Preliminary Scientific Programme

  • Wednesday

    September 25th

  • Thursday

    September 26th

  • Friday

    September 27th

  • Saturday

    September 28th

08:30 - 19:00

Pre-Congress Course

Organised by Medical University Pleven, Bulgaria

Telecommunication Endoscopic Center (TelEC), Medical University Pleven


Rainer Kimmig

Jordi Ponce

Grigor Gorchev


Slavcho Tomov

Registration fee will be paid separately from the main conference.


8:30-10:30 Transportation from Sofia to Pleven

10:30-10:45 Welcome and Opening of the Course - Grigor Gorchev, Slavcho Tomov

10:45-11:00 Basic principles of robotic surgery training – Rainer Kimmig

11:00-11:15 Tips and tricks for better robotic surgery – Jordi Ponce 

11:15-12:30 Training on live tissue and 3D simulators – da Vinci Xi, da Vinci S

12:30-13:30 Lunch, Foyer TelEC

13:30-16:30 Training on live tissue and 3D simulators – da Vinci Xi, da Vinci Si

16:30-17:00 Certification (Ambroise Pare Hall TelEC)

17:00-19:00 Transportation from Pleven to Sofia

09:00 - 17:00 Training on Simulators & Certification
in Hall 225

Proctor: Nina Hudry (France)


Thomas Hebert (France)
Dobromir Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
Tsvetomir Ivanov (Bulgaria)

+ Mimic

+ 3D Systems

+ STAN Institute

12:00 - 12:15 Welcome & Opening Ceremony
12:15 - 12:45 Keynote lecture 

Chair: René Verheijen (France)

Past, Present and Future of Surgery - Camran Nezhat (USA)

12:45 - 15:00 Oncology Robotic Surgery Session I:
One Year After LACC Results – What’s  New?

Chairs: Henrik Falconer (Sweden), Vanna Zanagnolo (Italy)

12:45-13:00 SERGS statement - Thomas Ind (UK)

13:00-13:30 LACC group statement after a year -  Pedro Ramirez (USA)

Single-institutional and multi-center oncologic results:

13:30-13:45 Comparative analysis of robot-assisted and abdominal radical hysterectomy for patients with cervical cancer: 10-years experience – Grigor Gorchev (Bulgaria)

13:45-14:00 Single-institutional results – Jan Persson (Sweden)

14:00-14:15 Single-institutional results – Angelo Maggioni (Italy)

14:15-14:30 Single-institutional results – John Boggess (USA)

14:30 - 15:00 Round table discussion at the end of the session – take to work messages

14:30 - 16:00 Turkish Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Society Session
Parallel session in Hall 137

Chairs: İlkkan Dünder (Turkey), Mete Güngör (Turkey)

14:30-14:45 Robotic Surgery for deep infiltrative endometriosis - Ahmet Göçmen (Turkey)

14:45-15:00 Robotic surgery for early stage endometrial cancer - Mete Güngör (Turkey)

15:00-15:15 Robotic radical trachelectomy - M. Murat Naki (Turkey)

15:15-15:30 Robotic radical parametrectomy - Fatih GÜÇER (Turkey)

15:30-15:45 Robotic extraperitoneal lymphadenectomy - M. Faruk Köse (Turkey)

15:45-16:00 Discussion

15:00 - 16:00 Industry Symposium I

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16:00 - 16:30
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break/Exhibition
16:30 - 18:00 Benign Robotic Surgery
Session I :Does Robotic Surgery Improve Fertility?

Chairs: Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Philippe Van Trappen (Belgium)

16:30-16:45 Myomectomy – Impact of myomectomy on fertility - Kirsten Hald (Norway)

16:45-17:00 Myomectomy – surgical removal and how to improve fertility - Celine Lönnerfors (Sweden)

17:00-17:15 Endometriosis – impact on fertility - Mikkel Seyer-Hansen (Denmark)

17:15-17:30 Endometriosis – Surgical aspects in relation to endometriosis and how to improve fertility - Camran Nezhat (USA) 

17:30-17:45 Single-port robotic surgery – Vito Cela (Italy)

17:45-18:00 Discussion

18:00 - 19:00 Surgical Surprises

Supported by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons - SLS

Chairs: Vanna Zanagnolo (Italy, SERGS), Henric Falconer (Sweden, SERGS), Philip Shadduck (USA, SLS), Jessica Yabanez-Morano (USA, SLS), John Morrison (USA, SLS)

Short videos of unexpected events during surgery will be presented.  A multidisciplinary panel of surgeons interacts with the audience discussing the “surgical surprises”. 

