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Date:5/4/2010

nal average for esophageal surgery cases for graduating residents in 2009 was five, and this included anti-reflux procedures). In this study period, 54 such cases were performed in the assigned time periods.

Paul Montero, MD, Fellow at Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program at Carolinas Medical Center, said the study should comfort the patient who needs elective complex laparoscopic surgery at a training institution in the early part of the academic year. "The study demonstrates that an apprenticeship model with graduated responsibility in an academic surgical program can result in safe and effective operative outcomes while giving high quality training," Dr. Montero said. "In an era of advancing technology, potential shortages of surgeons, and work-hour restrictions, this finding is very important as we continue to train new surgeons."

Dr. Montero cautioned that the study focuses on a single training institute and a single, complex laparoscopic procedure, and although the same surgeons at the Carolinas Medical Center have drawn similar conclusions when analyzing other complex laparoscopic procedures such as colon resection and paraesophageal hernia repair, but the finding of equally safe outcomes in the early versus late academic year cannot be applied to all complex surgeries or all surgical training centers.

Dr. Montero will present these data on Tuesday, May 4 at 8 a.m. CT in Hall F, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Ampullectomy: Long Term Results of a Large Multicenter Prospective Study (Abstract #788f)

New research from the French Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SFED) demonstrates the long term efficacy of endoscopic ampullectomy for treating ampullary adenoma, early tumors of the small muscle located at the junction of the common bile duct (carrying bile from the liver and secretions from the pancreas) into the upper small intestine. Endoscopic ampullectomy was found to be more precise than sur
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