2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Virtual Meeting
15-17 October 2020

Summary 2020

New Formula

Dear Sir/Madam,

Due to the epidemiological situation in Poland and worldwide and out of concern for your safety, we have decided to change the formula of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. It will still be held on 15-17 October 2020, we are only changing the formula of our meeting for the Virtual Congress. We will make every effort to adjust the substantive program and discussions to the virtual possibilities so that you can participate in the event as fully as possible.

During the Congress you will be able to ask questions using the chat, and the answers will be provided by the invited experts during the discussion time. There will be an opportunity to visit the virtual exhibition of Congress Partners.

All that in order for us to meet, exchange experiences and benefit from expert knowledge from around the world.

We would like to cordially invite you to attend,



Dear Sir/Madam,

due to the great interest in the International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery, organized for the first time in 2018 in Lublin, the Main Board of the Association of Polish Surgeons decided to continue this initiative. On behalf of the Organizational and Scientific Committee, we invite you to participate in the second edition of the congress, which will be held on October 15-17, 2020 in Lublin.


2020 marks a particularly important date for Polish surgeons. It is the 170th anniversary of the birth and the 100th anniversary of the death of Professor Ludwik Rydygier - our compatriot, a great patriot, and also one of the most prominent Polish surgeons, co-creator of modern surgery in the country and worldwide. 140 years ago Professor Ludwik Rydygier was the first in Poland to perform a pyloric exclusion due to gastric cancer. As an excellent operator he introduced new methods of treatment of peptic ulcer disease, he was also the creator of the original method of prostatectomy. Some of the surgical techniques introduced by him (in the field of, inter alia, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics, urology, treatment of stomach and rectal tumors) are still used today. In 1889 Professor Ludwik Rydygier organized the first congress of Polish surgeons from three Partitions, and above all he was the initiator and co-founder of the Association of Polish Surgeons.

Paying homage to Professor Ludwik Rydygier and taking into account the fact that minimally invasive techniques apply not only to general surgery, but also to all surgical disciplines, we have decided to encourage doctors of other specialties to participate in the subsequent edition of Congresses of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Hence the idea to invite also the scientific societies representing specialists in thoracic surgery, urology, gynecology, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, as well as Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Section, Endoscopic Surgery Section and the Section of Videosurgery of the Association of Polish Surgeons to participate in the second edition.

The congress agenda includes interdisciplinary scientific sessions with the participation of eminent experts from around the world, representing all of the above surgical specializations. Several world-known pioneers in the field of minimally invasive techniques have already confirmed their participation in the second edition.

As the Organizers, we make every effort to ensure that the II International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2020 meets your substantive expectations with the possibility of establishing professional international cooperation. 

Chairman of the Scientific and Organizational Committees 
for the 2020 II International Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lublin

Professor Grzegorz Wallner
National Consultant in the field of General Surgery
Professor Marek Jackowski
President of the Association of Polish Surgeons

Congress under the patronage of the Polish Association of Surgeons


Hours of sessions and lectures are given in accordance with Polish time (CEST)*.

*In a different time zone? Check the difference to your local time here.

THURSDAY, 15th October 2020

Opening Ceremony with Inaugural Lecture

14.00 – 14.30 Transoral access for NOTES – clinical application - Inaugural lecture by Prof. Anthony N. Kalloo (Baltimore, USA)

                                                                  Session 1                                                                  
What can be expected from MIS techniques in liver and pancreatic cancer?

