SAGES 2009 Meeting to Feature Cutting Edge Surgical Break-throughs

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The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) will highlight emerging procedures and patient safety at its 2009 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from April 22-25, 2009.

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) will highlight emerging procedures and patient safety at its 2009 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from April 22-25, 2009.

The meeting, which is expected to draw more than 2,000 surgeons and allied health professionals, has a 25-year history of innovation. Some highlights of the meeting ...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

  • A Flexible Endoscopy postgraduate Course will be webcast to reach "rural": surgeons and also surgeons in the military
  • FLS Train the Trainers Course - FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) is a program that will be provided to every accredited surgical residency program in the country. The training and testing program will verify that each senior resident has the knowledge and skill to handle the basics of laparoscopy. This course for resident trainers will expand the reach and broaden the impact of FLS and make it more accessible to the surgical community
  • Joint SAGES/ALACE session - webcast session especially to Latin/South America and international outreach

Thursday, April 23, 2009

  • An Advanced Laparoscopic Technique Postgraduate Course will emphasize the role of single incision laparoscopy in today's surgical arena.
  • An Allied Health course will stress patient safety in minimal access surgery from the perspective of the nurse and other allied health professionals
  • A Natural OrificeTransluminal Endoscopy Surgery (NOTES) seminar including other therapeutic flexible endoscopic procedures will showcase cutting edge advances in minimally invasive approaches. This translates to methods of taking out an appendix through the vagina or removing a gall bladder through the esophagus and mouth with NO incisions at all. What's on the horizon?
  • From 7-9PM in the evening are the Presidential Debates. Two past presidents of SAGES address the most contentious issues in surgery and medicine in each of four debates. This year's debates will include one on universal health care led by Drs. Nathanial Soper and Jeffrey Ponsky. Other controversies include: How and IF to change surgical training; Using Mesh in Hiatal hernias; and arguments of Bariatric surgical methods.

Friday April 24, 2009

  • Surgical treatment of type II diabetes - This is a hot topic which has just recently been approved for reimbursement for surgical intervention.
  • Guidelines Panel - As the new administration stresses the importance of evidence-based medicine, guidelines are of increasing importance in surgical practice. SAGES guidelines and their role in patient safety are debated as we move more aggressively toward guideline-based medical practice
  • Global Initiative - major SAGES initiative to expand surgical innovation to developing nations.
  • International MIS Olympic videos - outstanding videos form around the world with Olympic style judging and audience participation

Saturday, April 25, 2009

  • Health Policy Lecture - Catherine DeAngelis, editor of JAMA discusses conflict of interest
  • Patient Safety Panel - Although every paper and lecture presented addresses better ways to treat patients, this day includes an entire panel devoted to how to increase patient safety

SAGES Exhibits, Learning Center and Posters are open Thursday through Friday with the Poster session running until Saturday, April 25th.

More information about the annual meeting and Surgical Spring Week is posted regularly on the SAGES website, http://www.sages.org/meetings/. Interested parties may sign up for our e-newsletter by submitting an email address on the same site.

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