Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) 2017

15 – 16 September 2017 | Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

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Dear Colleagues, delegates and guests,

It is with special pleasure and honor that I, and my Thoracic counterpart, Dr. Aneez DB Ahmed, welcome you to our workshop. Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery – and the concept of Minimally Invasive and less traumatic procedures in general – are not the next feat of surgical ordealism, or a passing fashion. Less invasive methodologies are in compliance with the most primary Hippocratic principles, and slowly but steadily conquer our healthcare domain. Patients, and certainly also surgeons, derive substantial benefits from these well established techniques, compared to the classical procedures, the former in terms of faster recovery and the latter in terms of professional progress and evolution. How laborious is it, in our part of the world, to establish a MICS program? How do we select our patients? How do we standardize our setup, for more safety and efficacy? How about the costs involved? How do we overcome the threshold to turn from a traditional to a MICS surgeon? How does it stand with the learning curve? These , and more related issues will be addressed with special focus.

Minimally Invasive technologies evolve rapidly, and failure to familiarize ourselves with the emerging concepts will inevitably result in stagnation and exclusion. Minimally invasive Heart Surgery techniques should belong to the quiver of any modern heart surgeon. Since our examination and common practice syllabus does not formally entail MICS training, it is us who need to define the path of evolution, with avid interaction, exchange, workshops, hands-on, and audiovisual guides. We do hope that the opportunity presented to all of us in conjunction with Advanced in Thoracic Surgery, Oncology and Pulmonology (ATSOP 2017), which addresses key points of the MICS portfolio, will be didactic and foundational towards surgical self-improvement and diversification for all of our participants. On behalf of the entire organizing team, I wish you two meaningful workshop days, rich in impactful and educational impressions.

A/Prof Theodoros Kofidis
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS)