Pre-Congress Courses

Early Career Fundamentals

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

A new and exciting precongress course “Early Career Fundamentals,” is meticulously crafted for aspiring professionals in metabolic bariatric surgery.

This comprehensive curriculum covers vital aspects of “getting it right” – setting up a bariatric practice, mastering the technical details of primary bariatic procedures and key concepts in revisional surgery, practical management of complications, postopertaive care, audit, reserarch and getting published.

Designed to equip participants with essential knowledge and skills, this course offers a focused educational experience tailored to the needs of early-career professionals delivered by experienced masters.

OAGB and Bypass

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Embark on an advanced postgraduate course “OAGB and Bypass,” focusing on the intricate aspects of these procedures in metabolic bariatric surgery.

Navigate through anatomy dilemmas and surgical variations crucial for successful surgeries, while mastering technical performance. Explore best use indications, as primary surgeries and as revisonal surgery and the potential pitfalls to avoid. Understand the management of side effects and complications and options for managing weight regain and explore future horizons in this dynamic field. Join us for an in-depth exploration tailored for experienced practitioners seeking mastery in OAGB and bypass knowledge and techniques.

Revisional Surgery & Complications

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Join our specialized postgraduate course, “Revisional Surgery & Complications,” designed to provide in-depth insights into the complexities of revisional procedures and complications in metabolic bariatric surgery. Explore the critical aspects of defining indications for revision surgery, examining how medical management has influenced treatment paradigms. Through comprehensive assessment techniques, gain proficiency in identifying and managing complications effectively. Delve into options for addressing weight regain after sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, or one anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGB), empowering you to navigate challenging clinical scenarios with confidence.

Gain proficiency in identifying and managing key complications effectively with practical approaches and creative ideas to difficult problems. This course offers a focused educational experience tailored for experienced practitioners seeking advanced expertise in revision surgery and complication management.

Endoscopy in MBS

Location: RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons)
250/290 Spring Street, East Melbourne (transport to be provided)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Join our advanced pre-congress course, “Endoscopy in Metabolic Bariatric Surgery,” tailored for experienced practitioners looking to enhance their skills in endoscopic interventions.

Explore the ever increasing role of endoscopy in both diagnostic indications, metabolic and bariatric procedures and in complications management.

Gain proficiency in managing non-sepsis and sepsis-related complications through a comprehensive examination of tools and techniques. Explore the evolution of primary bariatrics, particularly Endoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (ESG), and compare techniques through engaging video debates. Participate in hands-on lab sessions focusing on advanced tools such as pigtail drains, TTS clips, dilation devices, and stents. Delve into cutting-edge interventions including Pneumatic Dilation, Over-the-Scope Clips (OTSC), Endovac, and POSE 2 procedures. Join us to advance your expertise in endoscopic interventions and stay at the forefront of metabolic bariatric surgery practices.

Robotic MBS

Location: IMRA (International Medical Robotics Academy)
14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne (transport to be provided)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Immerse yourself in the frontier of surgical innovation with our postgraduate course, “Robotics in Metabolic Bariatric Surgery,” tailored for practitioners seeking knowledge and skills in robotic-assisted techniques.

This is a first IFSO “hands on” precongress course in the ever expanding field of robotics.

Explore current and emerging robotic platforms and their potential for expansion in metabolic bariatric surgery. Engage in dynamic video demonstrations featuring multiple surgeons in a competitive showcase of robotic procedures including Gastrojejunostomy (GJ), Jejunojejunostomy (JJ), Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG), and SADI procedures. Participate in hands-on lab sessions to familiarize yourself with cutting-edge robotic systems such as Hugo, CMR, and Da Vinci, delving into both basic and advanced techniques. This course offers a balanced blend of didactic lectures and interactive, hands-on learning opportunities, enabling you to harness the full potential of robotics in metabolic bariatric surgery.

Integrated Health

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

More information to come…

SCOPE School

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

IFSO 2024 is proud to announce the hosting of a SCOPE School as part of this year’s pre-congress sessions, in collaboration with the World Obesity Federation!

SCOPE School is a one-day course providing a deeper understanding of effective patient management and the role of professionals in tackling obesity. It is a key component of the World Obesity Federation’s Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE), which also offers online training and certification and fellowship opportunities.

SCOPE Schools provide a unique opportunity for professionals to engage with experts in the field and understand the new challenges in obesity management. Taught by leading international experts, the sessions involve lectures, discussions, and debates, as well as opportunities to socialise and share experiences with experts and fellow students.

These intensive courses are designed for all health professionals interested in the management of patients with obesity, including primary care practitioners, physicians, surgeons, nurses, and integrated health professionals wishing to expand their knowledge in understanding obesity and obesity care.

Participants at SCOPE Schools earn credits towards SCOPE Certification: the only internationally recognised certification in obesity management.

