Welcome to the Austrian page of the ESCP

As a national representative, I would like to provide you with specific information on the coloproctologic world in Austria.

The Austrian working group of Coloproctology (ACP) was founded in 1993 and is part of the Austrian Society of Surgery. Yearly, there are more than six different specialized coloproctologic courses, guest visits and several hostings at the yearly Austrian Surgical Meeting as well as consensus papers (treatment of hemorrhoids, anal HPV, anal cancer) organized and done by the coloprotctologic working group. 

A national ‘Training Certificate in Coloproctology’ (by the ACP) enables interested colleagues to undertake a structured and specialized training in coloproctology and enables qualification for national members to the EBSQ Coloproctology

Annually, part of the Austrian coloprotologic surgeons meet at the annual ESCP meeting: just ask and meet at the 'traditional Austrian ESCP-evening' that takes part here!

There are several coloproctologic courses for coloproctologic colleagues in Austria arranged by the ACP yearly. They are focusing on: anatomy, examination, operation techniques, dermatology & STD, pelvic floor diseases and endosonography. The training certification dures a minimum of 3 years and covers several theoretical and practical sessions, an operation catalogue, attendance of meetings and job shadowing in coloproctologic centers, it ends up with an official certification by the ACP.

Under the ACP’s patronage, the biennially, international Innsbruck Coloproctologic Wintermeeting (ICW) takes place in Tyrol (Igls, Innsbruck) since 2001. There is another patronage at the annual meeting of the Austrian Society of Surgical Oncology every October. The international congress of the European Federation for Colorectal Cancer (EFR) takes place every two years in Vienna.


please find updated information on national coloproctologic studies, meetings and courses here:

www.coloproctology-austria.at (German) and

https://www.coloproctology-austria.at (English)


Population: 8,933,000
ESCP Members: 47

Society: Austrian Society of Surgery: Austrian working group for Coloproctology (ACP)
ESCP Representative Name: Felix Aigner

National Examination: General Surgery (w/o optional specialisation in Coloproctology), Training Certificate in Coloproctology (ACP)

Journal(s): European Surgery, Coloproctology, International Journal of Colorectal Disease, Colorectal Disease



Current Research:

CovidSurg3 - is an international prospective cohort study aiming to determine 30-day mortality in patients with peri-operative SARS-CoV-2 infection and Inform future risk stratification, decision making and patient consent

EAGLE - Safe-anastomosis Programme in Colorectal Surgery - an international, multicentre, cluster-randomised service/improvement trial of the 'ESCP Safe-anastomosis Quality Improvement Intervention' to reduce anastomotic leakage after right hemicolectomy and ileocoecal resection. Any hospital or surgical department performing elective and/or emergency colorectal surgery can participate.
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MiFlaPro-trial: national multidisciplinary randomized placebo controlled Phase III trial: Flavonoids in hemorrhagic radiation proctitis 

INSPIRE – stem cell therapy in patients with Crohn’s Disease

IBD & Surgery: TNF antibody therapy in IBD after bowel resection

anal HPV: therapy management, AdAM-trial

Several other studies are organized by the ABCSG - Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group (http://www.abcsg.at). A forthcoming study will be “Endurance training in patients after colorectal cancer to prevent recurrence”.

 LARS Austria - online-registry: observational prospective study on LARS following rectal resection w/o neoadjuvant chemoradiation  



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