30th September and 1st October 2019
Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh awards 12 CPD points for attendance at two days of this course.


This advanced laparoscopic colorectal course provided the attendee with a sound understanding of some of the recent operative developments in this field. It also provided an overview of the essential fundamentals and underpinning principles of laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

The course, convened by Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon Professor P N Haray and supported by an experienced faculty, is also suitable for experienced colorectal surgeons who wish to enhance their understanding and attain invaluable tips to perform laparoscopic colorectal surgery in an effective manner.

The days encompassed a series of live operating demonstrations, interspersed with interactive discussions, of important colorectal operations such as:

  • Total Colectomy for conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis and Functional Bowel Disease
  • Segmental Resections, Left-side Colonic Resections including Splenic Flexure Mobilization, and High Anterior Resection
  • Total Mesorectal Excision with Defunctioning Stomas
  • Pouch surgeries / Panproctocolectomy.

The main emphasis of the course was to provide a basis for safe advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery using a systematic step-wise approach to various procedures.

Candidates interested in learning hands-on laparoscopic colorectal surgical skills could then consider attending the Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery Workshop Using Animal Models on 2ndOctober 2019. The attendee would then receive direct consultant supervision to perform advanced laparoscopic colorectal procedures including Hemicolectomies, Splenic Flexure Mobilisation and Anterior Resection on specially prepared animal models.


Topics covered will include:

  • Patient selection
  • Relevant anatomy
  • Equipment
  • Theatre set-up
  • Pre- and post-operative management and outcomes
  • Enhanced recovery programs.
  • Emergency surgery.

Suitable for

Consultants and trainees in general/colorectal surgery from both the UK and beyond.

There were ample opportunities to interact with the faculty during the live operative sessions as well as during the lectures. A course dinner was also organised on the evening of the first day.

Places were limited and were offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

We gratefully acknowledge the help and support of the following organisations and institutions: