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Cadaveric UGI & LGI Laparoscopic Surgery Course

Dates:Thursday 27 & Friday 28 March 2008
Address:Bristol University (Anatomy Dept)
Description:Aimed at HSTs & consultants.  Two courses over 2 days.  One day willl envolve cadaveric work and one will involve animal models.  In addition there will be lectures and video demonstrations.

LGI Course

Day 1 Cadaveric Workshop

  • Principles of laparoscopic colonic resection
  • Right hemicolectomy
  • Left hemicolectomy
  • Low anterior resection
  • Free dissection

Course dinner

Day 2 - Animal Workshop

  • Principles of anastomosis
  • Right hemicolectomy
  • Left hemicolectomy
  • Low anterior resection
  • Free dissection


Robin Kennedy
Simon Bailey
Mike Saunders
Ian Jenkins

Sounds good.  Please let us know how you get on.

THE ICENI CENTRE, Lap Colorectal getting started

Dates:26th March 2012 & 24th Sept 2012
Address:THE ICENI CENTRE, Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex. U.K., CO4 5JL
Tel:+44 (0) 1206 742364
Fax:+44 (0) 1206 742030

The one-day course comprises instructive lectures that summarise the present status of the laparoscopic approach, describes surgical techniques and anatomy, and discusses starting up a laparoscopic colorectal service. Demonstrates and transmissions of live laparoscopic colorectal surgery from the theatres in Colchester reinforce the leaning experience and usually also includes an overseas broadcast. Interaction with the operating surgeons is encouraged. The course covers the more straightforward colonic procedures such as right hemicolectomy, sigmoid colectomy, rectopexy and ilio-caecal resection for Crohn’s disease and is an idea introduced to those thinking of starting this technique.

  • One-day course n Getting started
  • Literature review n Equipment requirements
  • Operative techniques review n Starting a laparoscopic colorectal service

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THE ICENI CENTRE - Laparoscopic Hernia Course

Dates:21st March & 7th November 2012
Address:THE ICENI CENTRE,Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex. U.K., CO4 5JL
Tel:+44(0)1206 742364
Fax:+44(0)1206 742030

This two-day course comprises instructive lectures and live transmissions of laparoscopic surgery, comparing both the transabdominal (TAPP) and tonally extraperitoneal (TEPP) approaches to inguinal hernia repair. Repair of midline and incisional hernias is also included. The surgical approaches and techniques involved will be demonstrated during the operations, and discussion between the delegates and the operating surgeons is encouraged to ensure the techniques are clearly understood.

  • One-day course n TEPP Inguinal hernia repair
  • Operative techniques review n Incisional and midline hernia repair
  • Live demonstrations n Course DVD/video
  • TAPP Inguinal hernia repair

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THE ICENI CENTRE - Laparoscopi UGI Course

Dates:2nd May & 14th November 2012
Address:THE ICENI CENTRE,Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex. U.K., CO4 5JL
Tel:+44(0)120 746248
Fax:+44(0)1206 742030

This one-day course combines instructive lectures and live transmissions of surgery to explore the laparoscopic approach to benign and malignant gastrointestinal disease. Surgical approaches and techniques are described throughout the operations and the delegates are fully encouraged to interact and converse with the operating surgeons. Procedures covered include oesophagectomy, Nissen fundoplication, splenectomy, gastroenterostomy and feeding jejunostomy.

  • One-day course n Course DVD/video
  • Review of operating techniques n Feeding jejunostomy
  • Live demonstrations n Malignant disease


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THE ICENI CENTRE Left sided resection, AR, APER

Dates:16/17th Jan 2012, 2/3rd July & 17/18 Sept 2012
Address:THE ICENI CENTRE,Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex. U.K., CO4 5JL
Tel:+44 (0) 1206 742364
Fax:+44 (0) 1206 742030

This two-day course includes live video transmissions from the theatres in Colchester as well as overseas broadcast from guest surgeon. Instructive lectures cover techniques, surgical anatomy and a full review of the literature available on laparoscopic colorectal surgery. How to set up a laparoscopic colorectal service will also be discussed. Course participants are fully encouraged to interact with the operating surgeons to ensure the techniques presented are clearly understood. While all laparoscopic colorectal operations are discussed, the course tends to concentrate on more complex procedures such as mobilisation of the splenic flexure, anterior resection and abdominoperineal resection of the rectum.

