2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin
15-17 October 2020

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Dear Sir/Madam,

due to the great interest in the International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery, organized for the first time in 2018 in Lublin, the Main Board of the Association of Polish Surgeons decided to continue this initiative. On behalf of the Organizational and Scientific Committee, we invite you to participate in the second edition of the congress, which will be held on October 15-17, 2020 in Lublin.

2020 marks a particularly important date for Polish surgeons. It is the 170th anniversary of the birth and the 100th anniversary of the death of Professor Ludwik Rydygier - our compatriot, a great patriot, and also one of the most prominent Polish surgeons, co-creator of modern surgery in the country and worldwide. 140 years ago Professor Ludwik Rydygier was the first in Poland to perform a pyloric exclusion due to gastric cancer. As an excellent operator he introduced new methods of treatment of peptic ulcer disease, he was also the creator of the original method of prostatectomy. Some of the surgical techniques introduced by him (in the field of, inter alia, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics, urology, treatment of stomach and rectal tumors) are still used today. In 1889 Professor Ludwik Rydygier organized the first congress of Polish surgeons from three Partitions, and above all he was the initiator and co-founder of the Association of Polish Surgeons.

Paying homage to Professor Ludwik Rydygier and taking into account the fact that minimally invasive techniques apply not only to general surgery, but also to all surgical disciplines, we have decided to encourage doctors of other specialties to participate in the subsequent edition of Congresses of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Hence the idea to invite also the scientific societies representing specialists in thoracic surgery, urology, gynecology, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, as well as Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Section, Endoscopic Surgery Section and the Section of Videosurgery of the Association of Polish Surgeons to participate in the second edition.

The congress agenda includes interdisciplinary scientific sessions with the participation of eminent experts from around the world, representing all of the above surgical specializations. Several world-known pioneers in the field of minimally invasive techniques have already confirmed their participation in the second edition.

The stage for the Second International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery will be the modern facilities of the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin, providing participants with comfortable conditions for discussions, including participation in video sessions and meetings with experts, as well as appropriate exhibition space for medical companies supporting the organization of the congress.

As the Organizers, we make every effort to ensure that the II International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2020 meets your substantive expectations with the possibility of establishing professional international cooperation. Traditionally, the program also includes accompanying events (both in the hospitable city of Lublin and in the Lublin region), which will be an opportunity to meet in a friendly atmosphere and establish lasting friendships.

Chairman of the Scientific and Organizational Committees 
for the 2020 II International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lublin

Professor Grzegorz Wallner
National Consultant in the field of General Surgery
Professor Marek Jackowski
President of the Association of Polish Surgeons

Congress under the patronage of the Polish Association of Surgeons

Programme in general outline

Session No. 1
Natural Orifice Transendoscopic Surgery

  1. Transoral access for NOTES – clinical application.
  2. Transanal access for NOTES – clinical application.
  3. Transvaginal access for NOTES – clinical application.  
  4. Complications and restrictions of NOTES approach in clinical practice.
  5. Single port or NOTES techniques in future abdominal surgery?
  6. Discussion

Session No. 2
Minimally Invasive Techniques in Esophageal Cancer Treatment

  1. Indications for open or minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer?
  2. MIS esophageactomy in the era of neodjuvant chemo-radiotherapy
  3. Transthoracic or transhiatal minimally invasive esophagectomy?
  4. Why and when – indications for vagal sparing esophagectomy?
  5. Robotic esophagectomy for cancer.
  6. Discussion

Session No. 3
VATS approach: Uniportal or Multiportal in Thoracic Surgery?

  1. Uniportal VATS access for mediastinal surgery.
  2. Uniportal VATS access for respiratory tract surgery.
  3. Multiportal VATS access for mediastinal surgery.
  4. Multiportal VATS access for respiratory tract surgery.
  5. Discussion

Session No. 4
Revisional bariatric surgery

  1. Redo operations for dumping syndrome after bariatric surgery.
  2. Redo operations for reflux after bariatric surgery.
  3. Redo operations for insufficient bariatric effect.
  4. Redo operations for insufficient metabolic effect.
  5. Patient’s perspective after revisional bariatric surgery.
  6. Discussion

Session No. 5
Common problems for surgeon, gynecologist and urologist in minimally invasive pelvic surgery

  1. Clinical problems and technical shortcomings in MIS pelvic surgery - Urogynecologist perspective.
  2. Challenges for vesico – vaginal fistulas treatment using MIS techniques.
  3. Posterior compartment pelvic disorders: Current status, MIS technological advances and perspectives.
  4. Laparoscopic & robotic ventral rectopexy.
  5. Intraoperative nerve monitoring in improving functional outcomes of rectal surgery - evidence base and how I do it.
  6. Discussion  

Session No. 6
Advances in minimally invasive techniques in reconstructive & plastic surgery

  1. New therapeutic concepts with tissue engineering in plastic and reconstrictive surgery.
  2. Allogenic facial transplantation – what is the future in the context of microsurgery techniques.
  3. Planning reconstructive microsurgery operations using computer techniques.

