The 14th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium

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A Symposium Preview:

The 14th Annual  Surgery of the Foregut Symposium

Plus: The 2nd Annual International Congress of Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery
Coral Gables, Florida • February 14–18, 2015

by Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Bariatric Times. 2015;12(1):27.

Cleveland Clinic Florida in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute will host its 14th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium from February 15 to 18, 2015, in Coral Gables, Florida.
Total CME hours: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 43.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


International Congress of Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Course overview: The 2nd 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. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet worldwide leaders in near infrared techniques and view their presentations live. Biliary tract, new approaches in cancer stratification by using NIR imaging on sentinel lymph nodes, prevention of anastomotic leaks with perfusion testing, and tumor margins and localization are some of many topics that may capture your interest.

Surgery of the Foregut Symposium
Dates: Sunday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Spanish translation will be available.
Course overview: This program will provide surgeons and other healthcare 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. Abdominal wall hernias, fistulas and the use of the vacuum assisted closure (VAC) will be presented. Attendees will have the opportunity to analyze the management of complications including anastomotic leak and enterocutaneous fistulas and review complex techniques utilized by experts for conversions, revisions, and reversals of bariatric procedures.
Course highlights:
Sunday and Monday—Foregut Surgery
•    Special Lecture: Update on management of foregut trauma by Stephen Cohn, MD
•    Surgery of the stomach and duodenum
•    Gastroparesis—Pathophysiology, diagnostics, and best medical treatment modalities
•    Surgical and endoscopic approaches of the JE junction
•    Surgical approach to complex issues in gastro-esophageal reflux disease and diaphragmatic hernias
•    Abdominal wall and diaphragmatic hernias
•    Tips and tricks in laparoscopic surgery: Video bar
•    The Robert E. Hermann Annual Lecture: Targeted therapy in surgical oncology – hype or hope? by Professor Jakob Izbicki, MD, FACS

Tuesday—Bariatric Surgery
•    Best papers from Obesity Surgery, SOARD, and World Literature 2014
•    Best treatment options for failed or complicated gastric bypass
•    Annual Walter E. Pories Lecture: My journey to becoming a bariatric surgeon by Harvey Sugerman, MD
•    Unusual fistulae after LSG
•    Best treatment modality for esophageal motility disorders and hiatal hernias in severely obese subjects: When to bypass and when not to sleeve
•    Surgical treatment of metabolic syndrome
•    Reoperative bariatric surgery

Live surgery day
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Course highlights:
•    Lap cholecystectomy and fluorescent imaging cholangiography
•    Reoperative foregut surgery
•    Reoperative bariatric surgery
•    Diaphragmatic hernia repair without mesh and quills suture
•    Laparoscopic Whipple procedure
•    Robotic GIST resection

For complete agenda, symposium, and hotel information, please visit

FUNDING: No funding was provided.
DISCLOSURES: The author reports no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.
AUTHOR AFFILIATION: Dr. Rosenthal is Clinical Editor, Bariatric Times; Professor of Surgery and Chairman, Department of General Surgery; Director, The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute; Director, General Surgery Residency Program and Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida.


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