Center for the Future of Surgery Hosts Advancements in MIS: A Comprehensive Hands-On Symposium

September 29, 2017

​On September 28-29, 2017, Bariatric, Colorectal, Hernia, and General Surgeons from across the country gathered for a two-day course in Advancements in MIS: A Comprehensive Hands-On Symposium.

Hosted/led by UC San Diego's Center for the Future of Surgery, and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Institute and Ethicon US, LLC, participants learned safe and effective use of energy, stapling, wound closure and other laparoscopic instrumentation, and practiced minimally invasive techniques in a hands-on animate lab, emphasizing the safe and effective use of energy, stapling, wound closure and other laparoscopic instrumentation.

Since 2011, the Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) has provided hands-on experiences with the latest surgical, robotic, endoscopic, laparoscopic, minimally invasive, open and microscopic techniques.  The Center has 22 surgical/endoscopic stations and a research suite where physicians and scientists work together across disciplines and collaborate to deliver new discoveries.

Under the leadership of CFS Director Santiago Horgan, MD, and Department Chair, Bryan Clary, MD, since opening, the CFS has trained over 20,000 individuals—from residents and medical students, to surgeons, nurses, and industry partners, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive surgical training facilities in the world.

The Advancements in MIS training was led by UCSD faculty, and experts from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical; Lenox Hill Hospital NY, NY; University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville; Carolinas Hernia Center Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte, NC; University of Colorado Rose Medical Center Denver, Colorado; and Baylor University Medical Center.

At the conclusion of the course, participants were able to:

  • Demonstrate the safe and effective use of HARMONIC ACE®+ 7 Shears with Advanced Hemostasis and the ENSEAL® Product Family, ECHELON FLEX™ GST System, and other laparoscopic instruments in a hands-on lab.
  • Demonstrate the safe and effective use of ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Open Flexible Composite Mesh Device, ULTRAPRO ADVANCED™ Macroporous Partially Absorbable Mesh, PROCEED® Surgical Mesh, ETHICON SECURESTRAP® Absorbable Strap Fixation Device, and biologic meshes in a hands-on lab.
  • Demonstrate the safe and effective use of STRATAFIX™ Knotless Tissue Control Devices
  • Define patient selection, preparation and positioning for minimally invasive Bariatric, Colorectal and Hernia procedures.
  • Demonstrate minimally invasive procedures in a hands-on lab setting.
  • Discuss the benefit of surgical team training in Minimally Invasive surgical procedures.
  • Discuss methods to reduce surgical team challenges intra-operatively.