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Essentials of Laparoscopic Surgery (Fellowship)


Course description


This course covers almost the entire spectrum of Surgery that form the workload of the practicing General Surgeon today. Participants for the Fellowship Course shall observe about 250 live surgical procedures from 4 operating theatres during their month of training. The most common surgical procedures, performed laparoscopically, in order of frequency include Cholecystectomy, Groin Hernia repair, Incisional / Ventral Hernia Repair, Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Fundoplication, Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy, Minimal Access anal Fistula treatment (among many others depending on availability).


The Fellowship course is suggested for participants who are beginners in laparoscopy. Apart from Live surgery operative demonstration, the course offers Didactic Lectures, simulated endotraining, Instructional videos and participant interaction with faculty and operation theater staff. The course content includes Basics of laparoscopy, Equipment and Instrumentation, Creation and effects of pneumoperitoneum, Ergonomics, Port placements, Energy sources, Tissue approximation in laparoscopy. Commonly performed laparoscopic operative procedures would also be presented as didactic lectures. These lectures include OT layout, port placements, operative approach and retraction, surgical steps, complications and follow up.


Simulated endotraining consists of varied monoeuvres and exercises to develop and improve hand eye coordination and to develop skills in laparoscopic suturing and knotting. Instructional videos are provided to establish and reinforce concepts gained from live operative demonstrations and didactic lectures.


At the end of the fellowship course, participants shall possess requisite information about the basics of laparoscopy and knowledge of the art and safe performance of commonly performed laparoscopic procedures, both basic and advanced.


CourseDurationCourse Inclusions
ELS Fellowship 1 month
  • 100 hours of Live Surgical Demonstration in OR
  • 20 hours of interactive sessions
  • 18 hours of Didactic lectures
  • 8 sessions of hands-on simulated endo training
  • 8 sessions of instructional videos


*Limited scholarships available from Foundation for Indian nationals