Chairmen: prof. Marek Jackowski, prof. Andrzej Budzyński, dr Michał Solecki

14.30 – 14.45  Optimal therapeutic approach to pancreatic surgery -  Prof. Markus Büchler (Heidelberg, Germany)
14.45 – 15.00  What can be expected from MIS techniques in liver cancer - Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy)
15.00 – 15.15  Borderline resectable pancreatic cancer and MIS techniques - Prof. Giuseppe Fusai (London, UK)
15.15 – 15.30  What can be expected from robotic surgery in pancreatic cancer? - Prof. James Moser (Massachusetts, USA)
15.30 – 15.45  Pitfalls with minimally invasive surgery for pancreatic cancer - Prof. Andrzej Budzyński (Cracow, Poland)
15.45 – 16.00  Discussion 

16.00 16.10   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

Session 2

Minimally invasive surgery and rules of EBM – myths and facts

Chairmen: prof. Grzegorz Wallner, prof. Tomasz Skoczylas, prof. Witold Zgodziński


16.10 – 16.25  What can be expected from the MIS techniques in the future? - Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)

16.25 – 16.40  New instruments for intraluminal and transluminal endoscopic surgery - Prof. Karl - Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA) 

16.40 – 16.55  The future of image-guided surgery - Augmented and virtual reality in minimally invasive surgery                                                                         - Prof. Luc Soler (Strasbourg, France)

16.55 – 17.10  Based on EBM is there still the place for NOTES in digestive tract surgery - Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Strasbourg, France)

17.10 – 17.25  Minimally invasive surgery myths and facts on the basis of EBM - Prof. Santiago Horgan (San Diego, USA)

17.25 – 17.40  Discussion

17.40 17.50   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

 Session 3

   VATS approach: Uniportal or Multiportal in Thoracic Surgery?

Chairmen: dr hab. Cezary Piwkowski, prof. Henrik Hansen, prof. Marcin Zieliński


17.50 – 18.10  Uniportal VATS access for respiratory tract surgery - Dr Tomas Stupnik (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

18.10 – 18.30  Uniportal VATS access for mediastinal surgery - Prof. Diego Gonzalez Rivas (La Coruña, Spain)

18.30 – 18.50  Multiportal VATS access for respiratory tract surgery - Prof. Henrik Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)

18.50 – 19.10  Multiportal VATS access for mediastinal surgery - Dr hab. Cezary Piwkowski (Poznan, Poland)

19.10 – 19.35  Discussion

FRIDAY, 16th October 2020

Session 4 

 Stomach and EGJ diseases and minimally invasive surgical approach

Chairmen: prof. Tomasz Rogula, prof. Grzegorz Wallner, prof. Wiesław Tarnowski

13.00 – 13.15  Laparoscopic redo antireflux surgery - Prof. Karl - Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA)

13.15 – 13.30  Therapeutic options in failure after laparoscopic cardiomyotomy for achalasia - Prof. Marco Patti (North Carolina, USA)

13.30 – 13.45  Strategy to avoid MIS complications during redo bariatric surgery - Prof. Tomasz Rogula (Cracow, Poland) 

13.45 – 14.00  MIS techniques in border early gastric cancer lesions - Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokyo, Japan)

14.00 – 14.20  Anastomotic leaks in colorectal surgery - difficult cases - Dr Andrzej Kwiatkowski (Warsaw, Poland) - Sponsored                                              lecture (Ethicon)

14.20 – 14.30  Discussion

14.30 14.40   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

Session 5  

 The role of simulation in minimally invasive surgery education

Chairmen: prof.Kamil Torres, dr Michał Solecki, prof. Piotr Trojanowski

14.40 – 15.00  Simulation and telementoring in minimally invasive surgery - Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)

15.00 – 15.20  MIS simulation training impact on clinical outcomes and patient safety - Prof. Kamil Torres (Lublin, Poland)

15.20 – 15.40  Planning reconstructive microsurgery operations using computer techniques - Prof. Piotr Trojanowski (Lublin, Poland)

15.40 – 16.00green, Applications in Biliary Imaging and Bariatric Surgery – past, present and future - Dr Helmuth Billy                                     (Ventura, USA) - Sponsored lecture (Medtronic)

16.00 – 16.15  Discussion

16.15 16.25   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands


Session 6

 Common problems for surgeon, gynecologist and urologist in minimally invasive pelvic surgery

