European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and other Interventional Techniques

EAES Wintermeeting 2022


Since its introduction in the late 1980s, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has revolutionised the way we operate our patients. Simple rod lenses and slender biopsy forceps turned into sophisticated video cameras and energy-based instruments enabling more complex procedures. Once the advantages of MIS using these simple technologies were fully understood, surgeons and engineers began developing new techniques, introducing new technologies and opening the horizon for better patient care. Over the last four decades, we have witnessed an exponential growth of medical devices directed towards improving our capabilities in MIS and transforming it into the procedure of choice for many operations.

The development of HD cameras, 3D visualisation, and the integration of real time advanced imaging capabilities such as intraoperative ultrasound, fluorescence imaging, and hyperspectral imaging, have enabled surgeons to visualise the operative field even better than the naked eye. These capabilities overcame the disadvantages due to the lack of palpation, even contributing to better results when performing open surgery with these image guided surgery capabilities.

Stapling technology enabled quick and safe anastomosis creation, driving forward gastrointestinal surgery such as morbid obesity enabling more patients to be operated, with shorter hospitalisations and a reduction in complications due to their comorbidities.

Advanced energy devices shifted simple clipping and suturing into faster and more reliable dissecting capabilities, as well as enabling meticulous lymph node dissection. This led to comparable oncologic resection capabilities to open surgery enabling oncologic patients to benefit from the advantages of MIS.

The introduction of robotic assisted surgery has shifted more procedures from open surgery to the MIS approach being performed by more surgeons with more patients benefiting from MIS. Pushing the envelope further, using robotic platforms, single incision surgery is more feasible, allowing for MIS to become even less invasive.

Medical device innovation is on a “fast-forward drive” driving MIS into a better future with less invasive procedures, a safer profile and improved patient outcomes. We as surgeons and surgical staff, must stay on top of these quickly shifting technologies – either as users or as critics. In order to continue to provide the best possible care, we must navigate the influx of technology offered to us, selecting those that are truly necessary, and positively impacting patient outcomes.

We invite you to view the 2022 EAES Wintermeeting online, where new technologies will be presented by experts in their fields. The meeting started with presentations of technologies coming to the operating room in the near future, continued with technologies on the horizon, and concluded with a frank and vibrant session about technologies used today – Do they really make a difference in patient outcome?

Yoav Mintz
Chair EAES technology committee

Innovations in surgery – from lab to OR

Session 1. Surgical technologies in the near future
Chairs: Alberto Arezzo (Italy), Piotr Myśliwiec (Poland)
1.  Wide view laparoscopic camera – Yoav Mintz (Israel)
2.  A novel visualisation system – Luigi Boni (Italy)
3.  Telestration in MIS – Felix Nickel (Germany)
4.  Augmented reality for laparoscopy – Francisco Sánchez-Margallo (Spain)
5.  3D printed patient specific organs – how close we are to life-like tissues simulation – Stefania Marconi (Italy)
6.  Turning 2D to 3D in a simple way for laparoscopy and flexible endoscopy – Pietro Mascagni (France)

Session 2. Surgical technologies on the horizon
Chairs: Luigi Manfredi (UK), Wanda Petz (Italy)
1.  Advancements in soft interventional robotics – Fanny Ficuciello (Italy)
2.  AI-based cognitive aids for bile duct injury prevention – Pietro Mascagni (France)
3.  AI for standardisation of measurements in MIS – Chen Sagiv (Israel)
4.  Flexible robots for intraluminal surgery – Alberto Arezzo (Italy)
5.  Cognitive robotic camera control – Martin Wagner (Germany)

Session 3. Do new technologies make an impact on patient outcome?
Chairs: Felix Nickel (Germany), Hans Fuchs (Germany)
1.  Are flexible handheld devices better than standard rigid instruments – Juan Alberto Sánchez-Margallo (Spain)
2.  Does robotic surgery provide better patient outcome in general surgery – Manish Chand (UK)
3.  Does training improve patient outcome? The European experience – Ludovica Baldari (Italy)
4.  Does simulation improve patient outcome? – Mark Coleman (UK)
5.  Does 3D/4K improve patient outcome? – Hans Fuchs (Germany)
6.  Is patient – surgeon video consultation prior to major surgery the same as face-to-face consultation? – Esther Barsom (The Netherlands)

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The EAES 2022 Wintermeeting - on demand available now

The recorded lectures of the 2022 edition of the EAES Wintermeeting. Offered to you by the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery. A morning full of lectures about the latest technology in endoscopic surgery. ‘Innovations in surgery – from lab to OR’.