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The 19th Surgery of the Foregut Symposium at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida. As in previous years, a "first-class" group of world renowned gastrointestinal surgeons, gastroenterologists and oncologists have been invited to share their expertise and updates on the most recent technological and therapeutic advances in this steadily evolving field. Since 1999, this 5 days course has become one of the most prestigious forums in the field of foregut surgery with attendees and faculty travelling from around the globe.

The 2020 scientific session will feature a full day and a half presenting the 7th International Conference on Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery, under the leadership of Dr. Fernando Dip, ISFGS President. This is one of the most fascinating and promising developments in the field of surgery Fluorescent image guided surgery is rapidly evolving and becoming a standard of care. Participants will learn how to use near infrared light combined with indocyanine green and alternative probes to better visualize critical anatomical structures.  Video recordings will further help understand how to use this advanced intraoperative imaging technology.   The third day will be devoted to foregut surgical management.  On the fourth day, the scientific sessions will concentrate on the most recent advances, controversies and developments in the field of Bariatric and Metabolic surgery. To continue our tradition, we will feature the Robert Herrmann MD Annual Lecture that will be delivered by Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, on "Intestinal Failure", and the Walter E. Pories MD, Annual Lecture delivered by Alan Wittgrove, MD on the "The Evolution of Gastric Bypass" In addition, we will host a fifth day of Complex Clinical Scenarios and Video Presentations in Foregut Surgery that will be presented at the David Jagelman Conference Center at the Cleveland Clinic Florida campus in Weston.

By Attending, You Will Be Able To: Improve Your Knowledge To:

  • Analyze new surgical treatment options for intestinal failure
  • Analyze the indications, technical pitfalls and  outcomes of anastomotic procedures
  • Demonstrate to the audience the surgical approaches to diaphragmatic and abdominal wall hernias
  • Determine how to recognize hiatal hernias, review technique of recurrent hiatal hernias repair using bared sutures, and present complications of repair
  • Evaluate new approaches to Foregut disorders, analyze new techniques, and present technical pitfalls of re-operative foregut surgery
  • Examine the basic concept of fluorescent imaging techniques and alternative fluorescent dyes, and discuss different applications of fluorescent imaging
  • Examine the current standards for technical performance of various methods of primary bariatric procedures and what are the long-term outcomes
  • Explain the current epidemiological data and tends of Gastroparesis, discuss best non-surgical treatment modalities, and analyze the outcomes of most common surgical approaches
  • Explain the most common re-operative approaches, technical pitfalls of re-operative surgery of the pancreas and biliary tree and discuss how to identify and manage most frequent complications
  • Identify technical pitfalls when repairing recurrent ventral hernias, familiarize with alternative approaches toventral hernia repair, and review mesh utilization when performing laparoscopic vs. open repairs

Who Should Attend?

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


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