08:00 - 12:30

Educational: 9th Anorectal and Pelvic Ultrasound Workshop

Venue: Hospital Waldfriede, Argentinische Allee 40, 14163 Berlin

  • Introduction - Anders Mellgren (USA) and Giulio Santoro (Italy)
  • Normal ultrasound anatomy of the anal canal - Anders Mellgren (USA)
  • Assessment of obstetric anal sphincter injuries - Abdul H. Sultan (United Kingdom)
  • Anal ultrasound in complex anal fistulas - Johan Nordenstam (USA)
  • Pelvic floor ultrasound: technique and normal anatomy - Pawel Wieczorek (Poland)
  • Ultrasound assessment of pelvic organ prolapse and obstructed defecation - Giulio Santoro (Italy)
  • Preoperative ultrasound staging of rectal cancer - Anders Mellgren (USA)
  • Ultrasound in colorectal practice: do we need it? - Klaus Matzel (Germany)

09:30 -11:30

Educational: Core Subject Update

Chairs: Mark Potter (UK), Pierpaolo Sileri (Italy)

  • Imaging in rectal cancer treatment - Geerard Beets (The Netherlands)
  • Guidelines for faecal incontinence - Yasuko Maeda (UK)
  • Management of acute diverticulitis - Marja A Boermeester (The Netherlands)
  • Definition, prevention and treatment of postoperative ileus - Martin Hübner (Switzerland)
  • Bowel preparation - Yves Panis (France)
11:30 - 11:35 Official Opening
11:35 - 12:35

Symposium: Enhanced Recovery Programmes: Where are we after 20 years?

Chairs: Nicolas Demartines (Switzerland), Olle Ljungqvist (Sweden)

  • Prehabilitation in the elderly - Christianne Buskens (The Netherlands)
  • ERAS: what's left of it? - Jose M Ramirez (Spain)
  • Pain management - do's and dont's - Nicolas Demartines (Switzerland)
  • Panel debate
12:35 - 13:15 Exhibition opens - sandwich lunch available
13:15 - 14:45

International Trials Results Forum

Presentations of completed trials with Expert commentary

Chair: Thomas Pinkney (UK)

Trial presentations will include the first international presentation of:

  • CReST - Jim Hill (UK) with Expert commentary by Thomas Pinkney (UK)
  • LIRIC - Willem Bemelman (The Netherlands) with Expert commentary by Eloy Espin Basany (Spain)
  • GRECCAR6 - Jérémie Lefevre (France) with Expert commentary by Pieter Tanis (The Netherlands)
  • REHAB - Yves Panis (France) with Expert commentary by Carolynne Vaizey (UK)
  • FIAT - David Jayne (UK) with Expert commentary by Charles Knowles (UK)
  • Results of 2017 ESCP cohort study on Left Colon, Sigmoid and Rectal Resections Audit - Alaa El-Hussuna (Denmark)
  • EuroSurg student initiative - Ruth Blanco-Colino (Spain)
13:15 - 14:45

Surgical Video Session

Chairs: Mark Katory (UK), Julius Orhalmi (Czech Republic), Samson Tou (UK)

  • V01: Laparoscopic CME right hemicolectomy for advanced ascending colon cancer - Ng Jia Lin (Singapore)
  • V02: Improving exposure with laparoscopic mobilisation of the splenic flexure in lateral position - Marco von Strauss und Torney (Switzerland)
  • V03: Ano-vaginal and perineal reconstruction with X-flap and sphincteroplasty for cloaca-like deformity after severe obstetric injury - Vita Klimasauskiene (UK)
  • V04: Single docking robotic anterior resection with the da Vinci Xi system with integrated table motion.: standardised technique - Sofoklis Panteleimonitis (UK)
  • V05: Complete D3 anterior and posterior mesenterectomy - Robin Gaupset (Norway)
  • V06: Step-by-step procedures of taTME according to pelvic surgical anatomies for low rectal cancer - Masaaki Ito (Japan)
  • V07: Rectocolposacropexy with a new robotic assisted technique - Gabriele Naldini (Italy)
  • V08: Transanal repair of a recto-urethral fistula after prostatectomy - Marek Zawadzki (Poland)
  • V09: Extended gracilis myocutaneous flap: a different option for perineal and vaginal reconstruction after posterior pelvic exenteration for rectal cancer - Luis Sanchez-Guillen (Spain)
  • V10: Robotic right hemicolectomy with utilisation of a next generation single port system: a cadaveric feasibility study - Tony Mak (Hong Kong)
14:45 - 15:15

Keynote Lecture: Management of Early Colorectal Cancer

Chair: Donato Altomare (Italy)

Speaker: Helmut Messmann (Germany)

