The First Breda Robot Congress: 

“Robot Assisted Treatment of Rectal Cancer”

March 15-16, 2018 


Attention: new venue !!!

Amphia Langendijk; Langendijk 75, 4819 EV Breda, the Netherlands 


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Sponsored by



International faculty

March 15th Pre-congress Robot Starters Program

Live 3D surgery

Robot Workshops

(limited number of participants)

Quality, Evidence, Alternatives, Financial Issues, Technique,New surgical insights, Results,Fluorescence, T4 resections and more



Host faculty

Rogier Crolla

George van der Schelling

Jennifer Schreinemakers

Jan Wijsman

Janneke Tersteeg



Guest faculty

Eric Hans Eddes, director of the Dutch Institute for Clinical Auditing

Pieter Tanis, MD PhD, Consultant Colorectal and liver Surgeon, Academic Medical Centre, Chairman of the Dutch Colorectal Cancer Group

Philippe Rouanet, Professor of Surgery; Chief of Oncological Surgery at Montpellier Cancer Institute (ICM) Montpellier, France.

Anke Smits, MD PhD, the singing surgeon, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein

Manish Chand, MBBS BSc MBA FRCS PhD; Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Senior Lecturer University College London, UK

Olof Suttorp, CEO Amphia Hospital Breda

Amjad Parvaiz, MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Gen & Colorectal Surgery). Professor of Surgery. Director of European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery

Niels Harlaar, Fellow laparoscopic and oncologic surgery, Catharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven

Shwan Amin, Consultant General Surgeon MB ChB FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Gen.Surg) Sheffield University Hospitals, UK

Ivo Broeders, professor of Minimal Invasive Surgery and Robotics; MIRA – Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine ; Twente University



Invitation to participate

On behalf of the organizing committee I invite you to visit the first congress on robotic rectal cancer surgery in the Benelux. After two decades of gradual uptake of robot assisted procedures in other specialties like urology, now this technique is gaining rapid momentum in general surgery. During our activities as proctors for gastro-intestinal procedures we have become aware of the many questions that are raised upon this subject.

Why would you visit the congress ?

We aim to provide insights in the role that robot assisted surgery may have in rectal cancer treatment. What is the role of quality in surgery, what is quality in surgery and how do we assess it, what do we know about rectal cancer surgery results nation wide?  Is there a role for robot assisted surgery in this and is what is the scientific evidence? What are the alternatives for robotic surgery in rectal cancer ? What are individual or institutional considerations to start with robotic rectal surgery? What is the preferred technique in robotic rectal cancer surgery and what have we learned of our first 500 cases and of our teaching in other hospitals? What will the future bring in robotic surgery ?

We are excited to welcome very distinguished international leaders in the field of colorectal surgery and robotic surgery to comment to the beforementioned topics. Philippe Rouanet has a vast experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery and is the initiator and author of important scientific researches in the GRECCAR study group. Manish Chand recently accomplished to gather world class leaders in colorectal surgery and more than 26500 attendees from 122 countries in an amazing AIS channel webinar on the Future of Colorectal Cancer Surgery. Amjad Parvaiz is the most renowned robotic rectal surgeon of Europe, Shwan Amin is a very distinguished colorectal surgeon with a broad experience in robotic surgery and Ivo Broeders is a well known innovator and professor of Minimal Invasive Surgery and Robotics. We are lucky to have Eric Hans Eddes and Pieter Tanis, who have shown the Dutch colorectal surgical community the importance of guidelines and national audits, and to have Anke Smits, who is considered to be one of the best colorectal surgeons in the Netherlands and Niels Harlaar who got his PhD in 2017 titled: “Molecular Fluorescence Guided Surgery of Peritoneal Metastases”.

The Friday Congress will be preceeded on Thursday by a masterclass for surgeons who are about to start a colorectal robotic surgery program. The program will be interactive and instructive. There will be a very limited number of participants.

Who should visit the congress?

We invite surgeons and other doctors involved with rectal cancer treatment. As colorectal surgery is teamwork, we also hope to welcome other interested team members like scrubnurses, case-managers and hospital and health managers.

Where is it?