  • Two-day course
  • Literature review
  • Operative techniques review
  • Live demonstrations
  • Getting started
  • Equipment requirements
  • Starting a laparoscopic colorectal service
  • Course DVD/video
  • Dinner, transportation and hotel accommodation

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Dundee - 3 day Laparoscopic Colorectal

Dates:12-15th June 2005 & 4-7th December 2006
Address:Cuschieri Skills Centre, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee

The course offers:

  • Laparoscopic approach to the right colon, sigmoid and rectum
  • Live link surgery
  • Hands on ergonomic and practical skills sessions
  • Hands on cadaveric anatomy sessions
  • Video teaching sessions
  • Precautions in cancer surgery
  • Analysis of the major trials
  • Analysis of complications
  • Advice on getting started
  • International perspectives
  • Future developments
  • Expert discussion

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Dundee - 2 day Laparoscopic Colorectal

Dates:27-28th March 2006
Address:Cuschieri Skills Centre, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee

The course offers:

  • Laparoscopic approach to the right colon, sigmoid and rectum
  • Live link surgery
  • Hands on anatomical, ergonomic and practical skills sessions
  • Video teaching sessions
  • Precautions in cancer surgery
  • Analysis of the major trials
  • Analysis of complications
  • Advice on getting started
  • International perspectives
  • Future developments
  • Expert discussion

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course each attendee should be able to:

  • Explain the pros and cons of laparoscopic colorectal surgery and make an informed decision about their own future practice
  • Describe the techniques for obtaining vascular control in lap. colorectal surgery
  • Outline the benefits and techniques used in hand assisted lap. colorectal surgery
  • Debate the place of lap colorectal surgery for cancer
  • Describe the indications, methods of patient selection, patient information, risks and complications related to laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Form a plan for starting out in their own clinical training for lap colorectal cases
  • Outline the important anatomical considerations related to laparoscopic colectomy
  • Explain the risks inherent in use of energised dissection and means of avoiding complications related to such devices
  • Demonstrate certain key skills related to lap colorectal surgery:
  • Positioning of trocars and instruments according to basic ergonomic principles
  • Safe laparoscopic dissection techniques
  • Safe deployment of a laparoscopic stapling device
  • Correct insertion/ removal of a hand port

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MATTU Laparoscopic Colorectal

Dates:April 27/28 & Nov 09/10 2009.
Address:Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit, Post Graduate Medical School
Tel:+44 (0) 1483 688691
Fax:+44 (0) 1483 688633

A two-day intensive course with an expert faculty. The course is suitable for consultants and senior trainees as well as whole theatre teams aiming to develop a laparoscopic colo-rectal practice. A series of lectures and edited videos provides step by step tuition for all the common colo-rectal procedures including right and left hemicolectomy, anterior resection (TME), AP resection, splenic flexure mobilisation, total colectomy, pouch surgery and rectopexy.

Patient selection, equipment requirements, theatre set-up, pre- and post-operative management and outcomes, as well as the controversial topics of cancer surgery and enhanced recovery programs are all presented, discussed and debated by experts in their field.

At least five live cases will be transmitted during the course, which can contribute to the ten cases required by the ALSGBI / ACPGBI prior to embarking on the national preceptorship programme.


Day One

08:30 Registration and Coffee

09:00 Welcome

09:05 Lecture: Demonstration of an Advanced Laparoscopic Procedure

09:30 Live Surgery (Prof. T Rockall)

10:30 Coffee

10.45 Lecture: Equipment

11:00 Live Surgery (Prof. T Rockall)

13.00 Lunch

14:00 Lecture: Splenic flexure and transverse colon

14:30 Lecture: Laparoscopic repair of parastomal hernia

15:00 Lecture: Stage IV endometriosis

15:30 Tea

16:00 Video session: Obstruction, Fistula, Rectopexy

17:00 Drinks reception

Day Two

08:30 Coffee

09:00 Live Surgery: TME for cancer (Prof T Rockall)

10:45 Coffee

11:00 Lecture: Step by Step Left Sided Resection

12.30 Lunch

13:00 Live Surgery: Left hemicolectomy

14:30 Lecture: Results of laparoscopic surgery

15:00 Tea

15:30 Lecture: Cancer Trials Update

16:00 Lecture: Economics of colorectal laparoscopy

16:30 Feedback and Finish

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MATTU - Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy

Dates:Dates awaited
Address:Mattu, Post Graduate Medical School, Manor Park, Guildford.
Tel:0044 (0)1483 688691
Fax:0044(0)1483 688633
Description:Live demonstration and discussion - Mr Chris Eden

A two-day course demonstrating laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

On day 1 there will be two live demonstrations interspersed with lectures discussing such topics as nerve preservation and robotics.

Day 2 will be spent in Oxford performing laparoscopic radical prostatectomy on cadaveric models.

