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OASIS Course - "How to Manage OASIS" | Tuesday 24 September 2024 | 08:40 - 17:00 CEST | Venue: Hippokration General Hospital - 1.5km from the Congress Centre

This course is aimed at all practitioners who are involved in the management of the Obstetric Anal Sphincters Injuries (OASIS), i.e. colorectal surgeons, obstetricians, midwives, general surgeons, etc. It will feature concepts and techniques of repairing OASIS, and also the optimal timing for the repair. Moreover, it will be elucidated how to prevent them and how and when to follow the patients after the delivery.

A special focus will be dedicated to the most reliable diagnostics to be used in this complex condition. The second part of the course will provide a “hands on” session on a reliable model of OASIS to repair different degrees of sphincters injuries under the guide of expert proctors.

Fee: ESCP Member: €300 (excluding VAT) | Non-Member: €400 (excluding VAT).

Course Director
Prof. Carlo Ratto



08:40 Welcome
08:50 Functional anatomy of the perineum: why it is so important to know it… even in the delivery room
09:10 Normality and abnormality of vaginal birth: episiotomy, suction cup, forceps, lacerations, hematomas
09:30 Epidemiology of childbirth injuries
09:50 Diagnostics of obstetric lesions and classification
10:10 New perspectives for a reliable assessment of OASIS
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Surgical repair of 3rd and 4th degree perineal lacerations and post-operative management
11:30 Follow up and obstetric prognosis after OASIS
11:50 The treatment of fecal incontinence: how and when?
12:10 Question time
12:45 Light lunch
14:00 PRACTICAL SESSION ON SIMULATOR: Repair of 3rd and 4th degree lacerations on basic organic model (bovine tongue) and associated vagino-perineal repair
17:00 Conclusion

Following the success registered at the 2022 and 2023 ESCP Conferences in Dublin and Vilnius, ESCP will feature again this year the Pre-Conference Course on “How to Manage OASIS” (Obstetric Anal Sphincters Injuries), a very relevant condition involving not only obstetricians, but definitely also coloproctologists and, more at large, any general surgeons.


Carlo Ratto, MD, FASCRS
Associate Professor in General Surgery at Catholic University
Chief of Proctology Unit, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli”, IRCCS
Rome, Italy

Carlo Ratto, Course Director, explains the novelty and utility of the OASIS Course:

Despite the efforts in improving safety of the childbirth, the OASIS still represent a quite frequent event which needs hopefully immediate interventions (much better if performed by well-trained obstetrician/surgeon) to prevent faecal incontinence. The optimal diagnostic work up (to avoid occult or underestimated sphincters lesions), the best timing and modality of repair, and the best postoperative management (including treatment of persistence/recurrence of faecal incontinence) are still debated and not standardised.

The OASIS Course promoted by ESCP, this year for the third time, is aimed to discuss all critical steps of diagnosis and repair of OASIS by a well-experienced Faculty. Moreover, the Course will offer to the participants the unique opportunity to be trained on a realistic model of OASIS, on which each single participant will be able to perform a repair of severe to moderate OASIS.

Register for the OASIS Course and become confident in managing an urgent and very complex clinical condition, saving the future health of your patients!

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