CINCINNATI, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery (EES) will feature its comprehensive portfolio of colorectal solutions and physician-led educational programs, aimed to advance surgical skills in both open and minimally invasive colorectal procedures to promote better patient outcomes, during the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific meeting, May 14-18 in Vancouver, Canada.
"There is strong evidence to support that minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, surgery for colorectal procedures such as colon cancer, is as effective in treating the disease as traditional open surgery—and there are added benefits to the patient, such as decreased recovery time," said Michael J. Stamos, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Professor and Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine and one of the presenters at ASCRS. "Despite this evidence, less than half of colorectal procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques, and it is essential that surgeons are trained in techniques, and patients and health systems are aware of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery."
"The role of surgery in treating colorectal diseases is evolving rapidly with new technologies and greater focus on how to measure successful outcomes," said Chuck Austin, Worldwide President, EES. "EES's approach to collaborating with surgeons and the colorectal disease community around both open and minimally invasive procedures is built upon four key pillars: professional education, product innovation, health care policy solutions, and patient awareness and advocacy programs. We are committed to providing solutions that go beyond devices to advance minimally invasive and open surgery, and we take great pride in partnering with the medical and advocacy communiti