Welcome Note

It is our privilege and special pleasure to invite you to the 2nd European Congress of the International Association For Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) that will be held in Budapest, Hungary, from 10 – 12 May 2018. Following the impressive success of the 10th IAAS International Congress On Ambulatory Surgery, in Budapest 2013, Budapest is chosen again, because it is believed to be an excellent setting to discuss the current progress of day surgery, the start and development of day surgery in the countries of Central and East Europe under the different socio-economic and health reform processes, the new concepts and the advances in modern surgical interventions in the fields of endoscopy and laparoscopic technology that will certainly enhance the rapid expansion of our method to shorten hospital stay, and to give a better way of treatment and quality of life to our patients.

High scientific level sessions will be organized: plenary lectures, symposia, free paper sessions, interactive workshops and debates in all the aspects of surgeons, nursing, management and technology. A large number of day surgery experts and scientists have already committed themselves to actively participate in the scientific programme. However, we rely on the most meaningful participation of many colleagues from all over the world in order to make our congress another milestone in IAAS history, and history in all European countries, especially the countries of Central-Middle Europe.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities not only in Europe but in the entire world, to enjoy the Congress, tourism and the famous Hungarian Hospitality.

With our kindest regards

Dr. Gamal Eldin Mohamed
President of the Congress
Dr. Beverly Philip
President of the IAAS

General Information


Chair: Douglas McWhinnie (UK)

Beverly Philip (USA) 
Janecskó Mária (Hungary)
Ian Jackson (UK)
Carlo Castoro (Italy)
Corrine Vons (France)
Paulo Lemos (Portugal)


Chair: Gamal Eldin Mohamed (Hungary)

Beverly Philip (USA)
Luc Van Outryve (Belgium)
Marian Aland (Norway)
Hanne Fons (Denmark)
Jelena Petrovic (Serbia)
Masa Hrelec Patrlj (Croatia)
Florentina Cadariu (Romania)
Jan Eshuis (The Netherlands)
Zhang Zhenzhong (China)
Bakir Helic (Rep. of Bosnia & Herczegovina)
Viola Miklos (Slovakia)
Carlos Magalhaes (Potugal)

CME Accreditation

(EACCME) European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) the accredation is in progress.

Congress Venue

Danubius Hotel HÉLIA
Address: Budapest, Kárpát u. 62-64, 1133
Phone: (361) 889 5800

Local scientific COMMITTEE

Chair: Janecskó Maria

Gál János
Iványi Zsolt
Fülesdi Béla
Lázár György
Bezsilla János    
Wéber György
Sándor József
Lehóczky Péter
Hangody László
Bódis József
Ács Nándor
Gerő György 
Turchányi Béla
Flóris István
Vámosi Péter
Tóth László
Tamás László
Buzogány István
Hupuczi Petronella


Beverly Philip

Immediate past president:
Gamal Eldin Mohamed

Past President:
Ian Jackson

Past President:
Carlo Castoro

President elect:
Douglas McWhinnie

Jan Eshuis

Luc Van Outryve

Arnaldo Valedone
Vons Corinne
Zhang Zhenzhong
Carlos Magalhaes
Hanne Fons

Preliminary Program

Main topics

  1. Ambulatory surgery: the optimal design in different countries
  2. How does the planned patient stay influence the design and the pathway? 
  3. Do we need to change our definition?
  4. New procedures to be added to the basket of ambulatory surgery
  5. Are there any changes in the optimisation criteria of patient selection?
  1. How to build and organize an ambulatory surgery unit within the hospital?
  2. The gate to the pathway
  3. Does the addition of new procedures influence our activities?
  4. The importance of nursing and rehabilitation during and after the procedure
  5. How do anesthesia methods influence the recovery and discharge process?

