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EAES Laparoscopic Upper GI Surgery Course

This course has been awarded 20 CPD Points. Surgical Skills Centre, Level 5, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland.

Re-imbursement Details

STORZ have updated our contract as of June 2023, please read reimbursement information below.

Initially you will pay the full course fee £1800, KARL STORZ are kindly sponsoring this course and will reimburse half of the course fee after attending (£900).

Travel and accommodation is not reimbursed.

In order to obtain the funding you must agree to your contact details being forwarded to Karl Storz. Please complete the online registration form, you must have completed an Intermediate Skill for Laparoscopic Surgeons Course before attending this Advanced Course.
KARL STORZ will allow you to attend one EAES Upper Course and one EAES Lower Course only, you will not be reimbursed if you apply and attend the course again. You can only book onto one EAES Laparoscopic course within a 12 month period.  

Faculty (selected from):

  • Mr Francesco Polignano
  • Professor Luigi Boni
  • Professor Abe Fingerhut
  • Mr Pradeep Patil
  • Mr Afshin Alijani
  • Mr Benjie Tang
  • Mr Stuart Oglesby
  • Samer Zino
  • Tarek Katbeh
  • Andrew Robertson
  • Himanshu WADHAWAN 

A four-day course aimed at Upper GI surgeons and senior trainees who wish to learn more about laparoscopic approaches to the GI system.


Suitable attendees are surgical trainees (SPR 5-6) and consultant surgeons who have extensive experience of conventional upper GI procedures and are already undertaking routine laparoscopic cases (cholecystectomy, diag. lap., lap appendix).  There will be a maximum of 20 places available on each course, with 2 courses running each year. EAES members will receive a 10% discount.

Selection Criteria

Candidates should be at the point of commencing practice of some of the procedures to be covered in the course, with appropriate supervision/ mentorship.


This will be a very intensive, practical skills course where attendees will master a variety of tissue approximation techniques.  The following laparoscopic procedures will be rehearsed in the skills laboratory: Laparoscopic suturing, laparoscopic repair perforated duodenal ulcer, total fundoplication, laparoscopic common bile duct exploration, laparoscopic gastroenterostomy and bariatric surgery.  There will also be several expert sessions covering aspects of advanced upper GI surgery involving clinicians from across Europe, with a live operative demonstration.

The course provides

  • 'hands on' experience
  • individual tuition and feedback
  • evolving practice
  • clear explanations and guidelines
  • discussion sessions
  • live operative demonstration
  • Laparoscopic fundoplication
  • Clinical applications of indocyanine green (ICG) enhanced fluorescence in laparoscopic surgery


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this practical training course you should be able to:

  • Explain the techniques necessary to overcome the visual demands in laparoscopic surgery
  • Demonstrate effective equipment and instrument positioning using ergonomic principles
  • Describe some of the new technologies available for laparoscopic energised dissection
  • Tie a tumbled square knot using laparoscopic instruments to safely ligate a vessel
  • Handle a 3/8ths curved needle and an endoski needle and make a bite through tissue
  • Form a surgeon's knot using laparoscopic needle holders
  • Demonstrate optimal bite placement and knot tying technique during laparoscopic tissue approximation
  • Apply the component skills taught in this course to various procedures including sutured gastroenterostomy, laparoscopic fundoplication, repair of perforated duodenal ulcer, common bile ductal exploration (CBD) and gastric bypass.


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