Upper GI Robotic Surgery Advanced Course

Full immersion in upper GI robotic surgery

Foregut surgery was, along with cholecystectomy, one of the first specialties of digestive surgery to demonstrate the obvious benefits of laparoscopic surgery in the early 1990s and, for 30 years, the vast majority of surgical procedures have been
performed laparoscopically.

Fundoplication for GERD was one of the validation procedures for robotic surgery 20 years ago.

As a result, the upper GI robotic surgery course is a unique opportunity to acquire or improve skills in robotic surgery.

Our Faculty includes experts whose experience in minimally invasive surgery has made it possible to extract the intricacies of robotic technology to facilitate and improve the quality and reproducibility of foregut surgery.

Upper GI Robotic Surgery Advanced Course


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No accommodation, no social programme and no entertainment included in the registration fees for participants

Faculty Panel

B. Babic (DE)
I. Broeders (NL)
Y.K. Chao (TW)
B. Dallemagne (BE)
H. Fuchs (DE)
K. Fuchs (DE)
W.J. Hyung (KR)
S. Perretta (IT)
S. Preston (UK)
J.P. Ruurda (NL)
R. Van Hillegersberg (NL)

Course objectives

  • To identify the specific robotic platform components, settings, and features required to safely use and operate the robotic surgical platform
  • To understand the proper robotic platform in the preoperative set-up for upper GI surgery
  • To understand and replicate the critical surgical steps for the safe and effective use of the robotic
    platform in upper GI surgery
  • To define the role of the robot in the current esophageal and gastric surgery practice
  • To appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of this emerging field

Target audience

This course is intended for general surgeons, digestive surgeons, fellows and residents in training

Educational methods

  • Lectures with interactive discussions between participants and Faculty members
  • Interactive sessions with operating surgeons during live surgery
  • Video-based discussion sessions with Q&A
  • Robotic surgery training and practice on simulators and anatomical specimens including the latest generation of da Vinci® robotic systems

Cancellation policy

CME credits & and Ethical Medtech compliance for this course

Resolution of conflicts of interest (COI)

The IRCAD training center has industrial and research partners (Karl Storz, Covidien/Medtronic, and Intuitive Surgical) and Course Faculty members and Healthcare professionals declare these industrial partners are never committed to the elaboration and running organization of the programs or in the choice of experts. There is neither publicity nor promotion in the form of pull-up stands or flyers during the course.

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Educational sponsorship and funding

IRCAD has received financial support in the form of an unrestricted financial support. IRCAD course funding occurs via an unrestricted support from IRCAD sponsors (medical device companies). Funding is provided free of any attempt to influence the program, individual sessions, subjects for discussion, content and choice of faculty members.
Commercial names of medical devices/software/equipment may appear because they are linked to specific medical procedures, which are the focus of this training course. Other products in the market can be used to perform the aforementioned medical procedures. The IRCAD as an educational provider does not endorse any particular product.

Live the IRCAD experience to the fullest

The courses are organized in such a way that participants are fully immersed in the heart of the Institute, from start to finish.

One day at IRCAD

Your course by day, the comfort and luxury in Les Haras Hotel **** by night

A place with a unique design, inspired by history and the universe of horses… Les Haras Hotel**** honors leather and wood to take its guests on a journey through time.

The Haras Brasserie offers a modern and friendly cuisine. The great classics of French cuisine are celebrated there, alongside signature dishes from Alsace or inspirations from the world over.


Good course. Good opportunities for console training.

Great to be able to discuss in the lab the Live operation performed this morning. Nice availability of different instruments in the lab.

Very professional organization!

Thank you very well organized and excited course !