The course first deals with basic laparoscopic surgical techniques, including safety and entry techniques and includes discussion regarding cameras and equipment.
Participants are then introduced to advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, such as intra- and extra-corporeal knot tying and intra-corporeal suturing.
The seven principal surgeons of the SWEC demonstrate a selection of procedures including hysterectomy, pelvic floor repair, colposuspension and endometriosis.These surgeries are demonstrated during eight live operating sessions.
One of the major interests of the SWEC group is pelvic reconstructive surgery. This innovative laparoscopic surgery is demonstrated during the live operating sessions and lectures are held describing the basis of this approach to pelvic floor disorders.
The course culminates in an animal laboratory where the techniques learned and the surgeries seen are combined and practiced in a supervised environment. On completion of the course, participants will have increased knowledge and experience of advanced laparoscopic techniques.
The advanced laparoscopic surgery course is held three times each year, normally in March, July and October. It is held over a five-day period, beginning on Monday morning and ending on Friday afternoon.
Laparoscopic surgical techniques are introduced and taught in a ‘dry’ lab setting. Techniques such as extra-corporeal and intra-corporeal knot tying and suturing are demonstrated and practiced, along with the techniques of laparoscopic instrument handling and basic surgical procedures.
The course includes eight live surgical sessions, where advanced laparoscopic surgical set-ups and surgical procedures are demonstrated. The participants can interact with the operating surgeons both during the theatre sessions and during the breaks. The operating lists are structured to allow optimum time usage for teaching. A second session of laboratory-based training enables participants to employ the techniques demonstrated and learned, on animal models.
Because of the favourable participant/faculty ratio, there is close to one-to-one teaching at all stages of the course. No other course offers so many experienced surgeons at the one time for live interactive teaching, and this is why SWEC has such a high national and international profile.
Scrub nurses can he facilitated on the advanced course, and arrangements made for them to accompany the nursing staff associated with the SWEC group. This will allow scrub staff to become familiar with the techniques of advanced laparoscopic surgery operating theatre set-up as well as to see the procedures demonstrated.
Endometriosis Workshop details
– Problems with identification of endometriosis
– Pelvic anatomy for endometriosis surgeons
– Techniques for the excision of endometriosis
– Understanding energy sources
– Approaches to colo-rectal endometriosis
– Pelvic pain – the evidence base for excisional surgery
– Infertility – the evidence base for excisional surgery
– What post-operative treatments should we use?
– Surgery at St George Private Hospital
– Three live operative cases to demonstrate the principles of excisional surgery
– Complications occur with this surgery – how to cope.
– What is happening to research into endometriosis?
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