It’s the first day of the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Cook Surgery is here at the meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“SAGES is one of the more exciting congresses to attend,” says Brian Spicer, global product manager for Biodesign hernia repair grafts. “There’s an energizing atmosphere here that’s been created by all of the forward-thinking surgeons.”
These are just a few of the energizing events that we can’t wait to see:
- The postgraduate course on common bile duct (CBD) stones: Although many surgeons perform cholecystectomy, not many surgeons feel comfortable managing CBD stones. Many top surgeons (including Dr. Joseph Petelin and Dr. Robert Fanelli, who have partnered with us to create CBD devices) will lead seminars and hands-on sessions about stone removal.
- The Ethics of Innovation Symposium: A safety committee, a value assessment committee, a conflict-of-interest committee, a guidelines committee, and an ethics group will gather to talk about how new technologies can benefit patients—and how these new technologies should be introduced.
- Discussions in the exhibit hall: We want to know what the rest of the industry is talking about. “I’m excited for conversations about what more can be done to help patients,” says Brian. “New procedures and technologies give companies and surgeons the opportunity to really impact patients’ lives.”
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