Session No. 7
Challenging ventral hernias – minimally invasive sometimes means not minimal approach

  1. Guidelines and standards in search for the best choice for our patients. Prof.
  2. TAR – how to make a large operation minimally invasive.
  3. MILOS and e-MILOS – minimally invasive approach to large middle line defects.
  4. Robots in hernia surgery -  a glimpse in the future.
  5. Patient’s perspective and economic aspects  as a factor influencing a choice of minimally invasive methods.
  6. Discussion

Session No. 8
MIS access to abdominal trauma

  1. Laparoscopy in Blunt Abdominal trauma; for whom, when and why?
  2. The role of laparoscopy in penetrating abdominal trauma management”
  3. Is MIS access changed the outcome of abdominal trauma surgery?
  4. Complications and pitfalls of laparoscopy in patients with abdominal trauma.
  5. Discussion

Session No. 9
The role of simulation in minimally invasive surgery education

  1. Simulation in surgical education – opportunities for surgical societies to create the optimal surgeon’s training.
  2. Simulation and telementoring in minimally invasive surgery.
  3. Quality of education objective assessment in MIS simulation education  
  4. MIS simulation training impact on clinical outcomes and patient safety.  
  5. Perspectives for the next steps of organization, MIS simulation education and surgical training.
  6. Discussion

Session No. 10
Minimally invasive surgery and rules of EBM – myths and facts

  1. What can be expected from the MIS techniques in the future.
  2. New instruments for intraluminal and transluminal endoscopic surgery.
  3. The future of image-guided surgery - Augmented and virtual reality in minimally invasive surgery.
  4. Based on EBM is there still the place for NOTES in digestive tract surgery?
  5. Minimally invasive surgery myths and facts on the basis of EBM.
  6. Cost implications and Enhanced recovery programs in MIS.
  7. Discussion

Session No. 11
Stomach and EGJ diseases and minimally invasive surgical approach

  1. Laparoscopic redo antireflux surgery.
  2. Therapeutic options in failure after laparoscopic cardiomyotomy for achalasia.
  3. Controversies in laparoscopic giant paraesophageal hernias repair.
  4. MIS techniques in border early gastric cancer lesions.
  5. Controversies in laparoscopic advanced gastric cancer surgery.
  6. Discussion

Session No. 12
What can be expected from MIS in pancreatic cancer?

  1. Optimal therapeutic approach to pancreatic surgery?
  2. Pros and cons for MIS in pancreatic surgery.
  3. Borderline resectable pancreatic cancer and MIS techniques.
  4. Pitfalls with minimally invasive surgery for  pancreatic tumors.
  5. What can be expected from robotic surgery in pancreatic cancer?
  6. Discussion

Session No. 13
How to avoid MIS complications in GI tract surgery?

  1. The risk and prevention of adverse event during the POEM / TIF procedures.
  2. Strategy to avoid MIS complications during bariatric surgery.
  3. What a surgeon should know to avoid complications in MIS colorectal surgery?
  4. The quality of laparoscopic surgery training and the risk of MIS complications.
  5. Potential risk factors of complications in GI tract robotic surgery.
  6. Discussion

Session No. 14
Is the surgical anatomy knowledge a key to MIS operations success?

  1. Anatomical aspects of minimally invasive esophagectomy.
  2. Gastric cancer lymphatic metastases and MIS determinants of radical lymphadenectomy.
  3. Hepatic anatomy and MIS liver resection possibilities.
  4. Surgical anatomy aspects for MIS total mesocolic excision.
  5. Vascular and lymphatic determinants of MIS for total mesorectal excision.
  6. Discussion