Chairmen: prof. Adam Dziki, prof. Tomasz Rechberger, prof. Piotr Wałęga


16.25 – 16.40  Clinical problems and technical shortcomings in MIS pelvic surgery - Urogynecologist perspective                                                                          - Prof. Menahem Neuman (Galilee, Israel)

16.40 – 16.55  Challenges for vesico – vaginal fistulas treatment using MIS techniques - Prof. Tomasz Rechberger (Lublin, Poland)

16.55 – 17.10  Posterior compartment pelvic disorders: Current status, MIS technological advances and perspectives                                                                 - Prof. Adolf Lukanovic (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

17.10 – 17.25  Laparoscopic & robotic ventral rectopexy - Prof. Gabriele Naldini (Pisa, Italy)

17.25 – 17.40  Intraoperative nerve monitoring in improving functional outcomes of rectal surgery - evidence base and how I do it                                          - Prof. Piotr Wałęga (Cracow, Poland)

17.40 – 18.00  Discussion

SATURDAY, 17th October 2020


Session 7

Minimally invasive techniques in GI tract cancer treatment

Chairmen: prof. Tomasz Skoczylas, prof. Grzegorz Wallner, prof. Piotr Richter

13.00 – 13.15  Indications for open or minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer - Prof. Tomasz Skoczylas (Lublin, Poland)

13.15 – 13.30  MIS esophagectomy in the era of neoadjuvat chemo-radiotherapy - Prof. Jan van Lanschot, (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

13.30 – 13.45  Gastric cancer lymphatic metastases and MIS determinants of radical lymphadenectomy - Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan)

13.45 – 14.00  Aggressive anatomical liver resections, what is possible? - Prof. Mohammad Abu Hilal (Brescia, Italy)

14.00 – 14.15  Surgical anatomy aspects for MIS total mesocolic excision - Prof. Werner Hohenberger (Erlangen, Germany)

14.15 – 14.30  Discussion

14.30 14.40   Break - we invite you to visit the virtual stands

Session 8


Chairmen: prof. Adam Nogalski, dr Justyna Najs, dr Michał Solecki


14.40 – 15.00  Laparoscopy in Blunt Abdominal trauma; for whom, when and why? - Prof. Selman Uranus (Graz, Austria)

15.00 – 15.20  The role of laparoscopy in penetrating abdominal trauma management - Dr Oleh Matsevych (Pretoria RPA)

15.20 – 15.40  Allogenic neck organs transplantation – what is the future in the context of microsurgery techniques
                        - Prof. Adam Maciejewski (Gliwice, Poland)

15.40 – 16.00  IndoCyanin green in colorectal surgery - Prof. Wiesław Tarnowski (Warsaw, Poland) - Sponsored lecture (Stryker)

16.00 – 16.20  What can be expected from MIS techniques in liver cancer - Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy)

16.20 – 16.35 Discussion


  1. When can I sign up for a conference?
    Participation in the conference can be registered until the beginning of the Congress and throughout its duration (until 17.10.2020).

  2. When and where will the conference take place?
    The Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery is organized in the form of online training, in the form of lectures and discussions, which will take place on Thursday 15.10.2020 from 14.00 Polish time, on Friday 16.10.2020 from 13.00 and on Saturday 17.10.2020 from 13.00. The meeting will be broadcast and moderated from the congress studio. The lectures will be delivered by the speakers in the form of remote "live" video calls. (foreign Speakers and some Polish Speakers) and in the form of speeches by the speakers in the congress studio. Discussions will be conducted from the studio by the speakers located in the Presidium of each session.

  3. How and where will you be able to watch the conference?
    The transmission is only for registered participants. An e-mail will be sent to all participants with an individual activation link and instructions for logging in to the platform.