The Congress was planned to be held in the new congress venue Breepark in Breda. Due to unexpected construction works two weeks before the start of the congress we have been forced to move the congress to the Amphia Hospital location Langendijk.

Breda is a sparkling and historical city in North Brabant with a cheerful personality! The combination of its rich history and numerous present-day activities makes Breda an inspiring city with around 170.000 inhabitants. It has been voted to have the best inner-city of the Netherlands in 2017. Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Bruxelles are within a one hour drive.

We hope to welcome you !

Rogier Crolla, course director



Program Thursday March 15

How to operate with the robot


Morning session: live surgery robot assisted laparoscopic low anterior resection with 3-D transmission to Breepark

  • Moderator: Jennifer Schreinemakers
  • Surgery: Rogier Crolla

Afternoon session:

  • The difference between robotic and conventional laparoscopic operations
  • Peri-operative measures, positioning the patient, portplacement, docking
  • Anatomy of the mesorectal plane and vascular supply
  • Basic steps of robotic low anterior resection
  • Tips, tricks and stupidities
  • Workshops on the robotic console
  • proctors:
    • surgeons: Jan Wijsman, Jennifer Schreinemakers, George van der Schelling, Rogier Crolla
    • nurses: Pauline de Wijs, Marieke Hellenthal, Kathleen de Bie, Nicole Verstraeten

Restricted number of participants



Program Friday March 16

“Robot Assisted Treatment of Rectal Cancer”


8:00 – 9:00  Registration and coffee


9:00     Opening

09:10   Quality in surgery: international developments and the Dutch Institute for Clinical Auditing; Eric Hans Eddes

09:30   Rectal cancer surgery in the Netherlands: results of the national audit program DCRA (Dutch ColoRectal Auditing); Pieter Tanis

09:50   What is the evidence in the literature for robotic rectal cancer surgery; Philippe Rouanet

10:10   What are my arguments to perform robotic rectal cancer surgery; Anke Smits


10:30 -10:50   break


10:50   The alternatives: TaTME, laparoscopic and open surgery ; Manish Chand

11:10   The Hospital Boards Perspective; Olof Suttorp

11:30   How to perform a robot assisted laparoscopic low anterior resection video, teaching and steps; Amjad Parvaiz


12:00 – 13:10 lunch


13:10   Anatomical insights: What did I learn from robotic rectal cancer operations. The O’s and Ahhhs; Rogier Crolla

13:30   What did I learn proctoring; George van der Schelling

13:50   Six years of robotic rectal cancer surgery. The Amphia Results ; Rogier Crolla

14:10   Fluorescense in robot colorectal surgery; Niels Harlaar

14:25   T4 resections and robotic surgery; Janneke Tersteeg


14:40 – 15:00 break


15:00   What after rectal surgery? What about right colon robotic?; Shwan Amin

15:20   The future of robotics; Ivo Broeders

15:40   Panel discussion and Closing Remarks; Jan Wijsman and Jennifer Schreinemakers


16:00   Drinks



CME accreditation:

Granted for 5 and 6 points /hours by Dutch Society of Surgery


Venue: ATTENTION !!!

Due to unexpected construction works at the original venue the congress has been moved to the Amphia Hospital location Langendijk:

Amphia Langendijk

Langendijk 75

4819 EV Breda





By car: you can park at the parking lot of A,mphia Langendijk. At the registration desk of the congress you can attain a free exit ticket.

By plane: Airports are in Eindhoven (half an hour drive by car); Rotterdam (45 min drive); Brussels Zaventem (50 min drive) or Amsterdam Schiphol (70 min drive).

By public transport: travelling with public transport in the Netherlands: public transport in the Netherlands 

  • Train from Schiphol to Breda Intercity Direct:   leaves twice an hour at 0.23 and 0.53, travel time 52 minutes. Supplement needed.
  • Bus from Train station to Amphia Langendijk

Travel to Amphia Langendijk



Taxi Airport Service:

+31 (0) 76 260 00 14        2 hours ahead (€ 90-110)

+31 (0) 76 522 88 88        8 hours ahead (€100-150)

+31 6 10 10 80 18             (€ 75-100)