In September 1991, a group of visionary belgian abdominal surgeons : the late André de Neve de Roden, Jean-François Gigot, José Etienne, Chantal Cornil, Robert Algaba, Michel Gélin, Benoit Navez, Joseph Weerts, Frans De Weer, Ludovic Vereecken and Bob Vanhee had the brilliant idea to create a scientific society dedicated to laparoscopic surgery, a completely new technique in these days, an approach lacking credentials and frowned upon by many experts.
The BGES they created was one of the first scientific societies dedicated to laparoscopic surgery worldwide and has since been a cornerstone of the rapid development of laparoscopic surgery in Belgium. The board of the BGES, it’s motor, consists of 10 dedicated laparoscopic surgeons, evenly distributed between academic and non-academic, Flemish and Walloon. Board members are elected for 3 years and can be re-elected once. The BGES is affiliated with the RBSS, the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery.
Our mission & our tools :
We have three goals :
First of all keeping in touch with laparoscopic surgery, keeping track of new developments, new technologies, new techniques. Laparoscopic surgery is a field where new techniques often lack validation, where eminences and egos tend to rule over scientific evidence and where many new techniques are industry-driven. We have an open mind and want to offer a platform for novelties in the laparoscopic field where proponents can make their case and skeptics can challenge them. Three monday evening sessions, hands-on courses for surgeons and our bi-annual congress are organised in order to achieve this.
We also want to be a place where laparoscopic surgeons meet and interact. In the flesh on our meetings and online on our new website. Our bi-annual congress trip reflects this philosophy : to create a warm collegial atmosphere where friendship meets science. Establishing and entertaining contacts with foreign laparoscopic communities broadens our horizon.
Finally, we want to be a part of laparoscopic training of surgical residents. Our colleagues of tomorrow deserve our attention. We offer hands on workshops for surgical trainees and interact closely with the BAST, the Belgian Association of Surgical Trainees. The BGES is also involved in the FUS (Formation Universitaire Spécifique) in Wallonia
Enjoy our brand new website,
Charles de Gheldere
KUL symposium on rectal cancer treatment September 24, 2016
Surgical treatment for low rectal cancer is challenging. Because of the potential advantages, minimally invasive transanal TME is being increasingly implemented in several large volume centres across Europe. This course is intended to provide practical and theoretical background on this challenging surgical technique, through didactic lectures and explanatory videos. A faculty of experts will guide […]
the list of BGES activities for the year
Our acclaimed starters course will take place on 24-25/10/2016 in the IRCAD in Strasbourg. 5th & 6th years residents can enjoy one day of lectures focused on technique , tips & tricks and one day of hands-on pig lab. Thanks to our sponsors this course is virtually free ! Register on time ! The number […]
We were welcomed by intuitive for a presentation of the latest Da Vinci robot in Melle.