Brice Gayet of the University of Paris won the gold medal for laparoscopic liver resection and the bronze went to Barry Salky of New York for rectal cancer surgery.Dr. Palanivelu said he missed the gold by a whisker – by just 0.5 points -- in the first-of-its-kind Olympics in surgery. He performed the laparoscopic Whipple operation for pancreatic cancer.
While nine surgeons the world over were short-listed for the finals at Phoenix in the State of Arizona in the U.S., the organisers had screened entries from the outstanding presentations at the previous congresses.After scrutiny the final nine had to make the video presentations of their innovative techniques at Phoenix.
The event had generated a lot of interest among international laparoscopy surgeons and it would be a permanent one. On laparoscopy, Dr. Palanivelu explained that the minimally invasive procedure that was begun in 1990 for gall stone removal was now used in all operations to treat disorders in the digestive system.