Join us in Melbourne for this exciting, dynamic, and interactive event!

PG Courses

Early Career Fundamentals

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Join our specialized postgraduate course, “Early Career Fundamentals,” meticulously crafted for aspiring professionals in metabolic bariatric surgery. This comprehensive curriculum covers vital aspects including appropriate training, practice setup, technical performance of basic procedures, principles of complication management, postoperative care, and strategies for publication. Designed to equip participants with essential knowledge and skills, this course offers a focused educational experience tailored to the needs of early-career professionals.

OAGB and Bypass

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Embark on an advanced postgraduate course “OAGB and Bypass,” focusing on the intricate aspects of these procedures in metabolic bariatric surgery. Delve into the history and evolution of OAGB and bypass surgeries, exploring their mechanisms of action and best uses including indications, revisional procedures, and potential pitfalls. Navigate through anatomy dilemmas and variations crucial for successful surgeries, while mastering technical performance and addressing side effects management. Learn about options for managing weight regain and explore future horizons in this dynamic field. Join us for an in-depth exploration tailored for experienced practitioners seeking mastery in OAGB and bypass techniques.

Revisional Surgery & Complications

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Join our specialized postgraduate course, “Revisional Surgery & Complications,” designed to provide in-depth insights into the complexities of revisional procedures and complications in metabolic bariatric surgery. Explore the critical aspects of defining indications for revision surgery, examining how medical management has influenced treatment paradigms. Through comprehensive assessment techniques, gain proficiency in identifying and managing complications effectively. Delve into options for addressing weight regain after sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, or one anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGB), empowering you to navigate challenging clinical scenarios with confidence. This course offers a focused educational experience tailored for experienced practitioners seeking advanced expertise in revision surgery and complication management.

Therapeutic Endoscopy in MBS

Location: RACS
Time: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Join our advanced postgraduate course, “Therapeutic Endoscopy in Metabolic Bariatric Surgery,” tailored for experienced practitioners looking to enhance their skills in endoscopic interventions. Delve into the nuanced indications for postoperative endoscopy, exploring anatomical and physiological adjuncts to optimize outcomes. Gain proficiency in managing non-sepsis and sepsis-related complications through a comprehensive examination of tools and techniques. Explore the evolution of primary bariatrics, particularly Endoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (ESG), and compare three techniques through engaging video debates. Participate in hands-on lab sessions focusing on advanced tools such as pigtail drains, TTS clips, dilation devices, and stents. Delve into cutting-edge interventions including Pneumatic Dilation, Over-the-Scope Clips (OTSC), Endovac, and POSE 2 procedures. Join us to advance your expertise in endoscopic interventions and stay at the forefront of metabolic bariatric surgery practices.

If you would like to register for this course, you must first fill out this survey.

Robotic MBS

Location: IMRA
Time: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Immerse yourself in the frontier of surgical innovation with our postgraduate course, “Robotic Metabolic Bariatric Surgery,” tailored for seasoned practitioners seeking mastery in robotic-assisted techniques. Reflect on past experiences, acknowledging both successes and challenges, to inform future practice. Explore current and emerging robotic platforms, comparing Eastern and Western technologies, while contemplating future advancements. Engage in dynamic video demonstrations featuring multiple surgeons in a competitive showcase of robotic procedures including Gastrojejunostomy (GJ), Jejunojejunostomy (JJ), Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG), and SADI procedures. Participate in hands-on lab sessions to familiarize yourself with cutting-edge robotic systems such as Hugo, CMR, and Da Vinci, delving into both basic and advanced techniques. This course offers a balanced blend of didactic lectures and interactive, hands-on learning opportunities, enabling you to harness the full potential of robotics in metabolic bariatric surgery.

Integrated Health

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

More information to come…

SCOPE School

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

IFSO 2024 is proud to announce the hosting of a SCOPE School as part of this year’s pre-congress sessions, in collaboration with the World Obesity Federation!

SCOPE School is a one-day course providing a deeper understanding of effective patient management and the role of professionals in tackling obesity. It is a key component of the World Obesity Federation’s Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE), which also offers online training and certification and fellowship opportunities.

SCOPE Schools provide a unique opportunity for professionals to engage with experts in the field and understand the new challenges in obesity management. Taught by leading international experts, the sessions involve lectures, discussions, and debates, as well as opportunities to socialise and share experiences with experts and fellow students.

These intensive courses are designed for all health professionals interested in the management of patients with obesity, including primary care practitioners, physicians, surgeons, nurses, and integrated health professionals wishing to expand their knowledge in understanding obesity and obesity care.

Participants at SCOPE Schools earn credits towards SCOPE Certification: the only internationally recognised certification in obesity management.

Join us in Melbourne for this exciting, dynamic, and interactive event!