Core Skills: Introduction to Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery


Core Skills: Introduction to Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery is a highly practical workshop aimed at providing RMOs, Registrars and junior trainees with a greater understanding and improved level of competence in the basic techniques required for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

Suitable for: Resident Medical Officers, Service Registrars, Registrars, Junior Trainees in General Surgery.


Available (doctor)
Thursday, 1 August 2019

Non-WA places FULL!  1 WA participant place remaining.



This CTEC workshop aims to provide participants the opportunity to gain knowledge of dissection techniques and vessel control, consolidated by practical sessions in laparoscopic colorectal surgical set up, techniques and dissection.  It will provide hands-on familiarisation with equipment participants may have received little exposure to in the clinical setting and will also  feature case scenarios and discussions with expert faculty. 

Practical Sessions Including Use of Animal Tissue and Simulation Models

  • Bench top stapling: principles of stapling devices (including linear / open linear and circular staplers) and end to end anastomosis
  • Small bowel anastomosis
  • Laparoscopic suturing
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy exercise
  • Laparoscopic right hemi mobilisation
  • Laparoscopic loop ileostomy formation

Demonstrations and Practical Set up for Laparoscopic Exercises

  • Trocar placement
  • Instrument choice and placement
  • Dissection
  • Manipulation
  • Clips / stapling



  • Ergonomics
  • Entry techniques
  • Role of the assistant
  • Sealing vessels: staplers, clips and energised sealers
  • Dissection techniques and vessel control. Includes:
  • Blunt and sharp dissection
  • Energised dissection
  • Sealing vessels: staplers, clips and energised sealers
  • Patient preparation    

Case discussion: Critical points during surgery



  • Practical sessions utilising specialised colorectal laparoscopic models with tissue inserts, animal tissue models and laparoscopic simulators
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time


2019 Fee

WA Participant: $715
Non-WA Participant:  $750

CTEC Terms & Conditions

Workshop content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.





This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (to a maximum of 8 points) in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. Participation in this activity will be populated into your RACS CPD Online.


"Great stuff, friendly environment. I really appreciated the range of instruments we were able to use."
"I found the hand sewn small bowel anastomosis session most valuable. Thoroughly enjoyable, and a critical skill to gain experience in."
"Thanks, it was an amazing experience!"
- Past Workshop Participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No. 2
Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth Western Australia

For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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