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This will be a practical skills course where attendees will master a variety of tissue approximation techniques. The following laparoscopic procedures will be rehearsed in the skills laboratory: Lap suturing, Laparoscopic anatomy demonstration on cadaver, parastomal hernia, rectopexy and rectal resection. There will also be several expert sessions covering aspects of advanced lower GI surgery involving clinicians from across Europe, with a live operative demonstration. There will also be a revision anatomy session, to relate the relevant anatomy to procedures.

The course provides:
'hands on' experience
individual tuition and feedback
clear explanations and guidelines
discussion sessions
live operative demonstration.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course each attendee should be able to:

Explain the pros and cons of laparoscopic colorectal surgery and make an informed decision about their own future practice
Describe the techniques for obtaining vascular control in lap. colorectal surgery
Debate the place of lap colorectal surgery for cancer
Describe the indications, methods of patient selection, patient information, risks and complications related to laparoscopic colorectal surgery
Form a plan for starting out in their own clinical training for lap colorectal cases
Outline the important anatomical considerations related to laparoscopic colectomy
Explain the risks inherent in use of energised dissection and means of avoiding complications related to such devices
Demonstrate certain key skills related to lap colorectal surgery.
Positioning of trocars and instruments according to basic ergonomic principles
Safe laparoscopic dissection techniques
Safe deployment of a laparoscopic stapling device

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