From 11th to 13th May 2017, the European Chapter of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) held the joint 2nd Mediterranean Obesity Surgery Summit (MOSS) and the Bariatric and Metabolic Live Surgery Symposium. Advanced laparoscopic techniques for primary and revision operations were performed live, followed by master sessions on surgical and endoscopic techniques, revisional procedures, and results in metabolic surgery.
Advances In Surgery Channel (AIS) was selected to speak about our commitment to bariatric training. The presentation given by Dr Martin-Perez highlighted the world achievements of AIS Channel in Bariatric Surgery training last year. AIS Channel has been consolidated as a key reference for bariatric training worldwide. AIS has broadcast live bariatric procedures performed by international surgeons where viewers could interact directly with the surgeons through the live chat. Robotic banded bypass and sleeved gastric bypass were demonstrated as innovative techniques. Revisional techniques were extensively addressed, from both the surgical and the endoscopic approaches: conversion of sleeve gastrectomy to gastric bypass, surgical management after failed laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass, and endoscopic revision on a Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass stoma dilation. Two live events were devoted to the training of young surgeons, with step-by-step procedures. An average of 12.000 viewers from over 100 countries have followed each live event. The interest aroused by the presentation of our online-based training model reflects the enthusiasm of the surgical community for the implementation of new technologies in the service of education. The possibility of live interaction with the experts during the live congresses and surgeries brings surgeons from every corner of the world closer to the key opinion leaders, opening a new gateway to online and remote teaching.
AIS Channel has already been endorsed by scientific publications and its achievements have been recognized by various medical organizations, such as Fundación Clínic, Cleveland Clinic, SAGES, ESCP, RSM, ACPGBI, SFCE, ICDS, and many others. With this recognition, the AIS Channel is encouraged even more to continue to work towards universal training, and will soon open new sections. Thus we will become a tool for excellence not only in the teaching of bariatric surgery, but in the teaching of any surgeon.