The Minimal Invasive Surgery Associations of Switzerland (Swiss-MIS, former SALTC), Germany (DGAV-CAMIC) and Austria (AMIC) announce:

The 18th Tripartite Meeting in Minimal Invasive Surgery (Dreiländertreffen)

27th—28th February, 2020 at the Starling Hotel in Geneva
In association with the 28th Symposium of the Association Suisse Romande de Chirurgie Coelioscopique ASRCC
Guest MIS Society: Société Française de Chirurgie Endoscopique SFCE

Program Highlights:
flash sessions on novelties in all disciplines of minimal invasive surgery
updates and state of the art lectures by international eminent speakers
4 nations-expert panel discussion of clinical cases with interactive audience voting system
keynote lectures on hot topics in surgery
best minimal inva­­­sive surgery video competition: presentations & prizes

Welcome to the 18th Tripartite Meeting

It is a pleasure to welcome you in Geneva, at the 18th Tripartite meeting in Minimal Invasive Surgery. This congress is the continuation of the well-established «Dreiländertreffen in Minimal Invasiver Chirurgie» that has been held every year in turn in one of the three German speaking countries, by the corresponding national society
in minimal invasive surgery: The Chirurgische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Minimal-Invasive Chirurgie (CAMIC) of Germany, the Österreichische Gesell­schaft für Minimal Invasive Chirurgie (AMIC) from Austria or the Swiss Association of Thoracoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery (SALTS), recently renamed Swiss-MIS.

This year, as it’s Switzerland’s turn to organize the meeting, we wanted to reach out to the French speaking part of our country, and organize an event jointly with the Association Suisse Romande de Chirurgie Coelioscopique (ASRCC). At this occasion, we thought it would be enriching to invite a 4th country – France – as a guest and we are happy to welcome the Société Française de Chirurgie Endoscopique (SFCE)

In the scientific program, we repropose the popular ASRCC «Flash session: new and hot in MIS», and the traditional «Best MIS video award». As per «Drei­ländertreffen» practice, eminent speakers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland were selected to talk on hot topics. This year we also invited French and other international opinion leaders to share their experience with us. We wanted to have an interactive meeting and benefit at most from this international get together, so we organized case presentations where international experts will confront their opinions on controversial clinical scenarios. Finally, we added talks that relate to a more philosophical dimension of our practice, such as surgeons’ quality of life, integrated multidisciplinarity, artificial intelligence, or the quest of simplicity in surgery. The result is an exciting scientific pro­gram that we truly hope you will enjoy.

Last but not least, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a very nice social evening at the ICEBERGUES on the borders of lake Geneva. On behalf of the organizing and scientific committee, welcome again in Geneva!

Yours sincerely

Prof. Dimitri Christoforidis, President of Swiss-MIS and Prof. Frédéric Ris, President of ARSCC

The Program

Thursday, 27 February 2020


Time Subject Speaker Moderator
8:15 Opening and welcome words from president(s) F. Ris & D. Christoforidis
8:30 ASRCC Flash sessions: new and hot in MIS
J. Dubuisson (Geneva)
Ch. Iselin (Geneva)
C. Oberkofler (Zurich)
D. Hahnloser (Lausanne)
U. Dietz (Olten)
P. Fournier
I. Fournier
9:30 Multidisciplinary session: endometriosis
Shaving vs. resection for rectal involvement
Management of ureter involvement
Fertility after pelvic surgery
M. Müller (Bern)
G. Wirth (Geneva)
N. Pluchino (Geneva)
A. Saadi
P. Petignat
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Keynote lecture:
«Lessons learned from running an integrated multidisciplinary department»
D. Candinas (Bern) Intro by J. Lavanchy
TaTME: where we stand in 2020
Standardized minimal invasive right hemicolectomy with CME:
concept of the German CME group
Low impact colorectal surgery
M. Adamina (Winterthur)
A. Türler (Bonn)C. De Chaisemartin (Marseille)
Ch. Wullstein, W. Brunner, F. Herbst
12:00 Innovation lecture:
Single port robotics: first experiences with the Da Vinci SP robot
J. Nordenstam (Chicago) Intro by D. Christoforidis
12:30 Short 3x CR case presentations to expert panel
– Oncological
– Anastomosis
N. Cerasani (Bonn)
C. Vallet (Lausanne)
F. Mongelli (Lugano)
D. Christoforidis
C. De Chaisemartin,
A. Tuerler, F. Herbst,
J. Nordenstam, N. Buchs
13:00 Lunch Break
MIS for necrotizing pancreatitis
MIS pancreas resection
What does MIS bring to HBP surgery
Re-do MIS liver surgery: tips & tricks
ERAS in HBP surgery
R. Függer (Linz)
T. Keck (Lübeck)
Ch. Toso (Geneva)
D. Fuks (Paris)
E. Melloul (Lausanne)
N. Halkic, K. Kaczirek,
T. Keck
15:30 Short 3x HBP case presentations to expert panel
case 1
case 2
case 3

