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Join us at the 16th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium and 4th Annual International Congress of Fluorescence Guided Imaging Surgery

Program Description

The 16th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium will provide surgeons and other health care professionals a wide range of information related to new and well established topics in gastrointestinal surgery. Attendees will become familiar with surgical aspects of conventional, laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic surgery of the foregut. In addition, attendees will acquire in-depth information related to the diagnosis and management of disease processes of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, and biliary tree. The program will review complex case scenarios and complications after foregut procedures.

As part of the symposium the International Consensus on Revisional Bariatric/Metabolic Interventions (ICC-RBMI) will continue to build on the foundation; not only to provide guidance for practicing surgeons, but also to establish the framework to answer the questions that will lead to improved quality and consistency of care for our patients.

The 4th Annual International Congress of Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery is focusing on the new era of research on near infrared (NIR) imaging. The concept is based on the utilization of infrared light as a tool to guide surgery. This unique course will offer an updated and better understanding of the novel technique. Our goal is to foster the exchange of information and ideas on fluorescence imaging and its applications in surgery.

Activity Directors

Raul Rosenthal, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Chairman, Department of General Surgery
Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Professor of Surgery, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU
Weston, Florida

R. Matthew Walsh, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Rich Family Distinguished Chair of Digestive Diseases
Chairman, Department of General Surgery, Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute
Chairman, Academic Department of Surgery, Education Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio


  • Foregut Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Surgical Revisions and Complications
  • Endoscopy
  • Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery
  • Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery

Who Should Attend?

Physicians, surgeons, fellows, residents, nurses, and allied health professionals in the fields of surgical endoscopy, general surgery, hepato-pancreatic and biliary surgery, as well as laparoscopic and bariatric surgery

By Attending, You Will Be Able To:

  • Describe mechanism of action of new drugs to treat obesity, analyze new endoscopic treatment modalities, and review neurostimulation as a new approach
  • Discuss diagnostic alforuthms of CBDS’s, distinguish outcomes of endoscopic, laparoscopic and combined treatment modalities, and review of long term complications
  • Discuss how to recognize hiatal hernias, review technique of recurrent hiatal hernias repair usingbared sutures, and present complications of repair
  • Discuss the oncological application of HIPEC, discuss the most common diseases processes treated by HIPEC, and review the current literature on this complex approach
  • Evaluate new approaches to Foregut disorders, analyze new techniques, and present technical pitfalls of reoperative foregut surgery
  • Examine basic surgical techniques of Whipple procedure, discuss best approaches and how to prevent complications
  • Identify common preventative measures to decrease the incidence of CBDI, analyze most common reasons for CBDI, and debate the best treatment modalities for CBDI
  • Identify technical pitfalls when repairing parastomal hernias, familiarize with alternative approaches to ventral hernia repair, and review mesh utilization when performing laparoscopic vs,. open repairs
  • Present most common reoperative approaches, technical pitfalls of repoperative surgery, and discuss how to identify and manage most frequent complications
  • Present the current epidemiological data and tends of Gastroparesis, discuss best non-surgical treatment modalities, and analyze the outcomes of most common surgical approaches
  • Provide an in depth analysis of gastric banding and stapling procedures without intestinal component
  • Provide the audience with surgical approaches to esophageal cancer, distinguish treatment modalities based on pathological exam, and discuss outcomes and oncological approaches
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of achalasia, assess how to best manage complications such as epiphrenic diverticula, and review the new treatment modalities
  • Review the basic concept of fluorescent imaging techniques and alternative fluorescent dyes, and discuss different applications of fluorescent imaging
  • Review the current standards for technical performance of various methods of primary gastric bypass and what are the long-term outcomes
  • Review the indications for recent inguinal hernia repair, analyze the reasons for early and late recurrent, and discuss outcomes of recurrent inguinal hernia repair

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