15:15 - 15:40 Coffee Break/Exhibition/Posters
15:15 – 15:40 Small Hall Session
15:40 - 16:40 Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium
15:40 - 16:40

Symposium: Management of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Chairs: Eva Angenete (Sweden), Ronan O'Connell (Ireland)

  • Sexuality after APE in women - Alessandra Graziottin (Italy)
  • Image-guided treatment of functional pelvic floor disorders - Georgios Pechlivanides (Greece)
  • MDT approach in pelvic floor disorders - Thomas Schiedeck (Germany)
16:40 - 17:40

Educational: Best Publications of the Year

Presentation and discussion of the last year's best papers and their clinical impact

Chairs: Dieter Hahnloser (Switzerland), Klaus Matzel (Germany)


  • Rectal cancer, IBD, benign disease - Emmanuel Tiret (France)
  • Colon cancer, functional disease - Edgar Furnee (The Netherlands)

16:40 - 17:40
Plenary Hall

Free Papers (Functional Disorders & IBD)

Chairs: Ondrej Ryska (Czech Republic), Jared Torkington (UK)

  • F01: Bowel dysfunction in the Danish general population – a presentation of “The LARS Score” normative data: - Therese Juul (Denmark)
  • F02: The natural history of anterior resection syndrome: the results of a longitudinal long-term follow-up study - Danette B Wright (Australia)
  • F03: Outcome of laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for internal rectal prolapse: a prospective cohort study of 546 patients with independent data analysis - Ugo Grossi (UK)
  • F04: Disease-specific operative experience in ulcerative colitis (UC): does that matter - Liliana Bordeianou (USA)
  • F05: Value of the mechanical bowel preparation (MBP) in patients with Crohn’s disease - Igors Iesalnieks (Germany)
  • F06: An international comparative cohort study of the surgical management of patients with ulcerative colitis in England and Sweden - Guy Worley (UK)

16:40 - 17:40
Parallel Hall 1

Free Papers (IBD and Miscellaneous)

Chair: Ada Rosen (Israel), Baljit Singh (UK)

  • F07: Inflammation at distal ileocaecal resection margin increases postoperative Crohn’s recurrence - Karin A.T.G.M. Wasmann (The Netherlands)
  • F08: Case matched comparison of transanal versus transabdominal rectal dissection in restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis - Vivian P. Bastiaenen (The Netherlands)
  • F09: Air leak test to confirm anastomotic patency following distal colorectal resections: an integrated systematic review and meta-analysis of published randomized, controlled trials - Sameh Farag (UK)
  • F10: Hospital variability in restoring continuity after low anterior resection for rectal cancer - Wernard A.A. Borstlap (The Netherlands)
  • F11: Delta Neutrophil index (DNI) as a predictive marker of early surgery and intensive care requirement in postoperative adhesive small bowel obstruction (SBO) - Ik Yong Kim (Republic of Korea)
  • F12: A fecal diverting device (FDD) for the substitution of defunctioning stoma; a randomized controlled trial (RCT) - Jae Hwang Kim (Republic of Korea)
17:40 - 17:55

Educational: ESCP Fellowships Update

Chairs: Mark Potter (UK), David Zimmerman (The Netherlands)


  • Alaa El-Hussuna (Denmark) visited St Vincent's University Hospital, Ireland
  • Foo Fung Joon (Singapore) visited Beaujon Hospital, Paris, France
17:55 - 18:00

Presentation of the Lars Påhlman EBSQ medal

Presenter: Stefan Post (Germany) 

ESCP award the Lars Påhlman EBSQ medal to the highest merit of EBSQ examinees in 2016. This year, the medal is awarded to Nicolas Buchs (Switzerland).  

18:00 - 18:25 Small Hall Session
18:30 - 18:55 Small Hall Session
 18:00 - 19:30

Educational: Coloproctology 3.0 : The Cutting Edge of Online Innovation

Chairs: Richard Brady (UK), Julio Mayol (Spain)

  • Introduction to the session & the evolution of #coloproctology 3.0 - Richard Brady (UK)
  • The online surgeon - artificial intelligence and the future of colorectalproctology online - Julio Mayol (Spain)
  • Serious games and simulation in surgery - Marlies Schijven (The Netherlands)
  • Mobile Health and apps in coloproctology - Angus Watson (UK)
  • Open skills vs formal validation: present and future of MOOC's - Rodrigo Menchaca (Spain)
  • Virtual reality, Snapchat and the future of surgical teaching - Shafi Ahmed (UK)
19:30 - 20:30

ESCP Welcome Posters and Welcome Reception in the Exhibition Area

View Welcome Posters here

ESCP Affiliates