Hungary is situated in the middle of Europe. The country has 10 million inhabitants, 2 million of which is living in and around the capital, Budapest. The history of surgery in Hungary dates back to the beginning of the European surgery. Surgeons in Hungary has always been regarded as being innovative. Good example is that the first surgical stapling instrument was constructed by a Hungarian surgeon, dr. Jenő Pólya in 1908. It was modified and developed further by dr. Aladár Petz. His stapling instrument is still in use in some parts of the world.

In Hungary currently there are 124 hospitals and 115 surgical departments. From these departments 48 has full accreditation for all the coloproctologic procedures. Coloproctology is imminent part of surgery in Hungary and the training in coloproctology is not divided from that in surgery. The Hungarian Surgical Society was founded in 1907. Currently it has more than 1300 members. The web page can be reached at http://www.mst.hu/.

 

The official journal of the society is „Magyar Sebészet”. The society has a Chapter for Coloproctology, which is entitled to organize the scientific work in coloproctology in Hungary. The Hungarian Surgical Society organizes national congress biannual, and the Chapter for Coloproctology holds biannual national meetings. The president of the Hungarian Surgical Society currently is  dr. András Vereczkei (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Secretary is dr. Attila Szijártó (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and the president elect is dr. Gábor István (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Population: 10 million

          ESCP Members: 11

          Society: Hungarian Surgical Society, Chapter for Coloproctology

          ESCP Representative Name: dr. Balazs Banky, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

          Journal(s): Magyar Sebészet

 Achievements:

With the establishment of financial background for the minimally invasive single use instruments within the national insurance system, laparoscopic colorectal surgery has become equally widespread in Hungary to the European standards. Today laparoscopy is the first choice of access for colorectal resections in most of the 50 centers which perform colorectal surgery in high volume. Transanal minimally invasive surgery (including TAMIS and TaTME) has appeared in the available spectrum of procedures, however these dedicated interventions remained available only in super specialized colorectal centers.

Future Plans:

Quality control of Hungarian colorectal centers is the next steps ahead. Previous attempts of national colorectal cancer audits have failed due to methodological and financial reasons. From the year 2021 a new, comprehensive quality control system and volume-outcome measure system has been initiated to improve outcomes and raise quality standards.

Additionally, robotic colorectal surgical activity has is planned to be established over the year 2022, as this technology has been decided to start at 5 dedicated centers of the country. (Until 2022 no single robotic surgical instrument was available in Hungary.) We are looking forward to fitting robotics into the evolving technological spectrum of colorectal surgery.
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