17 January 2019Incidental Gallbladder Cancer – How to proceed?
Gallbladder cancer is one of the most common biliary malignancy. It is often diagnosed incidentally in the setting of a cholecystectomy for a benign disease. The majority of patients present with early-stage disease and a simple cholecystectomy may be enough. Other patients may benefit from more extended resections.
15 January 2019Antibiotics and antiseptics in surgical wound washes. Are they useful?
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are infections of an incision, organ, or space that occur after surgery. Most wound infections are caused by contamination with the patient’s own micro-organisms during surgery. Intraoperative surgical site irrigation is a common practice in surgical procedures in general, with all disciplines advocating some form of irrigation before incision closure. This is intended to reduce SSI, using different types of agents such as antibiotics and antiseptics. This practice, however, has been neither standardized nor is there compelling evidence that it effectively reduces the risk of surgical site infection (SSI).
11 January 2019Back to the Future: Novel Treatments for Haemorrhoids or the Same Old Stuff?
‘1 in 5 people who walk through the door will have a diagnosis of haemorrhoids’
10 January 2019INTERNATIONAL IFSO BARIATRIC CHAMPIONSHIP: Which is the best procedure? Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass vs. Sleeve Gastrectomy
Ricardo Cohen and Rami Lufti discuss the advantages of sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, moderated by Almino Ramos and Camilo Boza.
8 January 20195 Things You Should Know About Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
This talk focuses on the most important things that any surgeon should know about NSTI. High-quality studies published in important journals have also been analyzed, in order the provide the best knowledge in a manner that is easily applicable.
4 January 2019Microbiomic and Metagenomic Influences on Colorectal Patients
One of the highlights the ESCP meeting in Nice was Professor John Alverdy’s talk on Microbiomic and Metagenomic Influences on Colorectal Patients. Described by one ESCP member as “possibly the best lecture I have witnessed in 45 years of practice” – you don’t want to miss it!
3 January 2019VII IFSO Online Symposium “What You Have Missed at IFSO 2018”
IFSO 2018 in Dubai brought together world leaders in metabolic and bariatric surgery. More than 1200 abstracts from more than 90 countries were presented. Several communications on obesity and metabolic surgery were given, focusing on the different techniques and the best indications for each of them.
1 January 2019Surgical skills: Laparoscopic Sealer
Since its emergence nearly 20 years ago, electrothermal bipolar vessel sealing technology is now a mainstay in most modern operating rooms.
28 December 2018Management of para-aortic and lateral pelvic lymph nodes in colorectal cancer
Previously in the era of open surgery, extended lymph node dissection was difficult to teach because of limited surgical view in a very narrow space. Nowadays, laparoscopic and robotic approaches allow us to see detailed anatomy, and so learn to perform these procedures ‘from the screen’.
27 December 2018Bile acids. The new gut hormones after metabolic surgery
Dr. Carel Le Roux explains why bile acids should be considered a new gut hormone, not only with a digestive function but also with an important metabolic signaling function.