Invitation: The Bergen Sleeve Symposium

Welcome to a symposium that will focus on sleeve gastrectomy and reflux. 

Date: 19th of May 2022
Location: Clarion Hotel, Flesland, Bergen, Norway
Time: 12.30 - 18.00

Dr. Gregg Jossart was one of the first surgeons to use laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a stand-alone bariatric procedure, and in the first part of the program he will share his experience with the audience.

The second part will focus on gastro-oesophageal reflux. The prevalence of gastrooesophageal reflux has been reported to increase after sleeve resections. We will discuss relevant definitions, endoscopic and histological findings, and surgical techniques aiming to overcome reflux after sleeve. Professor in medical gastroenterology at Haukeland University Hospital, Jan Hatlebakk, will start this session. 

Then after a break with coffee and sandwiches, honorary professor Stephen Attwood, who was the first person to describe oesinophilic oesophagitis, will give us a summary of the Aspect study and an update on eosinophilic oesophagitis.


Chair: Anders Thorell, Ersta hospital Stockholm.

12. 30 – 12.45 Welcome and introduction.
Villy Våge. MD, PhD, Leader SOReg Norway. 

12. 45 – 14.45 Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
History, development, surgical technique (video and talk). Gregg Jossart. MD, FACS, FASMBS. California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, USA.

14.45 – 15.00 Break

15.00 – 16.00 Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and Barrets oesophagus:
- Basic definitions of the anatomy. Definitions, prevalence and risk factors for 
GORD and Barrets. Surveillance? 20 min. Jan Hatlebakk, Haukeland University 
Hospital Bergen (HUS). 
- Histological findings. 10 min. Hege Aase Sætran, pathologist, HUS.
- Sleeve gastrectomy: Can we prevent GORD? The Sleeve-pex study. 10 min. 
- Surgical treatment of GORD after sleeve gastrectomy. 10 min. 
Both talks: Villy Våge

16.00 – 16.45 Break with coffee and sandwiches

16.45 – 17.45 Does PPI affect cancer risk? A summary of the Aspect study.
Oesinophilic oesophagitis: An update.
Both talks: Stephen Attwood

17.45 - Q & A, discussion 

To register, please send an e-mail to stina.klara.kristina.hanson@helse-bergen.no
before the 1st of April.

Free attendance. Seats will be distributed on a «first come, first serve» basis. 

If any questions concerning the symposium, please contact Villy Våge by e-mail​ or phone: (+47) 908 63 744.