1-2 March 2014



‘Practical Solutions for Common Surgical Problems’ 


You are cordially invited to attend the seventh annual Surgical Update Conference hosted by the Department of Surgery at the University of Cape Town on Saturday 1st March and Sunday 2nd March 2014 at the Kramer Building, UCT Middle Campus, Rondebosch, Cape Town.

An outstanding two-day program has been planned emphasizing common problems applicable to General Surgeons, General practitioners with a surgical interest, Medical Officers and Registrars. The faculty will comprise consultants from the Department of Surgery, University of Cape Town as well as invited speakers. Our 2014 overseas guests include Ian Finlay, a leading international figure in colorectal surgery and founder of the department of coloproctology at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, as well as Alastair Windsor, consultant colorectal surgeon from the University College Hospital, London.

In response to requests and suggestions from previous update meetings the format has been adjusted to include clinical examples and applications and to allow for interactive discussions with audience participation. Sessions will focus on a particular theme and an interesting and attractive program is being put together which will have a broad range of appeal. Sessions currently being planned include:

  • Updates in Colorectal surgery
  • Hernias
    • Applied anatomy of the groin and its pitfalls
    • Laparoscopic vs open hernia repair: examining the evidence
    • Laparoscopic hernia repair - staying out of trouble
    • Incisional hernia repair in 2014
    • The role of biologics in abdominal wall reconstruction
  • New advances in Endoscopy
    • The role of EUS in pancreatic lesions
    • Investigation of occult GI bleeding
    • Options for management of benign GI strictures
    • Current investigation and treatment of H Pylori related disease / foregut symptoms: who needs endoscopy
    • New approaches for upper GI bleeding
  • Laparoscopy
    • Tips and pitfalls in anti-reflux surgery
    • Laparoscopic colo-rectal surgery – how to get started
    • Staying out of trouble – the lap chole checklist
    • Sleeve gastrectomy / bariatric surgery
    • Managing endometriosis found at laparoscopy
  • Salvage strategies in surgery / how I get out of trouble
    • Management of post fundoplication symptoms
    • The difficult (laparoscopic) appendicectomy
    • What to do when the enteric anastomosis
    • Management of mesh sepsis
    • Surgical management of the giant perforated ulcer
  • How I do a….
    • Parathyroidectomy / total thyroidectomy
    • Hind quarter amputation
    • Difficult colonoscopy
    • Laparoscopic splenectomy

And more!

In addition, 2 concurrent workshops are being planned for Friday the 28th of February, to precede the update meeting. The first workshop will address challenges in colonoscopy while the second focusses on techniques in performing a safe laparoscopic cholecystectomy. These workshops will be run under the auspices of the South African Colorectal Society and South African Society of Endoscopic Surgeons. Registration for these workshops is separate from the update and details are contained in the flyers attached to this announcement. The organisers are Dr Adam Boutall, colonoscopy workshop (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Dr Marc Bernon, laparoscopic cholecystectomy workshop (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

We look forward to welcoming returning delegates as well as newcomers to what is becoming a rewarding annual meeting on the South African Surgical calendar.