February 25 - 28, 2015 Red Rock Hotel, Las Vegas
  Join us for the premier meeting of thought leaders and pioneers in minimally invasive surgery.  
Topics: Hernia • Foregut • Colon • Bariatric/Metabolic
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The 2015 MISS will offer optional MOC self-assessment credit!

Overview of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) Surgical Conference

The 15th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) will consist of lectures, panel discussions, debates, and video presentations by world-renowned experts who will discuss the most recent advances in laparoscopic for bariatric/metabolic, colon and hernia surgery.

Who Should Attend

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) is designed for general, colorectal, and bariatric surgeons with laparoscopic and open skills. Surgical residents and fellows are welcome at reduced rates. For the Bariatric/Metabolic Program, an interdisciplinary approach is utilized and all members of the bariatric team are encouraged to attend, including NPs, PAs, RNs, and other practice managers.

Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation pending. Please check back for updates.

Course Objectives

Colon Program Course Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:
  • Review the technical aspects of laparoscopic colectomy with an emphasis on complicated disease processes including the reoperative abdomen, advanced malignancies and pelvic dissection.
  • Illustrate the principles of laparoscopic colon resection for benign and malignant disease with an emphasis on complex cases.
  • Discuss the available strategies to improve perioperative outcomes.
  • Review the different techniques of anastomotic creation and the potential ways to avoid and treat anastomotic leaks.
  • Detail the different options for minimally invasive abdominal procedures including laparoscopy, handassisted techniques, the use of the robot and SILS.

Hernia Program Course Objectives
After completing this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Understand the current common techniques for inguinal hernia repair
  • Understand open and laparoscopic techniques for repair of ventral and incisional hernias.
  • Understand the differences among biologic, synthetic and biosynthetic meshes and when best to use them.

Foregut Program Course Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:
  • Ascertain and describe medical and surgical treatment options for GERD
  • Describe treatments for GERD and esophageal cancer
  • Identify and manage complications of surgical treatment for GERD
  • Identify and manage recurrence of disease

Metabolic/Bariatric Program Course Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:
  • Summarize the recent research on obesity causes including genetic and biologic factors
  • Discuss the pros and cons for current bariatric surgical options for obese patients, and describe the appropriate perioperative care;
  • Review the clinical trial evidence documenting the impact of bariatric surgery on cardiovascular morbidity, mortality, and risk factors.
  • Discuss the efficacy of current obesity management strategies, including lifestyle, diets, pharmacology, and surgery.
  • Diagnose and treat comorbidities associated with obesity including cancers, diabetes and heart disease.

  • Please check back for additional accreditation information.