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8 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9 T his year's Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) meeting in Baltimore provided a powerful snapshot of how far our discipline has come — and how far we can go — in improving patient outcomes, surgical techniques and operational efficiency. As chair of SAGES's new Technology Council, I'm very for- tunate to be close to the latest and greatest developments in our field. What were the trends at the show? We're seeing increased develop- ment of computer-assisted technologies that enhance minimally inva- sive surgery. At the end of the day, it's all about minimal trespass and pain, and faster recoveries. It's great to see that robotics is getting bet- ter. We're seeing a little bit of artificial intelligence starting to drop into commercial products. Imaging technologies are progressing. The other major theme is related to the opioid crisis. More compa- nies are showing a serious interest in providing us with opioid-reduc- ing or opioid-eliminating solutions for pain management. These solu- tions are not mechanical but biotechnological, and show great poten- tial. I saw quite a few clever ideas in the SAGES exhibit hall. Here are some of them. These aren't endorsements on my part, but examples of concepts that I found highly intriguing. 7 Exciting Advances in Laparoscopy and Endoscopy The chair of SAGES's new Technology Council reviews a few of the ingenious products on display in the 2019 exhibit hall. Christopher Schlachta, MD | London, Ontario

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