It was "fascinating"! "Very good, very good". "A fantastic session". The opinions were unanimous leaving the first part of the symposium on "Minimally invasive and robotic surgery", where two of the major global specialists in robotic surgery – Angelita Habr-Gama (Brazilian) and Seon Hahn Kim (South-Korean) – discussed, exchanging lively arguments before a concentrated and silent audience, the most innovative issues concerning robotic surgery used to treat colorectal cancer.

Before, in Auditorium 2 of Hospital da Luz, where the aforementioned symposium had taken place, French specialist Jean-Pierre Gérard - who in Nice conducts pioneer work in the field of internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy) for treating this disease - had addressed some of the new techniques in this field and the relevant outcomes.

The morning's sessions ended with a ‘master lecture’ by Ramon Viallonga on the history of robotic surgery and future perspectives for this technology.

In the afternoon, two surgeries were performed live, a bariaric laparoscopy by North-American surgeon Keith Kim and a robotic rectal surgery conducted by Seon Hahn Kim, after which the audience was led to discuss the techniques used by the two experts and learnt more about recent developments in the two surgical approaches.
Both surgeries were broadcast live on the internet, on the website of Leaping Forward.
This symposium will continue until tomorrow, the 14th, in Auditorium 3 (Hospital da Luz), and it is expected to end at around 2.30 pm.