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ESD Training in St. Petersburg, Russia

ESD Training in St. Petersburg, Russia

Helping to spread endoscopic techniques worldwide

Jan. 20, 2014

Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) is a technique that uses an endoscope to remove lesions of the gastrointestinal tract. Already in use in Japan for more than a decade, the technique is starting to see adoption in medical practice throughout the world, based on its major benefits for patients. These benefits include quick post-surgery recovery and a reduced likelihood of complications.

Training was reported in the local newspaper

Training was reported in the local newspaper

PENTAX Medical, along with the release of ESD products, is contributing to activities that are expanding this technology globally. In February 2013, we provided backing for a seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia aimed at enhancing knowledge of ESD techniques among local physicians. At the seminar, ten ESD procedures were performed under the direction of two leading ESD practitioners, Ken Ohata (Chief of Gastroenterology, Director of Endoscopy Center, NTT Medical Center Tokyo), and Yosuke Tsuji (Department of Gastroenterology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo). The physicians in attendance watched intently, showing a strong interest in acquiring the advanced techniques exhibited by the instructors. Following the establishment of an organization in September 2013 for furthering the use of ESD treatment techniques in Asia, we provided support for ESD workshops in October in the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Dalian.

ESD demonstration by Dr. Ohata in Chengdu, China

ESD demonstration by Dr. Ohata in Chengdu, China

Dr. Ohata commented, "Helping to raise the level of medical techniques overseas will lead to more people being saved." We at PENTAX Medical intend to continue supporting similar training, contributing to worldwide use of endoscopic techniques that minimize the burden on patients.

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