April 4th Evening


SAGES/ALACE Panel: Evolution and Clinical Applications of Minimal Access Surgery in Latin America

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Session Chair: Alonso Alvarado, MD
Session Co-chair: Eduardo Moreno-Paquentin, MD

Session Description

This session will allow attendees to further understand which are the procedures grouped as Minimal Access Surgery; what are their potential advantages over standard laparoscopy, including drawbacks and their specific advantages; how have they being undertaken by surgeon all over Latin America; and what is the clinical and socioeconomic outcome in these countries.

Session Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific advantages and disadvantages of each of the different minimal access laparoscopic procedures
  • Select which of these techniques best suits their individual practice
  • Recognize potential problems associated to each one of these techniques

Session Outline

Time Presentation Title Faculty Name


Metabolic Surgery: A Marketing Tool? Gustavo Salinas, MD


Hybrid procedures, Really?  Myth and Facts

Manoel Galvao Neto, MD


Evidence Based Surgery and Minimal Access Surgery

L. Michael Brunt, MD


Is this a joke? Single Port Surgery

Diego Camacho, MD


Inguinal Hernia Repair Technique by mini site

Gustavo Carvalho, MD


Sleeve Gastrectomy; Killed the Band or the Bypass?

Marcos Berry, MD

3pm Laparoscopic Splenectomy- A case for Single Site Surgery Juan Pablo Pantoja, MD
3:15pm Extreme Endoscopy for Chronic Bariatric Complications Josemberg Campos, MD
3:30pm Q & A Alonso Alvarado, MD
Eduardo Moreno, MD



SAGES/EAES Panel: Benign Foregut- Opinions and Evidence in the Management of Benign Esophageal Disorders

3:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Session Chair: Marco G. Patti, MD
Session Co-chair: Eduardo Targarona, MD

Session Description

General surgeons who treat benign esophageal disorders should attend. This session will provide valuable information about the diagnosis of these disorders. In addition, different treatment options will be discussed and recommendations will be based on evidence. Particular cases will be presented to enhance the important points.

Session Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Perform a careful and thorough evaluation, establishing a definitive diagnosis
  • Understand the pathophysiology of these diseases
  • Plan treatment based on the pre-operative evaluation and the characteristics and history of individual patients

Session Outline

Time Presentation Title Faculty Name


Evaluation for GERD and Achalasia   Piero Marco Fisichella, MD


Barrett’s Esophagus and high grade Dysplasia. RFA, EMR, Resection?

Stuart Spechler, MD


Total versus partial Fundoplication  Brant Oelschlager, MD


GERD in the morbidly obese patient

Toshitaka Hoppo, MD PhD


Paraesophageal Hernia: Standards and Controversies

Eduardo M Targarona, MD


Achalasia: POEM is the answer?

Karl Fuchs, MD


Achalasia: Heller Myotomy is the gold standard

Mario Morino, MD


Dysphagia after Heller Myotomy: Options

Marco G Patti, MD
5:20pm Discussion