  4. How can you check the adaptation of your Internet connection and browser to the transmission?
    The minimum parameters to watch the transmission are: 2.5 Mbit/s and 3.5 Mbit/s for HD quality. We recommend using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge browsers.
    The link tests can be done on the website: https://www.speedtest.net/

  5. How can you participate in "live" discussions?
    During the conference, there will be an opportunity to ask questions in a chat. Questions will be displayed in the window next to the conference stream. Independently, it will also be watched by the speakers, who will answer questions during the discussions scheduled at the end of each session.

  6. Access to virtual stands of exhibitors.
    Click the company's logo, located under the transmission window or the logo in the "Virtual stands" tab. We invite you to visit the virtual stands.

  7. Why does the image jam and not work smoothly when starting the live broadcast?
    Possible causes:
    • insufficient Internet connection speed,
    • insufficient technical parameters of the recipient's device (weak processor or graphic card, outdated system),
    • software to block advertising or antivirus software,
    • the broadcaster has technical problems with the computer or connection.

    What can be done:
    • make sure that the speed of your Internet connection is sufficient,
    • in the case of the Internet provided by a mobile network, it is best to switch the device to the local network (Ethernet cable, WiFi),
    • run the transmission in other browsers, e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge,
    • close all background applications as well as opened browser cards on the device,
    • try to reduce image quality (if possible).

  8. What to do if the sound is not synchronized with the image?
    You can refresh the page with Ctrl+F5 or Cmd+R on your Apple computer. If you have technical difficulties, please contact the help desk at the e-mail address: conf@medvc.eu

  9. When will the Participant receive the conference materials?
    Conference materials will be available on the conference platform for download for all Conference Participants in the "Downloads".

  10. Will the participants of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery receive educational points?
    YES, the Participant is entitled to educational points. The number of educational points corresponds to the number of hours of substantive lectures and discussions; that is, in case of the Congress, the Participant will receive 12 educational points. In order to receive the certificate, the Participant must log on to the conference platform where the event is broadcast and participate in both lectures and discussions. The certificate specifying the number of points awarded for participation in the Congress will be sent to the Participant within 14 working days from the end of the conference, to the e-mail address provided during registration. A medical student receives a participation certificate without educational points.

  11. Access to recordings from lectures after the conference.
    The recordings of the lectures from the Congress will be made available on the conference transmission platform on 22.10.2020 for 6 months. Access to the recordings will enable individual login and password, received before the conference (used earlier to watch the transmission).


Foreign speakers

  1.  Prof. Luca Aldrighetti (Milan, Italy)
  2. Dr Helmuth Billy (Ventura, USA)
  3. Prof. Markus Büchler (Heidelberg, Germany)   
  4. Prof. Karl - Hermann Fuchs (San Diego, USA)
  5. Prof. Giuseppe Fusai (London, Great Britain)
  6. Prof. Henrik Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  7. Prof. Naoki Hiki (Tokyo, Japan)
  8. Prof. Mohammad Abu Hilal (Brescia, Italy)
  9. Prof. Werner Hohenberger (Erlangen, Germany)
  10. Prof. Santiago Horgan (San Diego, USA)
  11. Prof. Anthony N. Kalloo (Baltimore, USA)
  12. Prof. Jan van Lanschot (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
  13. Prof. Adolf Lukanovic (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  14. Dr Oleh Matsevych (Pretoria, RPA)
  15. Prof. James Moser (Boston, USA)
  16. Prof. Gabriele Naldini (Piza, Italy)
  17. Prof. Menahem Neuman (Western Galilee, Israel)
  18. Prof. Marco Patti  (Chapel Hill, USA)
  19. Prof. Diego Gonzalez Rivas (A Coruña, Spain)
  20. Prof. Yutaka Saito (Tokyo, Japan)
  21. Prof. Steven Schwaitzberg (Buffalo, USA)
  22. Prof. Luc Soler (Strasburg, France)
  23. Dr Tomas Stupnik (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  24. Prof. Lee Swanstrom (Strasbourg, France)  
  25. Prof. Selman Uranüs (Graz, Austria)

