Surgical Aspects in Paediatric Gastroenterology

June 01 - 03, 2023

General Information

General Information

We are delighted to invite you to the first surgical education event organised by ESPGHAN.
Surgery is essential in the diagnosis and treatment of many paediatric gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Working collaboratively with the paediatric surgeons in the diagnosis, treatment, possible complications and follow up of these pathologies are key aspects for a paediatric gastroenterologist. In addition, the ESPGHAN approved Syllabus (European Training Requirements for Training in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) requires this knowledge.

The aim of this course is to discuss and understand GI pathologies in which the surgical intervention is vital; the event is addressed to an audience of young gastroenterologist and allied health professionals like nutrition and bowel nurses but also to more senior clinicians who wish to get a better understanding of a multidisciplinary team approach for these conditions.  

The course language is English.

Application & Fees

Application will open in the first quater of 2023. Please monitor this webpage for updates.

Participation fees:
Basic Fee: EUR 100.00

Application process: The number of participants is limited and a delegates will be selected by the local organisers after the deadline. Applicants will be selected upon their CV and a motivation letter. Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members. ESPGHAN Members may attend two courses per year and non-members may attend one course before becoming members of the society. 

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Applications submitted by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the tool, please contact us at office@espghan

Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office. 


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 -June 01 2023

14:30 –15:00 Registration and coffee

15:00 – 15:30 Welcome and overview 


Session 1

15:30 – 17:45: Short bowel syndrome 

15:30 – 16:00 Aetiology of short bowel syndrome

- Intestinal atresia


- Gastroschisis

- Malrotation

16:00 – 16:30 Early Management of SBS - Surgical aspects for gastroenterologists

16:30 – 17:00 Stoma management and restoring bowel continuity

17:00 – 17:30 Lengthening procedures

17:30 – 17:45 Intestinal transplantation

Day 02 - June 02 2023

Session 2

8:30 – 9:30 Congenital foregut and midgut conditions 

- Oesophageal atresia +/- tracheoesophageal fistula

- Duodenal obstructions

- Exomphalos

- Pyloric stenosis


9:30-10:30 Surgical causes of bilious vomiting – a systematic approach 

10:30-11:00 Coffee break


Session 3:

11:00 – 12:00 Congenital lower GI disorders 

11:00 -11:30 Surgical Anorectal anomalies

11:30 – 11:45 Hirschsprung’s disease

11:45- 12:00 Cloaca – and the politics


Session 4:

12:00 – 13:30 Acute surgical pathologies 

- Obstruction (Intestinal obstruction, mechanical ileus, intussusception etc.)

- Perforation – features, causes and action

- Inflammation – including benefits of keeping the appendix

- GI Bleeding (include vascular abnormalities of the GI tract and liver)

- Ischaemia

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch


Session 5

14:30 – 16:00 Elective surgical pathologies 

14:30 – 15:00 Constipation

15:00 – 15:30 Surgical aspects of polyposis syndrome

15:30 – 16:00 Management of anorectal disease

Mucosal rectal prolapse



Perianal fistula

Rectal Bleeding

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break


Session 6

16:30 – 18:00 Surgical aspects in IBD 

Day 03 - June 03 2023

09:30 – 11:00 Surgical treatment in liver disease 

- Surgical treatment for pruritus

- Kasai portoenterestomy

- Liver Transplant

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break


Session 9:

11:30 – 12:45 Workshop (3 difficult cases to be discussed with faculty) and panel discussion

12:45 – 13:00 Summary and closing remarks

13:00 Lunch and departure

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 2 nights in single occupancy (arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Dinners and social programme (arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material 


COVID-19 Information

This school is planned for onsite participation only. We will be carefully monitoring the situation in Portugal and Europe as well as national COVID-19 regulations. ESPGHAN reserves the right to postpone/cancel the course or change its current format if deemed necessary to protect the health of our delegates, faculty and staff.

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office


If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401



Application for this course will open in the first quater of 2023. Please monitor this website for updates.