Report on the 10th S-ECCO IBD Masterclass at ECCO'21

Christianne Buskens, S-ECCO Member

Christianne Buskens

The 10th S-ECCO IBD Masterclass was supposed to be a festive event, and a special programme had been planned to celebrate this anniversary. We were looking forward to seeing everyone face to face, but unfortunately the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made this impossible and the meeting had to be held in a virtual format.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Congress News, Volume 16, Issue 3, ECCO'21, S-ECCO


ECCO Topical Review on Optimising Reporting in Surgery, Endoscopy, and Histopathology - Collaboration Between S-ECCO, EduCom and H-ECCO

Michel Adamina, S-ECCO Chair

Michel Adamina

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) are lifelong disorders that consume a large share of healthcare resources and may cause long-term disability. An interdisciplinary, multiprofessional approach is paramount to ensure the best possible management and outcomes in IBD patients. Optimal communication is key to collaboration, especially when dealing with chronic diseases and multiple stakeholders and views.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 16, Issue 2, S-ECCO


Impact of COVID-19 on surgical IBD care

Michel Adamina, S-ECCO Chair on behalf of Christianne Buskens, Omar Faiz, Pår Myrelid, Hagit Tulchinsky

Michel Adamina

For the past year the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the world, with wave after wave of the disease. No country has been spared and no end is in sight in the near future. A recent position paper from the ECCO COVID-19 Taskforce presented the ten ‘dos and don’ts’ when caring for IBD patients. S-ECCO Members are involved in the specialised surgical care of IBD patients in many countries and a variety of institutions. Hence, we are offering this opinion piece on the performance of IBD surgery during the pandemic.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 16, Issue 1, S-ECCO


High Performance in IBD Surgery

Omar Faiz, S-ECCO Member

Omar Faiz

High performance in surgery has been the subject of discussion for a number of years. In IBD surgery it’s been what you might call a ‘shaggy dog’ story. For those of you unfamiliar with this term – there is an entire Wiki page dedicated to it [1]. High performance in IBD surgery has, thus far, fulfilled the criteria for such a story perfectly – it’s: long-winded, anecdotal, arguably failed to reach relevance and a bit of an anti-climax – all the essential ingredients.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, S-ECCO, Volume 15, Issue 4


14th European Colorectal Congress of St.Gallen

Michel Adamina, S-ECCO Chair

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th European Colorectal Congress will be virtual. The article below was submitted prior to this decision. Please refer to the ECC Congress website to check on the latest update.

Michel Adamina

The 14th European Colorectal Congress opens on Sunday, November 29, 2020 with a Masterclass in Colorectal Surgery and a Course in Proctology, followed by three days of expert lectures until the Congress closes on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. A carefully devised safety approach overseen by the Swiss health authorities is allowing the organisation of this large European meeting, traditionally attended by more than 1000 participants from 80 countries who travel to the St.Gallen Colorectal Week (www.colorectalsurgery.eu, @ECCongress). Michel Adamina, from S-ECCO, is co-organising the meeting.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, S-ECCO, Volume 15, Issue 3


Report on the 9th S-ECCO IBD Masterclass at ECCO'20

Yves Panis, Past S-ECCO Chair

Yves Panis

The 9th S-ECCO Masterclass (held in collaboration with the European Association of Coloproctology, ESCP) was organised during the 15th Congress of ECCO in Vienna. Thankfully, just before the coronavirus crisis!

As in previous years, it was a full-day masterclass, and once again it attracted a large number of participants, 149. This meant that in terms of attendance the S-ECCO Masterclass was second among all masterclasses and symposia, just after the N-ECCO Network Meeting.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Congress News, ECCO'20, S-ECCO, Volume 15, Issue 1


Does the expanding armamentarium of medical options in IBD result in postponement of colectomy with an increased incidence of dysplasia and colorectal cancer?

Christianne Buskens, S-ECCO Member and Awardee of the ECCO-Pfizer Research Award 2019

Christianne Buskens

Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) have an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), principally resulting from the pro-neoplastic effects of chronic intestinal inflammation [1]. Epidemiological studies, however, have suggested that the incidence of CRC has decreased over time [2]. This is partly because the estimated incidence in older studies was based on data from referral centres, which likely included a different patient population with more severe and complicated disease. The declining incidence has also been attributed to successful CRC surveillance programmes and in addition has been hypothesised to be a consequence of improved control of mucosal inflammation [3]. The expanding armamentarium of medical options in IBD, such as anti-TNF and anti-adhesion biologic therapies, has substantially improved our ability to control severe inflammation, theoretically decreasing the risk of CRC.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, S-ECCO, Volume 14, Issue 4


6th S-ECCO IBD International Workshop, Curitiba, Brazil August 29–31, 2019

Paulo Gustavo Kotze, EduCom Member

Paulo Gustavo Kotze

The Surgeons of ECCO (S-ECCO) once more organised an international workshop outside of Europe. These international workshops constitute a tradition in Latin America, with previous meetings having been held in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia since 2013. This year, the meeting was held in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, in southern Brazil. This meeting was the result of a cooperation between ECCO and GEDIIB, the Brazilian Study Group of IBD.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, S-ECCO, Volume 14, Issue 4


13th European Colorectal Congress of St. Gallen

Michel Adamina, S-ECCO Member

Michel AdaminaMichel Adamina

The 13th European Colorectal Congress starts on Sunday December 1, 2019 with a Masterclass in Colorectal Surgery and ends on Thursday December 5, 2019. About 1,400 participants from 80 countries are expected to attend the St. Gallen Colorectal Week (www.colorectalsurgery.eu, @ECCongress). Michel Adamina, from S-ECCO, is co-organising the meeting.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, S-ECCO, Volume 14, Issue 3


A New Member for the S-ECCO Committee in 2019!

Yves Panis, S-ECCO Chair

Yves Panis
Yves Panis © ECCO

As chair of the S-ECCO Committee, it is my pleasure to introduce a newly elected member for 2019, Pär Myrelid, who will stay for 3 years, up to February 2022. Thus, the current members of the S-ECCO Committee are: Michel Adamina (Winterthur, Switzerland) (who will be, after me, the next chair), Yves Panis (Clichy, France) (chair up to February 2020), Christianne Buskens (Amsterdam, who will stay up to February 2021), Hagit Tulchinsky (Tel Aviv, who will also stay up to February 2021) and Pär Myrelid.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, S-ECCO, Volume 14, Issue 2