Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons | MIS Week 2022

MIS Week 2022

September 7-10, 2022
Minimally Invasive Surgery Week 2022
The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel
and Louisiana State University (LSU)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The Future of MIS


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This page contains conference details and proceedings including educational materials and podcasts of the MISWeek, The #1 MIS Meeting, Minimally Invasive Surgery Week and SLS Annual Meeting. An event taking place September 7-10, MISWeek 2022 is a multispecialty conference presented by the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (fka Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons). Its target audience consists of general surgeons, gynecologists, urologists, pediatric, thoracic surgeons and others interested in laparoscopic, endoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. The Meeting consists of Plenary Sessions; Focused topic updates on multiple clinical problems and applications; Expert review and discussion of surgical videos showing accidents, mishaps, and surprises as well as strategies to prevent them; Deconstruction and discussion of video-taped surgeries performed by master surgeons; Exhibitions; Competitions for Best Papers, Videos, and Scientific Posters; Future Technology Sessions; and General Surgery, Gynecology, Urology, and Multispecialty Scientific Presentations in peer-reviewed abstract sessions. The meeting is open to students, residents, fellows, clinicians and others allied to the field.

Program details will be updated as they become available. Please check back to see what’s new!




Suturing Skills Course-Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing – for the Gynecologist, Urologist, and General and Robotic Surgeon
Participants will learn the uses and limitations of laparoscopic suturing. Suturing with two hands ipsilaterally allows the needle to operate in the sagittal plane, while permitting a restful and relaxed attitude of the elbows, forearms and hands. This course equips all attendees with improved suturing skills and insight into applications during surgery. Objectives: Course participants will be better able to understand ergonomics, theory and rationale for reproducible and efficient laparoscopic suturing; learn port positions, instruments and tips to minimize fulcrum and maximize efficiency, perform interrupted suturing, continuous suturing, cinch knotting; apply learned skills in relevant surgical situations across specialties; and the prevention and management of bowel, bladder and ureteral complications by appropriate suture repair. A pre-test and post-test will demonstrate improvement in skills.

Mastering Tools and Techniques in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Surgical thinking and practice continues to evolve as our collective knowledge base and experience increase. Minimally invasive approaches have expanded the surgical armamentarium. Multiple energy modalities are available to the surgeon ranging from the traditional monopolar, bipolar to ultrasound and advanced tissue sealing bipolar devices. The differences between the energy sources will be described and compared. Participants will have an opportunity to use all of the different modalities and observe their effects. Techniques for safe removal of tissues and retrieval of specimens must be understood and mastered. Skill and indications for endoscopic stent placement for fistula and perforation management, the role of ureteral stents, the use of ICG fluorescence technologies, applications of surgical meshes and the use of suture assist devices will be highlighted. Objectives: Participants will understand the indications, contraindications, benefits and limitations of new techniques and technologies in MIS procedures. Participants will learn the proper technique for tissue extraction and specimen retrieval, the use of energy sources, stents, ICG fluorescence technologies, and the applications and limitations of these techniques in clinical practice, and more.

Minilaparoscopy Hands-on Skills Course
The application of new technologies to minimally invasive abdominal surgery has brought great interest in recent years. A new field of reduced port surgery has come into the surgical scene. Minilaparoscopy (Mini) has stood out as one of the more reproducible techniques amongst the different varieties of reduced port options due to its simplicity, enhanced dexterity, improved visualization, low cost and above all, safety. Less analgesic consumption due to less postoperative pain, early recovery and outstanding cosmesis are features that are hard to be equaled by other techniques. The surgeon must be familiarized with the rationale for this surgical alternative and the equipment needed in order to safely and properly apply the principles of Mini in clinical practice. Objectives: After this course the student will understand the basic principles and science behind Mini, and will be able to identify the instruments and specific surgical techniques to safely apply Mini in clinical scenarios. Participants will have an opportunity to develop basic skills necessary for incorporating Mini technologies in their surgical repertoire.


