The American College of Surgeons (ACS) brings together a broad group of surgeons from more than 12 specialties during their annual clinical congress. This year, the group gathered in San Diego, California. ACS 2017 had a theme: “Do what’s right for the patient.” This idea was evident throughout the conference. And it’s an idea that Cook Medical shares. We were founded on a philosophy of putting patients first.
What happened at the Cook Medical booth?
This year, there were great discussions on our cholangiography, common bile duct exploration, and endobiliary stenting products. Our interactive anatomical models demonstrated how these products are used to find and treat biliary stones.
In addition to conversations on our biliary products, we had great conversations around our products for hernia repair. This is a short list of products that were a highlighted at our 2017 ACS booth:
- Strange Cholangiography Set
- Fanelli Laparoscopic Endobiliary Stent Set
- Biodesign® Hernia Graft
- Zenapro® Hybrid Hernia Repair Device
What happened during the panel sessions?
During the panel on cholecystectomy, Dr. Eric Hungness of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, delivered a talk on routine cholangiography. He sees routine cholangiography as a tool to help deliver better patient care and a tool that makes surgeons better. When surgeons perform cholangiography regularly, they get more experience in viewing regular and irregular anatomy. Routine cholangiography, however, is not yet in the mainstream. “The current training paradigm is inadequate,” said Dr. Hungness.
Dr. Hungness and the panel of experts discussed ways of treating bile duct stones once the stones are discovered in the biliary ducts. One option is transcystic laparoscopic common bile duct exploration. “Use the Seldinger technique,” said Dr. Hungness.
Dr. Patrick Molt, a general surgeon at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Illinois, agreed with Dr. Hungness on the importance of cholangiography when patients show symptoms of choledochethiasis. He emphasized the urgency to treat this group of patients. “The clock is ticking when patients are admitted,” said Dr. Molt.