Foreign speakers

  1.  Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy)
  2. Prof. Alberto Arezzo (Turin, Italy)    
  3. Prof. Marcus Büchler (Heidelberg, Germany)    
  4. Prof. Steven D. DeMeester (Portland, USA)
  5. Dr Tonia M. Young-Fadok (Phoenix, USA)
  6. Prof. Liane S. Feldman (Montreal, Canada)
  7. Prof. John Fildes (Las Vegas, USA)
  8. Prof. Karl-Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA)
  9. Prof. Giuseppe Fusai (London, Great Britain)
  10. Prof. Jan Willem Greve  (Heerlen, the Netherlands)
  11. Dr John B Hanks (Charlottesville, USA)
  12. Prof. Henrik Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  13. Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan)
  14. Prof. Richard van Hillegersberg (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
  15. Prof. Santiago Horgan (San Diego, USA)
  16. Ass. Prof. Matthew M. Hutter (Massachustetts, USA)
  17. Prof. Leroy Joël (Strasbourg, France)
  18. Prof. Anthony N. Kalloo (Baltimore, USA)
  19. Prof. Yuko Kitagawa (Tokyo, Japan)
  20. Prof. Seigo Kitano (Oita, Japan)
  21. Prof. Ferdinand Kockerling (Berlin, Germany)
  22. Prof. Modise Zacharia Koto (Pretioria, RPA)
  23. Prof. Antonio Lacy (Barcelona, Spain)
  24. Prof. Jan van Lanschot (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
  25. Prof. Adolf Lokanovic (Lubljana, Slovenia)
  26. Prof. Nicola di Lorenzo (Roma, Italy)
  27. Dr James D. Luketich (Pittsburg, USA)
  28. Jacques Marescaux (Strasbourg, France)
  29. Prof. James Moser (Boston, USA)
  30. Prof. Filip Muyoms (Gent, Belgium)
  31. Prof. Gabriele Naldini (Piza, Italy)
  32. Prof. Menahem Neuman (Western Galilee, Israel)
  33. Prof. Yuri Novitsky (Cleveland, USA)
  34. Prof. Marco Patti  (Chapel Hill, USA)
  35. Prof. David Rattner (Boston, USA)
  36. Prof. Diego Gonzalez Rivas (Coruña, Spain)
  37. Prof. Wolfgang Reinpold (Hamburg, Germany)
  38. Prof. Raul Rosenthal (Weston, USA)
  39. Prof. Ajit Sachdeva  (Chicago, USA)
  40. Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokyo, Japan)
  41. Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)
  42. Prof. Luc Soler (Strasburg, France)
  43. Dr Stanislaw P. Stawicki (Bethlehem, USA)
  44. Dr Tomas Stupnik (Lubljana, Slovenia)
  45. Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Strasbourg, France)  
  46. Prof. Selman Uraneus (Graz, Austria)
  47. Prof. Ramon Vilallonga Puy (Barcelona, Spain)
  48. Peter Vogt (Hanower, Germany)
  49. Prof. Han-Kwang Yang (Seul, South Korea)
  50. Dr Andreas Zerz (St. Galen, Switzerland)

Polish speakers

  1. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Andrzej Budzyński (Cracow)
  2. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Adam Maciejewski (Gliwice)
  3. Dr hab. n. med. Cezary Piwkowski (Posen)
  4. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Tomasz Rechberger (Lublin)
  5. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Tomasz Rogula (Cracow)
  6. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Tomasz Skoczylas (Lublin)
  7. Dr Jakub Szałas (Wolomin)
  8. Dr hab. n. med. Maciej Śmietański (Gdansk)
  9. Prof. dr hab. n. med.. Kamil Toress (Lublin)
  10. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Piotr Trojanowski (Lublin)
  11. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Piotr Wałęga (Cracow)

Congress FEE

Participation fees of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Scroll down for our price schedule.

  1. Members of the Polish Associations*
    Registration till May 15th - 500 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration from May 16th till September 15th  - 600 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 750 PLN (inc. VAT)
  2. Regular participant (practitioners who are not members of  the Associations*)
    Registration till May 15th - 600 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration from May 16th till September 15th  - 700 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 850 PLN (inc. VAT)
  3. Doctors during their specialization course
    Registration till September 15th - 300 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 350 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Please provide your current workplace address in the “Specialization course location” field of the registration form.
  4. Students of Medicine
    Registration till September 15th - 80 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 120 PLN (inc. VAT)
    Please provide enter your student’s ID no. in the registration form. Please take your student’s ID with you, as it will be required to finish the registration process.
  5. Social arrangement
    Flat registration charge for all participants – PLN 250 (inc. VAT)
    The arrangement is planned for Friday,October 16th, 2020.
    (dinner and a live concert - we will give details soon)
    Social arrangement is not funded by innovative companies associated in INFARMA.

* applies to Members of the Polish Association of Surgeons (other Associations will be announced soon).

The language of lectures - English

The Congress fee includes:

  • Participation in lectures
  • Congress-related materials
  • Participation certificate
  • Coffee breaks and lunch
  • Entry to the official inauguration event of the Congress (October 15th, 2020)
  • Entry to the pharmaceutical industry exhibition**

Participation charge does not include accommodation.
Information concerning available hotels that provide discounts for Congress participants - in the section ACCOMMODATION.

**Entry to the exhibition of pharmaceutical companies is limited to persons who are entitled to issue prescriptions and persons who trade with medical products. Due to safety concerns the organizers are required to enforce ID presentation at this point.


Contact information for exhibitors and sponsors:

Przemysław Blicharz

e-mail: przemek.blicharz@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 119

Patryk Reszko

e-mail: patryk.reszko@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 099

Contact information for participants:

Łukasz Nowak

e-mail: lukasz.nowak@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 105

Oktawiusz Ofiarski

e-mail: oktawiusz.ofiarski@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 911 212