2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Virtual Meeting
15-17 October 2020

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Due to the epidemiological situation in Poland and worldwide and out of concern for your safety, we have decided to change the formula of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. It will still be held on 15-17 October 2020, we are only changing the formula of our meeting for the Virtual Congress. We will make every effort to adjust the substantive program and discussions to the virtual possibilities so that you can participate in the event as fully as possible.

During the Congress you will be able to ask questions using the chat, and the answers will be provided by the invited experts during the discussion time. There will be an opportunity to visit the virtual exhibition of Congress Partners and participate in a virtual artistic evening.

All that in order for us to meet, exchange experiences and benefit from expert knowledge from around the world.

We would like to cordially invite you to attend,



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.

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

Session No. 4
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. 5
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.
  4. Discussion

Session No. 6
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. 7
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. 8
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. Discussion

Session No. 9
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. 10
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. 11
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. 12
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. Marcus Büchler (Heidelberg, Germany)    
  3. Prof. Karl-Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA)
  4. Prof. Giuseppe Fusai (London, Great Britain)
  5. Dr Marco Garatti (Brescia, Italy)
  6. Prof. Henrik Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  7. Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan)
  8. Prof. Mohammed Abu Hilal (Brescia, Italy)
  9. Prof. Werner Hohenberger (Erlangen, Germany)
  10. Prof. Santiago Horgan (San Diego, USA)
  11. Prof. Anthony N. Kalloo (Baltimore, USA)
  12. Prof. Jan van Lanschot (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
  13. Prof. Adolf Lukanovic (Lubljana, Slovenia)
  14. Dr Oleh Matsevych (Pretoria, RPA)
  15. Prof. James Moser (Boston, USA)
  16. Prof. Gabriele Naldini (Piza, Italy)
  17. Prof. Menahem Neuman (Western Galilee, Israel)
  18. Prof. Marco Patti  (Chapel Hill, USA)
  19. Prof. Tomasz Rogula (Cleveland, USA)
  20. Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokyo, Japan)
  21. Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)
  22. Prof. Luc Soler (Strasburg, France)
  23. Dr Tomas Stupnik (Lubljana, Slovenia)
  24. Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Strasbourg, France)  
  25. Prof. Selman Uranüs (Graz, Austria)
  26. Peter Vogt (Hanower, Germany)

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 Skoczylas (Lublin)
  6. Prof. dr hab. n. med.. Kamil Toress (Lublin)
  7. Prof. dr hab. n. med. Piotr Trojanowski (Lublin)
  8. 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. Regular participant 
    Registration till September 15th  - 50 Euro (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 90 Euro (inc. VAT)
  2. Doctors during their specialization course
    Registration till September 15th - 25 Euro (inc. VAT)
    Registration after September 15th - 40 Euro (inc. VAT)
    Please provide your current workplace address in the “Specialization course location” field of the registration form.
  3. Students of Medicine - Free Registration
    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.

The language of lectures - English

The Congress fee includes:

  • Participation in online lectures
  • Participation in live discussions
  • Congress-related materials in electronic version
  • Participation certificate
  • Access to virtual exhibitors' stands
  • Access to recordings of lectures after the Congress

Only persons who are entitled to issue prescriptions and persons who trade with medical products may take part in the Congress.

Social arrangement

On Friday evening (October 16th, 2020) congress participants are welcome to participate in the virtual artistic evening.

Social arrangement is not funded by innovative companies associated in INFARMA.

Committee of Honour

Committee of Honour

Rector of Medical University of Lublin
Prof. dr hab. n. med. Andrzej Drop
The Lubelskie Province Governor
Lech Sprawka
Marshal of the Lubelskie Voivodship
Jaroslaw Stawiarski
The President of Lublin
Dr Krzysztof Żuk


Media patronage

About - summary 2018

It is the first event of this type in Central and Eastern Europe.

We kindly invite you to the second edition of the Congress.

During the first edition of the Congress:

  • registered over 700 participants from Poland and other European countries
  • lectures have been given by over 30 well-known and respected surgeons
  • during the lectures discussed issues extremely important for doctors, but also affecting the quality of treatment in Poland, e.g.: techniques and methods of endoscopic therapy in esophageal diseases, minimally invasive surgery in organ tumors, surgeries utilizing minimally invasive techniques, pathological obesity surgery.
  • doctors participated in video sessions, workshops and training courses

Event Organizers

Main Organizer:

Feliks Skubiszewski Foundation for the Advancement of Surgery

ul. Stanisława Staszica 16, 20-081 Lublin, Poland

Organizer and Congress management:

Czelej Publishing Company

ul. Skrajna 12-14, 20-802 Lublin, Poland


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