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World's leading surgeons meet in Colchester
SOME of the world’s leading keyhole surgeons gathered in Colchester for a special meeting.
They included keyhole colorectal surgeons from as far afield as Australia, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland, as well as from the UK.
Others, including Antonio Lacy from Barcelona, regarded as the world’s leading keyhole colorectal surgeon, and Professor Mehran Anvari from Hamilton, Canada, joined the “Minimal Access Rectal Surgery” meeting via videoconferencing facilities.
The event was held at The ICENI Centre at Colchester General Hospital, a joint venture between Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Anglia Ruskin University, dedicated to training and research in minimally invasive surgery.
Since 2011, it has been located in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built centre that was opened in March 2011 by the then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
Tan Arulampalam, a consultant surgeon at Colchester Hospital Trust and Clinical Director of The ICENI Centre, said: “It cemented Colchester Hospital Trust and The ICENI Centre’s reputation as a leading centre for surgical research, innovation and training.”
The gathered experts discussed controversial and cutting edge issues in the management of patients with rectal cancer, including innovative approaches to surgery carried out in Colchester.
Mr Arulampalam said the meeting would be held annually and he hoped that some of the experts who came to The ICENI Centre would return in the future to teach.
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