Scientific-Practical Conference “New Technologies in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy” Has Been Held

The Scientific-Practical Conference “New Technologies in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy” was held in the Multidisciplinary Medical Center of the University Clinic of ONMedU by the department of Robotic and Endoscopic Surgery, Surgery No. 1 and General and Military Surgery on January 26, 2018. The event was opened by the rector of Odessa National Medical University, academician V.N. Zaporozhan who emphasized the importance of conducting such events for the practical training of future doctors, especially taking into account modern trends in noninvasive surgery and modern requirements for higher medical education.

The practical part consisted of performance of a complex operation – endoscopic ligation of varicose veins of the esophagus – in patients with cirrhosis of the liver, and performance of the most complex operations in flexible operative endoscopy – POEM (per-oral endoscopic myotomy), which is performed in esophagus achalasia, and ESD (endoscopic submucosal dissection in the submucosal layer), which is performed in early gastric cancer, using a biological model. Operations were performed by leading experts in the surgical clinic using the new HD-endoscopic rack Olympus and the electrosurgical unit Bowa with a broadcast to the Auditorium of the department of Robotic and Endoscopic Surgery and the possibility of two-way audio communication.

Thus, the audience had the opportunity not only to see all the stages of these complex operations, but also to ask experts practical and theoretical questions in the process of their performance. At the end of the practical part, training on diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy was conducted on the most up-to-date endoscopic virtual simulator GI-Mentor (Symbionics), which was the equipment of the simulation class at the department of robotic and endoscopic surgery. At the same time participants had the opportunity to make independent research, perform endoscopic operations and receive important instructions from experts.

The theoretical part was combined with the session of the Association of Surgeons of Odessa region, which is traditionally conducted on the basis of the clinic, and included interesting reports of all leading specialists in endoscopic surgery, it summed up the strategic importance of the development of such surgical interventions in early gastrointestinal cancer as well as a complex approach in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer pathology. In this aspect, a report on the possibilities of the new molecular genetic laboratory of our university was of interest.

Thus, the Department of Robotic and Endoscopic Surgery and the Multidisciplinary Medical Center of the University Clinic showed the organizational and technical ability to perform complex endoscopic operations at its base, hold scientific and practical conferences in modern aspect, and effectively consolidate the interaction with other departments and units of the University. The practice of similar intercultural conferences is a promising direction of the clinic work.