Flexible Access Surgery
Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Venue:  Room Number 121, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ

Location: No 33 on the South Kensington Campus Map, available here.

Workshop Aims
A century ago the American surgeon William Halsted declared “…that the tendency will always be in the direction of exercising greater care when operating”.  Since the first laparoscopic appendectomy in 1981there has been a paradigm shift in surgical technique towards minimally invasive surgery (MIS). In general surgery, for example, laparoscopy has now replaced laparotomy as the gold standard in many cases. Transumbilical Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) and, more recently, Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), offer the possibility of further reducing or eliminating abdominal scars, but are highly technically challenging. 

In this workshop we explore both the challenges faced when utilising MIS approaches, and the development and application of robotic platforms to overcome these barriers and improve surgical performance. The workshop will comprise of a series of talks from leading clinicians and engineers, followed by panel discussions, with a focus on emerging advances within the field.

Topics to be covered:
  • Clinical experience with flexible access surgery
  • Early experience with robotic-assisted flexible access surgery
  • Economic, clinical and research barriers facing surgical robotics
  • Emerging robotic platforms


09:30 – 10:00
Welcome: Next Generation Surgery – Prof Richard Satava, University of Washington, Washington, USA
10:00 – 10:30
SILS - Mr Barry Paraskevas, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
10:30 – 11:00
A Robotic System for Transnasal Skull Base Surgery – Prof Robert Webster, Vanderbilt School of Engineering, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:00
NOTES and Flexible Access Surgery - Mr James Clark, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
12:00 – 12:30
Endoluminal Interventions and Microrobotics - Prof Arianna Menciassi, The Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
12:30 – 13:00
Closing Remarks: Full Life Cycle Development of Curriculum for Robotics Skills Training Using Simulation – Prof Richard Satava, University of Washington, Washington, USA


Mikael Sodergren, Imperial College London
Jianzhong Shang, Imperial College London
Hani Marcus, Imperial College London
Chris Payne, Imperial College London