19:00 - 20:00 SERGS General Assembly
20:00 - 21:00 Welcome drink

Foyer in front of the main hall

09:00 - 17:00 Training on Simulators & Certification
in Hall 225

Proctor: Nina Hudry (France)


Thomas Hebert (France)
Dobromir Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
Tsvetomir Ivanov (Bulgaria)

+ Mimic

+ 3D Systems

+ STAN Insitute

08:00 - 09:30 Selected oral communication/videos session

Chairs: Eric Lambaudie (France), Liliana Mereu (Italy)

8:00-8:10 Surgical treatment of early stage cervical cancer in the Netherlands - R.G.V.Smolders ,H.H.B. Wenzel, M.A. van der Aa ,J.Beltman, R. Bekkers, S.Lambrechts, H.Trum, R. Yigit,  P. Zusterzeel, R. Zweemer (Netherlands)

8:10-8:20 Five-years’ robot-assisted gynecological surgery experience in a regional referral center - A.A. Popov, A.A. Fedorov, A.A. Koval, S.S. Tyurina, A.D.Idashkin (Russia)

8:20-8:30 Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping in Endometrial Cancer: the real additional value of Ultra-staging - M. Kaur, N. Mohammed, M. Nobbenhuis, K. Vroobel, A. Attygalle, T. Ind (UK)

8:30-8:40 Cervical re-injection to improve sentinel lymph node detection in endometrial cancer - M.T. Achilarre, F. Multinu, A. Garbi, I. Betella, S. Bogliolo, M. Maruccio, A. Aloisi, V. Minicucci, C. Personeni, M. Palumbo, G. Aletti, N. Colombo, A. Maggioni, V. Zanagnolo (Italy)

8:40-8:50 Complete para aortic and pelvic lymph node dissection by retroperitoneal route with robotic assistance technique and assessment - Cavaller L, Bretonniere AC, Ozene A, Hebert T (France)

8:50-9:00 Robot-assisted cervical cerclage in patient with DIE after vaginal trachelectomy and laparoscopic lymphnode dissection (Video section) - Koval A.A., Popov A.A., Fedorov A.A., Tyurina S.S. (Russia)

9:00-9:10 Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Hysterectomy on a Woman with a Bicornuate Uterus - V. K. Lysdal, M. Rudnicki (Denmark)

9:10-9:20 New haemostatic suturing technique in cases of robotic myomectomies when we lack vasopressin/pitressin injection - V. Hatzirafail, A. Tserkezoglou, E. Karatrasoglou, G. Thomou, A. Mpakas, A. Paulaki (Greece)

9:20-9:30 Discussion

09:30 - 10:00 High Tech in Minimally Invasive Surgery - session I

Chairs: Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Rainer Kimmig (Germany), Slavcho Tomov (Bulgaria)

Real-time high-intensity focused ultrasound surgery will be performed using a JC model device for non-invasive procedure on a patient with uterine fibroid at HIFU Center, Saint Marina University Hospital – Pleven

10:00 - 10:30
  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee Break/Exhibition
10:30 - 12:00 High Tech in Robotic Surgery - session II

Chairs: Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Rainer Kimmig (Germany), Slavcho Tomov (Bulgaria)

+ 3D videos

+ 3D Surgery Transmission from Pleven-Sofia 

3D robotic surgery and beyond 

An optical path, especially prepared for the 11th Annual SERGS Sofia Meeting, will be used for 3D teleconference between the University Hospital in Pleven and the Meeting Venue in Sofia. Three D pelvic anatomy of patient with cervical cancer will be demonstrated to the audience in 3D stereoscopic projection on a special screen.

12:00 - 13:00
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Industry Symposium II

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14:00 - 16:15 Oncology Robotic Surgery Session II:
State of the Art

Chairs: Rainer Kimmig (Germany), Vanna Zanagnolo (Italy)

Clinical and oncologic outcomes, current trends in:

14:00-14:20 Nationwide Introduction of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery for Early-Stage Endometrial Cancer – Pernille Tine Jensen (Denmark)

14:20-14:35 Perioperative and survival outcomes of patients with endometrial cancer operated by three surgical approaches – robotic, laparoscopic and open. Ten years experience – Slavcho Tomov (Bulgaria)

14:35-14:55 Robot-assisted surgery for cervical cancer: place of parametrectomy after simple hysterectomy and surgery of reccurences (published and unpublished data) - Eric Lambaudie (France)

14:55-15:15 Robot-assisted sentinel lyph node dissection in gynecologic malignant tumors – Henrik Falconer (Sweden)

New insights in robotics

15:15-15:35 Peritoneal mesometrial resection and TCL - a new surgical strategy in endometrial cancer - Rainer Kimmig (Germany)

15:35-15:55 Robotic multiport surgery versus single site in obese patients with endometrial cancer – Valentina Bruno (Italy)