C. Oberkofler (Zurich)
K. Kobayashi (Lausanne)
A. Peloso (Geneva)

E. Uldry
N. Halkic, K. Kaczireck, T. Keck, D. Fuks
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Keynote lecture:
Life-work balance for surgeons
R. Mittermair (Klagenfurt) Intro by F. Ris
16:50 Complications session
Have we learned to measure complications yet?
Novelties in managing complications with MIS
— Upper GI/bariatrics
— HBP: the biliary fistula
D. Vetter (Zurich)

R. Pescaru (Canada)
K. Kaczirek (Wien)

R. Kraus, A. Shamiyeh, B. Müller
17:40 Keynote lecture:
Artificial intelligence in Surgery
L. Maier-Hein (Heidelberg) Intro by J. Lavanchy
18:00 Best video award session – ALA surgery platform
Video 1
Video 2
Video 3
Video 4
Video 5
Public vote and award (jury and public prize)
E. Magne, F. Ris, D. Christoforidis, A. Türler, R. Mittermair
18:30 End of 1st day
19:30 Conference Dinner
Friday, 28 February 2020


Time Subject Speaker Moderator
Paraesophageal hernia: is the mesh controversy over?
Bariatrics novelties/controversies
Robotic esofageal surgery
Laparoscopic vs. Open oncological gastrectomy
E. Magne (Bordeaux)
Y. Borbély (Bern)
P. Grimmiger (Mainz)
B. Müller (Heidelberg)
R. Pescarus, G. Prager, Ch. Wullstein, S. Moenig
10:00 Short 3x Upper GI case presentations to expert panel
— bariatric case
— upper GI case
— upper GI case
K. Linke (Clarunis)
M. Chevalley (HUG)
G. Peros (Kantonsspital Winterthur)
Ch. Gutschow
R. Pescarus, G. Prager, Ch. Wullstein,
S. Moenig, E. Magne
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Keynote lecture:
The quest for simplicity in surgery
P. Majno-Hürst (Lugano) Intro by D. Christoforidis
Component separation techniques: open surgery
component separation techniques: MIS
Iguinal hernia : mesh fixation controversies
Robotic hernia repair
M. Garcia Ureña (Madrid)
L. Jörgensen (Kopenhagen)
K. Zarras (Düsseldorf)
Y. Kudsi (Boston)
Ph. Kirchhoff, A. Buia, H. Weiss
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Keynote lecture:
Management of the occlusive colorectal cancer: lessons learned from the AFC database
D. Mege (Marseille) Intro by F. Ris
13:50 Surgical training in MIS in 4 European countries: systems, challenges and opportunities for growth and exchange
D. Fuks (Paris)
F. Nickel (Heidelberg)
Ch. Pizzera (Graz)
H. Misteli (Uster)
D. Hahnloser (Lausanne)
U. Dietz, B. Müller, R. Mittermair, C. De Chaisemartin
14:30 Keynote lecture:
The transoral thyroidectomy: where we stand
J. Vidal-Fortuny (Geneva/Sion) Intro by F. Ris
14:50 Coffee break
15:10 Video session MIS in emergency: tips & tricks
Peritonitis and post-op septic complications
Internal hernia post bariatric surgery
The rotten cholecystitis
Small bowel occlusion
Upper GI perforation
Incarcerated hernia
A. Buia (Langen)
F. Garofalo (Lugano)
A. Shamiyeh (Linz)
C. Benecke (Lübeck)
G. Prager (Wien)
J. Lavanchy (Bern)
D. De Lorenzi,
B. Müller, F. Herbst
16:30 Meeting Closure F. Ris & D. Christoforidis

Swiss-MIS ASRCC Video Award

Swiss-MIS Video Award

for the best video in minimal invasive surgery award at the Geneva Tripartite meeting by Swiss-MIS and ASRCC is open now.

Submit your Video
maximum length 5 Min., no sound with a short description on until 9th of February 2020.

How-to-tutorial (pdf)

The best 5 videos
will be selected for presentation at the meeting and the winner will get 1‘000.- CHF, the 2nd Prize is 300,- CHF and the 3rd 150,- CHF.

first author and video creator must be max 40 years old. No prize will be given if the video author is not present at the meeting.

Download flyer (pdf)

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