Not long ago, patients in need of liver resection had one choice: open surgery, with an abdominal "chevron" incision. Today, thanks to the efforts of a pioneering group of surgeons, more patients have access to minimally-invasive approaches that can reduce complications, shorten hospital stays, and save costs in the healthcare system.
A new symposium held recently at the Johnson & Johnson Institute in Hamburg seeks to drive the continued, safe expansion of minimally-invasive techniques. The unique learning experience combined the knowledge and expertise of lap liver surgical pioneers with the innovative approach to education and training of the J&J Institute.
Strong Scientific Program and Hands-On Training
The two-day symposium welcomed 115 Hepatobiliary pancreatic (HPB) surgeons from throughout Europe, Africa and Middle East, looking to expand minimally invasive liver techniques in their hospitals and achieve positive outcomes for patients. The program offered an opportunity for an open exchange of ideas between experts and attendees with the aim of scrutinizing the most recent evidence in minimally invasive liver surgery, with a special focus on laparoscopic approaches.
Based on the strength of the scientific program, the symposium recieved endorsement from the European-African HPB Association (E-AHPBA), and accreditation of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) and the Schleswing-Holstein (Germany) Medical Council.
The event also brought together corporate partners that helped complete the learning experience through technologies focused on imaging (www.karlstorz.com) and complementary surgical tools (www.integralife.com).
"I am very honored to have chaired this great event in collaboration with my friends and colleagues in the faculty. We had a great number of attendees of high caliber and I hope to see them soon joining us in further developing the laparoscopic liver surgery," said Professional Mohammad Abu Hilal, Professor of Surgery, University Hospital Southampton. "In addition, I have strongly supported the collaboration between industry partners in this event with the aim of supporting surgeons in the implementation of the laparoscopic approach with the proper tools. In my view, this successful collaboration may change the way industry support have been traditionally delivered and open new educational opportunity models for our surgeons and clinicians across specialties."
Debates and discussions on the expansion of laparoscopic liver surgery and the role of advanced technology, including ablation, in improving outcomes and reducing complications.
During the video teaching sessions, pioneers in laparoscopic liver surgery demonstrated laparoscopic liver procedures step by step, from minor to more advanced dissection techniques as well as prevention and management of complications.
"The Johnson & Johnson Institute is committed to bringing together the best faculty, educational content, partners, and tools so that we can create a truly collaborative environment to educate surgeons," said Maja Pavlek, Professional Education Senior Manager, EMEA. "We are proud to partner with the pioneers and new influencers in lap liver surgery on this unique educational experience."
Prof. Abu Hilal’s keynote lecture on Guidelines in Minimally Invasive Liver Surgery.
Expert HPB surgeons shared insights about how to expand minimally invasive liver techniques and achieve positive outcomes for patients
Mohammad Abu Hilal
Joseph Amaral, Chief Scientific Officer, Ethicon Energy, Johnson & Johnson
Alban Denys, Switzerland; Christos Dervenis, Greece; Luca Aldrighetti, Italy; Ibrahim Dagher, France; Hauke Lang, Germany; Brice Gayet, France; Hugo Marques, Portugal; Mark Halls, UK