The aim of the clinical immersion is to provide team training on Fast Track Bariatric & Metabolic Procedures. The introduction of the fast track program improves short-term recovery, patient flow and may reduce direct hospital-related resources.

Participants of this program will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss different bariatric procedures during live cases (RYGB, Sleeve Gastrectomy, SADI-S and Revisional Surgery) with expert faculty
  • Learn how to implement fast track and improve OR organization
  • Discuss patient cases with expert faculty and learn how to better manage complications
  • Get an insight in the eHealth & 5-year follow-up patient pathway


This program is designed for multi-disciplinary teams that would like to implement fast track within their bariatric department and grow their number of procedures per day.

The team should have a good understanding on how to perform laparoscopic bariatric (RYGB & Sleeve Gastrectomy) procedures. 

The maximum capacity is a team of 6 participants. The optimal team set up contains a minimum of 2 bariatric surgeons, 1 anesthesiologist, 1 scrub nurse, 1 nutritionist and 1 OR manager. 


By attending this course, participants will:

  • Learn to implement fast track as a team
  • Discuss patient screening and total patient pathway optimization (including long-term follow-up & eHealth)
  • Gain insights in individual techniques and technical tricks for metabolic surgery 
  • Obtain a better view on the safe and effective use of laparoscopic staplers, ultrasonic, and advanced bi-polar energy devices


Catharina Hospital Eindhoven.

Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Arrival on Day 1 in the morning or in the evening the day before.

Live cases, lectures and discussion.

Evening: Scientific discussion and dinner with faculty.

Day 2: 

Lectures and tour of the obesity center.

Flight departing earliest at 5 PM.


Day 1: 

  • Live surgery – RYGB/Sleeve Gastrectomy/Revisional Surgery
  • Post/pre-operation briefing
  • How to implement fast track – multi-disciplinary approach
  • Clinical outcomes overview & link to Dutch Audit for Treatment of Obesity (DATO) registry
  • Tips & tricks on how to increase patient volume according to fast track 
  • Anesthesiology protocol
  • Financial impact of fast track implementation
  • Evening: Scientific discussion and dinner with Faculty

Day 2:

  • Visit of the obesity centre and patient group session 
  • Nutrition protocol after surgery
  • Patient pathway after care & 5-year follow-up
  • Remote follow-up of patient and eHealth promotion

Optional: Extra live surgery cases can be added to the program.