermeeting 2019


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, focussed 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 were 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 performed 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 opened a window to the present and future of training and education perspectives in the digital era.

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

Thank you all for attending.

We hope to see you back in Sevilla, Spain from 12 to 15 June 2019 for our annual congress EAES 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

Welcome ceremony of the Wintermeeting of the EAES at the Royal Academy of Medicine of Sevilla
Venue: Royal Academy of Medicine, Street Abades, 10-12. Sevilla

20.00 -20.05 Welcome message – Excmo. Sr. Prof. Dr. D. J Castiñeira
New trends in minimally invasive surgery

Chairman: Dr. S. Morales Conde

20.05 – 20.20 Past, present and future of the concept of minimally invasiveness 
  Prof. H.J. Bonjer
  Comments: Prof. Dr. J.L. Balibrea Cantero
20.20 – 21.05 Past, present and future of the concept of robotic and artificial intelligence
  Prof. Jacques Marescaux
  Comments: Prof. Dr. J. Padillo Ruiz
  Final comments: Prof. M.A. Cuesta Valentin
21.05 – 21.30 Closing remarks
  President of the Royal Academy of Sevilla
  Excmo. Sr. Prof. Dr. D. J Castiñeira










Friday, 8th February 2019
The evolution of minimally invasiveness through technology

Session 1: How technology reshaped treatment

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

08.30 – 08.45 Esophago-gastric diseases – Silvana Perretta (France)
08.45 – 09.00 Rectal cancer – Luigi Boni (Italy)
09.00 – 09.15 Bariatrics – Nicole Bouvy (The Netherlands)
09.15 – 09.30 Cholecystectomy – Michele Diana (France)
09.30 – 09.45 Abdominal wall – Salvador Morales Conde (Spain)
09.45 – 10.00  Discussion
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break

Live surgery

Live surgery from 4 simultaneous operating rooms

Chairs: Alberto Arezzo (Italy) and Eduardo Targarona Soler (Spain)

10.30 – 10.45 Innovation in Endoscopic approach for surgical procedures
Endo-sleeve – Dra. S. Perretta
10.45 – 11.30 Innovation in Surgical Approach and Image     
  Transoral approach for thyroid – Dr. R. Zorrón
11.30 – 12.00 Innovation in image-guided surgery and instruments
Right colonic resection with lymphadenectomy by ICG and intracorporal anastomosis with flexible instruments – Dr. S. Morales Conde
12.00 – 12.30 ‘Master in action’
  Laparoscopic left colonic resection with the latest technological contributions – Dr. Y Panis
12.30 – 13.30 Innovation in instruments and image
  Antireflux surgery with robotized instrumentation – Dr. A. Szold
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

Session 2: The evolution of training & education

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

15.00 – 15.15 From textbook to serious gaming – Marlies Schijven (The Netherlands)
15.15 – 15.30 From cadavers to 3D models – Beat Müller (Germany)
15.30 – 15.45 Social media to increase educational impacts – Amir Szold (Israel)
15.45 – 16.00 Robotic surgery as a tool to improve training and education – Eloy Espin (Spain)
16.00 Closing of the EAES Wintermeeting

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