President’s Introduction

Welcome to the website of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

The ALSGBI has been in existence since 1994, firstly as the Association of Endoscopic Surgeons but later renamed, and was set up to further the development of laparoscopic (or minimal access surgery) at a time when it was first being introduced into clinical practice; the concepts were revolutionary and represented a sea change in surgical practice. The role of laparoscopic surgery has expanded over the years and the procedures undertaken have evolved substantially in their complexity. Countless patients have benefitted from the smaller wounds and faster convalescence which this type of surgery allows but it remains technically challenging surgery to perform and the margins for error are small. The purpose of this Society remains now, as it was then, primarily to provide Education and to ensure this surgery is as safe as it can be made to be and that surgeons are equipped with the skills and knowledge required. We do so in a number of ways; the most obvious being our Annual Scientific Meeting in November.

The most recent of these was held in London at the ILEC Conference Centre and was one of our most successful yet with over 260 delegates, 23 Exhibitors and highlights too many to mention. For more details please see the Spring newsletter (due out in April 2017).

Next year we shall be in Wales, Cardiff

Please note the dates now:
Wednesday 8 November 2017 ALSGBI Training Day at the WIMAT
Thursday 9 November 2017 ASLGBI Live operating sessions (Cardiff City Hall)
Friday 10 November 2017 Scientific Meeting (Cardiff City Hall)

Other dates for the diary will include the EAES Congress in Frankfurt on the 14 - 17 June 2017 and the ALSGBI symposium on Laparoscopic Surgery at the ASGBI Congress in Glasgow on the afternoon of Wednesday 3 May 2017.

In 2018 we will host the EAES Congress in London in May / June. We urge all our members to make special effort to attend this meeting and to showcase the UK’s talents to our European colleagues. Our November 2018 meeting will be modified to account for this major event.

Please navigate this website which contains information for patients as well as numerous educational sections for trained and trainee surgeons. It acts as a resource for daily reference, newsletters, tricks and tips and with multimedia content.

Notable recent updates on the website include the re-launched and improved SWORD database; free to members. For those of you who have not used this I urge you to do so. It is a free resource to members and provides invaluable and unprecedented access to the HES data collected on our individual clinical practices in certain index laparoscopic procedures. SWORD allows us to see this data and compare it to our peers. HES data is collected on our practice by the NHS and although imperfect (as we know) it is the data of default and will prove increasingly important as surgeon-specific data is demanded in both public and private practice.

In 2017 we plan to run a number of heavily sponsored regional training courses to teach and assess the technical skills required for LapPass. These are not easy skills to acquire but equally they are skills that no self-respecting surgeon would be comfortable to be without (suturing, knot tying etc).

Laparoscopic surgeons are particularly technology dependent and we work closely with our industry partners to whom we express our ongoing thanks for their continued innovation, support and interaction.

Should there be questions or queries about our work please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mr Peter Sedman, President, ALSGBI
Mr Peter Sedman
President, ALSGBI