15:55-16:15 Analysis of Sentinel Lymph Node Pathology, Recurrence, and Survival in Endometrial Cancer:  New Insights - Robert Holloway (USA)

16:15 - 16:45
  • 16:15-16:45 Coffee Break/Exhibition
16:45 - 17:25 Benign Robotic Surgery Session II:
Endometriosis and Robotics

Chairs: Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Thomas Hebert (France)

16:45-17:00 Laparoscopy vs robotic surgery for endometriosis - Thomas Hebert (France)

17:00-17:20  Panel discussion:

New insight in the beneficial effect of robotic surgery in endometriosis

Five min presentation from each panel members (20 min): Martin Rudnicki (Denmark), Camran Nezhat (USA), Thomas Hebert (France), Philipe van Trappen (Belgium)

17:20-17:25 Take to work messages

17:25 - 17:55 Selected oral communication/videos session

Chairs: Eric Lambaudie (France), Grigor Gorchev (Bulgaria)

17:25-17:35 Robohyst TT – Train the Trainer Course for Robotic Hysterectomy Trainers – A Multicenter experience - M. Kaur, T. Cecil, M. Coleman, M. Whittaker, R. Kimmig, T. Ind (UK)

17:35-17:45 Reproductive outcomes in infiltrative endometriosis - A.A. Popov, K.V. Krasnopolskaya, A.A. Fedorov, Zingan S., A.N. Kamalova, R.A. Barto (Russia)

17:45-17:55 Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Myomectomy – 5 modifications at Apollo Hospital Hyderabad - R. Sinha, R. Bana (India)

20:00 - 22:00 Networking event

Sofia Hotel Balkan

07:30 - 08:15 Poster Session (e-Posters)

Chairs: Thomas Ind (UK), Liliana Mereu (Italy)

7:30-7:36 Three year experiences of 636 robotic single-site surgery cases in a single institute: the first report of large scale study - HK. Yoo, JE. Shim, HJ. Shin, SR.Lee, KA. Jeong, HS. Moon (Korea)

7:36-7:42 Single-site versus multiport robotic hysterectomy and sentinel node mapping in low risk endometrial cancer: A prospective multicenter study - L Mereu, V Berlanda, B Gardella, D Surico, A Vigone, R. Pertile, A Spinillo, S Tateo (Italy)

7:42-7:48 Outcome Assessment of Robot-Assisted Gynecologic Surgeries in the Moscow City Clinical Hospital - A. N. Kuleshov, A. A. Solomatina, L. S. Bulatova, E. S. Surkova, M. A. Anisimova (Russia)

7:48-7:54 Outpatient Program for Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy: First 3 Years of Experience - J. Belghiti, R. Goldstein, GN Moawad, M. Nikpayam, H. Azais, C. Uzan, G. Canlorbe (France)

7:54-8:00 RoG-STePS Robotic Gynaecology – Surgical Training e-Portfolio System - M. Kaur, M. Nobbenhuis, P. Stanciu, N. Rai, T. Ind (UK)

8:00-8:06 The influence of technology on the advocacy and on the direct assistance to the patient subjected to the robot-assisted surgery in gynaecology - I. Chinali, C. Simone, G. Magon (Italy)

8:06-8:12 Surgical Roboethics - S. Aleksandrova-Yankulovska (Bulgaria)

8:12-8:15 Discussion

08:15 - 09:30 “Beyond borders with innovation”

Digital medicine, Robotics and Innovations

Chairs: Nicolas Bourdel (France), Thomas Ind (UK)

8:15-8:45 Keynote lecture: Future of robotics and beyond - Richard Satava (USA)

8:45-9:00 Big data and surgery: the next digital evolution? - Nicolas Bourdel (France)

9:00-9:15 Future OR - Mateusz Baron (Germany)

9:15-9:30 Discussion

09:30 - 10:00
  • 9:30-10:00 Coffee Break/Exhibition
10:00 - 10:30 Industry Symposium III

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10:30 - 11:00 Industry Symposium IV

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11:00 - 12:15 Benign Robotic Surgery Session III

Chairs: Liliana Mereu (Italy), Philippe Van Trappen (Belgium)

11:00-11:15 Robotic hysterectomy in large and extra large uterus - Mona Orady (USA)

11:15-11:30  Placement of mesh for vaginal vault prolapse – indications, complications and evidence for correct surgical placement -  Alexander Popov (Russia)

11:30- 11:45  Bowel Complication in MIS - John Morrisson (USA)

11:45-12:00  Fundamental of robotic surgery training - Richard Satava (USA)

12:00-12:15  Discussion

12:15 - 12:45 Closing Ceremony

+ Best Abstract/Movie/Poster Awards

+ SERGS 2020 Announcement

+ Closing SERGS President Lecture

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