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MATTU Laproscopic Extra Peritoneal Hernia Masterclass

Dates:March 11th, July 15th, October 7th 2009
Address:MATU, Postgraduate Medical School, University of Surrey, Manor Park, Guildford, GU27
Tel:+44(0) 148368691

An intensive one-day course on the technique of pre-peritoneal inguinal hernia repair (TEP) with multiple live surgery demonstrations. The course incorporates lectures on the equipment, technique and outcomes as well as the evidence in favour of the laparoscopic technique and the latest guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The MATTU has been one of the pioneers of this operative technique and has the largest single experience in the UK.


08.30 Coffee And Welcome

Live Surgery

09.30 TEP - The preferred approach

Live Surgery

10.30 The Totally Extra Peritoneal Hernia Repair Anatomy and Technique

11.00 Coffee

Live Surgery

11.45 The Guildford Experience - Results

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Live Surgery

15.00 Tea

15.15 Avoidance of complications

16.15 Skills [Optional]

17.00 Discussion and Close

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The Hull Laparoscopic Colorectal Course

Dates:10 - 11 November 2008
Address:Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Rd., Cottingham, Hull, HU16 5JQ.
Tel:01482 622393
Fax:01482 623274
Description:Day 1

Welcome & introduction - Mr JE Hartley

R Hemicolectomy, step by step approach - Mr JP Griffith

Anterior Resection - Step by step approach - Mr D Jayne

Tools of the trade (Covidien & Keymed)

Live operating

    RHC & Ant resection

Laparoscopic Colorectal Cancer Surgery - John Griffith

Course dinner, The Deep Hull

Day 2

Establishing a colorectal practice

Live operating


Tips & Tricks

    Patient selection
    Port placement
    Exposure & small bowel handling
    Vascular dissection & bleeding
    Colonic mobilisation
    Extra/Intracorporeal anastomosis
    Specimen extraction & port site closure

Panel discussion

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Basingstole Laparoscopic Colorectal Symposium

Dates:29 & 30 June 2008
Address:Basingstoke Hospital, North Hamshire
Tel:01256 328070
Fax:01256 336556

A two day course, including lectures about the appoaches to right and left hemicolectomy, live operating (two resections) along with an update on NICE guidance, potential pitfalls, tips and tricks eg patient selection, port placement, vascular dissection, colonic mobilisation etc.

There is a cocktail party and a course dinner.

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Masterclass in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery

Dates:20 & 21 September 2007
Address:Department of Urology, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport SK2 7JE
Tel:0161 419 5485

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RCSEng - Endoscopic suturing techniques

Dates:2-3 December 2008
Address:The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Tel:020 7869 6337
Web Site:


Mr David Nott
Consultant Surgeon

Mr Adam Howard
Consultant Surgeon


This course is aimed at ST 6-8 and consultants

Course Content

  • Endoscopic suturing and knot tying
  • Assessment on simulators
  • Applications of laparoscopic suturing
  • Intracorporeal suturing
  • Intracorporeal hand sutured anastomosis

Teaching Style

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Group Demonstrations
  • Discussion Groups
  • Video presentations

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Newcastle Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

Dates:7th & 8th July 2008
Address:Newcastle Surical Training Centre
Description:Day 1

0912-0945    National Training Issues

0945-1015    How I do it                    K Campbell

1015-1045    How I do it                    M Gudgeon

1115-1145    How I do it                    Hugh Gallagher

1145-1215    Equipment & set up        Brian Aspin

1300            Live Operating             Alan Horgan (Freeman Hosp)

                   Nurse break out
                   Equipment, set-up, energy sources


Course Dinner

Day 2

                Fresh cadaveric Dissection

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NUGITS 2009 Course Directory

Address:Training DepT., Unit 7/8, Silverfox Way, NewcaSTLE, NE270KJ
Tel:(0191) 2031432
Description:19/20 March                    Lap ventral/incisional hernia

5th May                           Nissen fundoplication

30th April/1st May            Bariatris (Sunderland)

21/22 May                       Inguinal Hernia

25/26 June                      Cholecystectomy

8-10 July                         RCS core skills

10/11 Sept                      Ventral/Incisional Hernia

2/3 November                 Inguinal hernia

3/4 November                 Bariatric

10/11 Dec                      Ventral?Incisional Hernia

Ethicon Professional Education - International Laparoscopic Ventral and Incisional Hernia Repair Course
20th - 21st April 2009
9th - 10th Nov 2009

Covidien Courses
Laparoscopic Ventral and incisional Hernia repair Course: 2nd - 3rd February 2009
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia Repair Course: 11th - 12th May 2009

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