March 21-22, ATHENS
Dr. Linos, always a pioneer in medical developments, participated in the 1st Hellenic Conference of the Society of Medical Studies “What’s new in Medicine”. In his speech “Developments in minor invasive surgery”, Dr. Linos talked about the Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES).
The Conference took place in the Hilton hotel in Athens, Greece, Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of March.
What is NOTES?
NOTES stands for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery. It is a new type of minimal invasive surgical procedure, which is currently being researched and studied in hospitals and universities around the world. It is considered to be the next big revolution in the field of surgery after laparoscopy.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) created the Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR), a joint initiative which aims to study and develop this new technique.
The idea of NOTES was developed several years ago in response to ideas for less invasive surgical procedures with reduced recovery time, less physical discomfort associated with traditional procedures and virtually no visible scarring. Such advantages have spurred research and investigation forward, encouraging physicians and researchers to develop new equipment and techniques to use during NOTES procedures.
Dr. Linos has participated in both international NOTES conferences, in Arizona in March 2006 and in Boston in June 2007. On the 3rd and 4th of July, he is organizing the 1st International Hands-on Course in Athens. The faculty consists of discerned and highly trained Greek and international surgeons and gastroenterologists.