On March 23rd, 24th and 25th of 2011, the Department of Gynecology of the University Hospital of Bellvitge hosted the XII International Gynecologic Surgery Course . This year the three day course was in surgery-format allowing the evaluation of the present and the future of gynecologic surgery.

Robotic surgery leads the XII International Course in Gynecological Surgery

Dr. Joaquim Esperalba, General Director of Regulation Planning and Healthcare Resources of Department of Health, Dr. Alberto Salazar medical director of the
Hospital and Dr..Jorge Ponce Head of the Gynecology Service of the HUB, opened
the course.
More than 300 attendees from around the world were able to watch surgeries every
day broadcasted on CCTV connecting simultaneously to two operating rooms,
allowing a two-way discussion between the audience and the surgeons.
The operations were performed by some of the best international gynecological
surgeons in areas such as traditional laparotomy in vaginal surgery or robotics,
recently introduced in Bellvitge University Hospital. Some procedures were shown live
such as hysterectomy, pelvic floor repair, single port laparoscopic or advanced
oncology through the Da Vinci robot.
This year the course featured two keynote speakers, Prof. Xavier Magriñá (Mayo
Clinic, Scottsdale, USA) and Prof.. Angelo Maggioni (European Institute of Oncology,
Milan, Italy) who spoke about the past, present and future of robotic surgery and on
surgical anatomy of the pelvic area.
Dr. Magriñá began the implementation of advanced robotics in surgery in 2003 with
the first prototypes, and since then has consolidated worldwide advancements
through his work as head of the Department of Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in
Arizona. He is a world leader in gynecological surgery and a renowned teacher
around the world,
Dr. Maggioni is an expert on oncological surgery, he is based in the prestigious
Intituto Europeo di Oncologia Milan and was one of the implementers of robotic
surgery in this specialty. He is currently president of the European Society for
Gynecological Robotic Surgery (Sergi) and has developed teaching models of videosurgey
of great teaching value.

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