Polish speakers

  1. Prof. Andrzej Budzyński (Cracow, Poland)
  2. Dr Andrzej Kwiatkowski (Warsaw, Poland)
  3. Prof. Adam Maciejewski (Gliwice, Poland)
  4. Dr hab. Cezary Piwkowski (Poznan, Poland)
  5. Prof. Tomasz Rechberger (Lublin, Poland)
  6. Prof. Tomasz Rogula (Cracow, Poland)
  7. Prof. Tomasz Skoczylas (Lublin, Poland)
  8. Prof. Wiesław Tarnowski (Warsaw, Poland)
  9. Prof. Kamil Torres (Lublin, Poland)
  10. Prof. Piotr Trojanowski (Lublin, Poland)
  11. Prof. Piotr Wałęga (Cracow, Poland)

Video session

Dear Sir/Madam,

One of the sessions of the 2nd Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery will be a video session, which will start on Saturday, 17.10.2020 at 16.20 and it will be a presentation of submitted original works of the Congress Participants.

We encourage you to submit works in the following thematic categories:

  • Surgery of morbid obesity
  • Techniques and methods of endoscopic therapy in esophageal diseases
  • Colorectal surgery - new surgical methods and techniques
  • Minimally invasive surgery in organ cancers
  • Complications in minimally invasive surgery
  • Laparoscopy in emergency surgery
  • Surgery using minimally invasive techniques: gastrointestinal tract, endocrine surgery, thorax, pelvis minor

Submitted films must be original works. They cannot be previously published or presented at other scientific conferences.

The films should be submitted only electronically, by sending the material to the given e-mail address (chmi@czelej.com.pl), through one of the popular systems for transferring larger files (e.g. Wetransfer.com), by entering "Video Session - CHMI 2020 Congress" in the message content.

The deadline for submitting films for the video session is the 10th of October, 2020.

Detailed regulations are available at the link here Please refer to its contents.
By participating in the Video Session, you accept the provisions of the Regulations.

Patronage and Committee of Honour

Honorary Patronage

Honorary Patronage
of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda

Committee of Honour

Rector of Medical University of Lublin
Prof. dr hab. n. med. Wojciech Załuska

The Lubelskie Province Governor
Lech Sprawka

Marshal of the Lubelskie Voivodship
Jaroslaw Stawiarski

The President of Lublin
Dr Krzysztof Żuk


The Organizer declares that this event is virtual and in accordance with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice. Organizer cannot apply for a Certificate in accordance with the above mentioned Code. However, the Organizer declares that he made every possible effort to ensure that the Event complied with the standards adopted in this Code.

About - summary 2018

It is the first event of this type in Central and Eastern Europe.

We kindly invite you to the second edition of the Congress.

During the first edition of the Congress:

  • registered over 700 participants from Poland and other European countries
  • lectures have been given by over 30 well-known and respected surgeons
  • during the lectures discussed issues extremely important for doctors, but also affecting the quality of treatment in Poland, e.g.: techniques and methods of endoscopic therapy in esophageal diseases, minimally invasive surgery in organ tumors, surgeries utilizing minimally invasive techniques, pathological obesity surgery.
  • doctors participated in video sessions, workshops and training courses

Event Organizers

Main Organizer:

Feliks Skubiszewski Foundation for the Advancement of Surgery

ul. Stanisława Staszica 16, 20-081 Lublin, Poland

Organizer and Congress management:

Czelej Publishing Company

ul. Skrajna 12-14, 20-802 Lublin, Poland


Contact information for exhibitors and sponsors:

Patryk Reszko

e-mail: patryk.reszko@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 099

Contact information for participants:

Łukasz Nowak

e-mail: lukasz.nowak@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 424 105

Oktawiusz Ofiarski

e-mail: oktawiusz.ofiarski@czelej.com.pl

+48 664 911 212