From the Author
Minimally invasive procedures in general surgery are more amenable to video recordings than the previous generation of open procedures, primarily because it is easy to connect a recording device to a laparoscope. As a result, instructional videotapes and DVDs have been available for a variety of minimally invasive procedures since the 1990's. In addition a number of comprehensive yet conventional operative atlases on laparoscopic general surgical procedures have been published. It seems only natural to combine these two formats, video and illustrated text, into one instructional format, the DVD-atlas. The Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgery is a product of this union. The multimedia aid consists of a conventional operative atlas combines with a set of DVDs that that contain edited video of each procedure described in the book. The Atlas differs from earlier instructional video/text presentations in that it contains all of the commonly performed laparoscopic procedures in one presentation, whereas previous attempts at this format were monographic and focused on one procedure or one type of procedure.
The Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgery is not, however meant to be an encyclopedia of every technique described for every type of procedure. Nor is the Atlas intended to be a platform for experimental surgery (e.g., natural orifice procedures). In planning the Atlas we generated a list of what we believed to be the most commonly performed laparoscopic procedure; for each we asked a primary author to describe the operation. In truth, there are multiple operative approaches to every procedure in the Atlas. Some are more popular than others; some are easier than others; some are more effective than others; and so forth. Trying to sort out these issues will result in a dialogue that rapidly places the discussants on a "slippery slope" with little controlled data to grab hold to. We admit that our process for selecting operative procedures and their respective authors to include in the Atlas was not scientific; it was based on impressions we have acquired while observing the evolution of minimally invasive surgery for the past two decades.
The Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgery is also not intended to be the authority on procedure performance. Since there are few of no controlled data in this area, only claim to such authority, but this product or others, would be nonsensical. The Atlas is merely a guide, a collection of "How I Do It" intended as a teaching aid for medical students, surgical residents, and general surgeons. It is also a product that should evolve over time, as newer and/or improved techniques become established. It is our belief, and hope that the DVD-atlas format of the Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgery will become a favorite teaching aid for laparoscopic operations in general surgery.
Constantine T. Frantzides, MD.PhD, FACS
About the Author
Dr. Frantzides is the Director of the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery;Director of the Laparoscopic and Bariatric Fellowship Program at St. Francis Hospital and professor of surgery at University of Illinois in Chicago. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in the field of laparoscopic surgery and is a charter member of the United States Laparoscopic Founders Society.
His experience in laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery is one of the most extensive in the USA. He has traveled internationally to perform and teach laparoscopic operations. In recognition of his efforts in teaching advanced laparoscopic techniques, he was named Honorary member of the Brazilian Society of Surgery (Colegio Brasileiro de Cirurgia Digestiva), the Hellenic Surgical Association, and the Greek Laparoscopic Society. During the last 19 years, he has organized 31 laparoscopic courses through which 331 surgeons were trained in laparoscopic surgery. He has created the first laparoscopic fellowship program in the United States (1995) for training young surgeons in the art of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Frantzides is a member of numerous professional societies and has been the recipient of several awards and honors as well as grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and from the surgical industry. Dr. Frantzides has made more than 200 contributions to the medical literature and has written two books on laparoscopic surgery. He was the first in the world to introduce and perform 14 different laparoscopic procedures.
He developed a new safer technique for the laparoscopic gastric bypass ("Triple staple technique" Archives of Surgery, 2003.) Dr. Frantzides was the first surgeon to define and publish the importance of preserving the vagus nerve during a gastric bypass for avoidance of the dumping syndrome. He is credited with inventing two surgical instruments used in laparoscopic surgery. For complete Curriculum Vitae please visit laparoscopicexperts.com