Current Problems in General Surgery – Perspectives from the Experts
Surgical thinking and practice continues to evolve as our collective knowledge base and experience increase. Minimally invasive approaches have expanded the surgical armamentarium. The choices of technique and technologies available for use are also expanding at a time when access to and use of technology must be reconciled against procedural costs and clinical outcomes. The applications, indications and limitations of laparoscopic and robotic solutions in hernia repair, colon resection, surgical treatment of GERD, and the management of pancreatic malignancies will be reviewed by a panel of experts. The work up, management algorithms, technical details and postoperative management will be highlighted. Objectives: By the end of the course, participants will:  Understand the indications, contraindications, benefits and limitations of laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches in the management of conditions commonly encountered in general surgical practice. The appropriate work up, treatment options and management algorithms, surgical techniques and postoperative management in managing inguinal and incisional hernias, lesions of the colon, symptomatic GERD and pancreatic malignancies.




• The Source of Surgical Complications: Man, Machine, or Both

• Surgery as a Team Sport: What Makes a Great Team?

• Developing and Transferring Skills from Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Working at Home to Coaching and Mentoring

• Cross Collaboration in Minimally Invasive Surgery – Why are the Lines Drawn so Straight?



Experts share their state of the art in the application of robots to their surgical specialties.


Presentations by MIS leaders from around the globe.


Videos will show an unexpected event or complication that occurred during a real surgical case study, followed by the corrective action taken to remedy it. The presentation will be marked by several video pause intervals when the presenter will interact with the expert panel of surgeons, urologists, and gynecologists, as well as the audience in a lively discussion of alternative options, etc.


Scientific Paper, Video, and Poster Presentations


• Sit-down Breakfast with the 2022 Excel Award Recipient and the 2022 Janis Chinnock Wetter Award Recipient

• Excel Award Presentation

• Janis Chinnock Wetter Award Presentation

• Future Technology Session with Keynote Speaker


* Program is preliminary and subject to change.




Minimally Invasive Surgery Week 2022, The Future of MIS, employs a variety of educational formats including topical general sessions, the presentation of scientific papers, open forums, posters, and original videos.

The increasing complexity of minimally invasive diagnostics and therapy requires a continuous educational process. The exchange of knowledge and expertise among the physicians taking part in this conference contributes to the continuation of excellence in minimally invasive surgery.

Upon completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Increase comprehension of the basic and fundamental principles of laparoscopic, endoscopic, and minimally invasive techniques, enhancing the participant’s understanding of these techniques;
  • Understand the recent advances in laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive techniques;
  • Determine the appropriate use of laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive equipment as part of a treatment plan in the care of patients;
  • Comprehend the developing technologies that will be available in the future to enhance the standard of patient care; and
  • Acquire educational information within the physician’s specialty, which will enhance their professional development and patient care.



In order to provide a high level of continuing medical education for its members, The Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (SLS) follows the Essential Areas and Criteria of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education in planning and developing CME activities.

To help as a planning guide SLS has a CME mission statement, which includes the CME purpose, content areas, target audience, and type of activities provided. SLS also identifies the expected results of its CME activity.

SLS identifies the educational needs and desired results for all CME activities.

SLS has an organizational structure that supports our CME activities.

In order to achieve a level of CME excellence for our members, SLS has developed a “Template of Excellence.” This document lists various examples of innovative ideas that SLS utilizes to exceed the basic level of compliance required by the ACCME. SLS looks forward to receiving input from you in order to continue to improve these processes and provide you with a meaningful continuing medical education in minimally invasive surgery.



The Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (SLS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The SLS designates this live online activity for a maximum of 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Board of Surgery Continuous Certification:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.
It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.



Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons

  1. Physician Learners: Participate in MISWeek 2022 and complete the evaluation and CME form components in order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
  2. If you complete all necessary components, the Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeons (SLS) will award the associated CME credit to the physician learner claiming credit.

The American Board of Surgery

In addition to above, and in order to have credit reported to the ABS, participants are required to comlete the 3 Month Post Meeting Practice and Improvement Survey. Learner completion data will be reported 30 days of the learner engaging in the activity and completing this requirement.