  1. Socio-economic aspects of ambulatory surgery
  2. Equity and accessibility: how can we treat poor people?
  3. Financing day surgery in different countries
  4. Experience of different countries in building day surgery
  5. Education and research    
  6. Patient safety

Thursday, May 10, 2018

08:30 – 11:00: Executive Committee Meeting

11:30 – 16:30: General Assembly Meeting

Dinner for GA (Host: Hungarian Association)

Friday, May 11, 2018






08.30-09.00Opening ceremony

09.00-09.30Opening lecture:
Are there any changes in the optimisation criteria of patient selection?
Beverly Philip

09.30-10.00Opening lecture:
Emergency ambulatory surgery

Douglas McWhinnie


Building a day surgery unit:

1. In Hospital
Jan Eshuis & Ian Jackson

2. Free-standing
Arnaldo Valedon


Coffee break

11.30-13.00Innovation in day surgery anesthesia
Paulo Lemos
Staff Education, Patient education & patient information
Carlo Castoro
Hungarian SessionSymposia
(Pain treatment)


14.00-15.30The Barriers of Day surgery:
CEE countries, delegates

Gamal Mohamed
Nursing and rehabilitation
Marian Aland
Hungarian SessionFree paper session​

1.The gate to the pathway
Doug McWhinnie

2. Human factors, teamwork and team building in theatres
Ian Jackson

Free paper session:
General surgery


Social program
Horse-show, Gipsy Muscic & Dancing Gala Dinner 

Saturday, May 12, 2018






Preoperative Assessment
Beverly Philip, Hanne Fons
Free Paper Session
(Shoulder Surgery)

Patient safety issues:

1. Patient at risk

2. Information technology and patient safety
Mark Skues, Ian Jackson, Mária Janecskó

Hungarian Session


Coffee break


1. Recommendations for New Procedures to be introduced to the IAAS Basket
arlos Magalhaes, Fernando Docobo

2. Financing day surgery in different countries

Innovation in pain treatmentFree Paper Session
(Gynecology, GA Endoscopy, ENT)

Closing ceremony

Farewell & Welcome to Porto
Gamal Mohamed, Carlos Magalhaes

Registration and Accomodation

Registration fees per person ​(prices include 27% VAT)

On-site registration
IAAS member feeEUR 400EUR 450EUR 500
Non-member feeEUR 450EUR 500EUR 600
Resident/Trainee under 30 years*EUR 200EUR 250EUR 400
NurseEUR 200EUR 250EUR 300
Accompanying personEUR 200EUR 250EUR 400

Registration fees cover the following services: name badge, congress bag, access to all scientific programs of Congress, program and abstract book,  CME Credit, lunchs on Friday, Saturday, coffee and soft drink.
Registration fee for accompanying person: name badge, access to all scientific programs of Congress, English speaking guided sight-seeing tour on Thursday.

Accomodation (Optional services, doesn’t part of the package)


Danubius Hotel Helia Conference
congress venue
Budapest, Kárpát utca 62-64, 1133 Hungary
Phone: (+36) 1  889 5800; Fax: (+36) 1 889 5801; Web: www.danubiushotels.com
Deluxe standard single room with breakfastEUR 100 /room /night 
Deluxe standard double room with breakfastEUR 110 /room /night 
Deluxe standard single room, with Danube view with breakfastEUR 110 /room /night 
Deluxe standard double room, with Danube view with breakfastEUR 120 /room /night 

The Hotel rooms will be booked and paid by the guests individually via reservation link created by the Hotel.


Accommodation requests after 28, March 2018 cannot be guaranteed. As we have limited availability in each hotel, reservation requests can be fulfilled on first come first served basis. Rates are intended per room, per night, 27% VAT included. Only guaranteed reservation will be accepted; to guarantee the reservation, full payment should be done either by bank transfer, or by credit card. Please use one from per each registered guest. No any reservation will be accepted by phone.

Room reservation will be confirmed in writing as soon as the full lodging cost of your stay has been received. The prices are inlcude the breakfast.

Danubius Hotel Margitsziget 
20 minutes from congress venue with public transportation
Budapest, Margitsziget, 1007 Hungary
Phone.:(+36) 1 889 4725 Fax: (+36) 1 889 4989; Web: www.danubiushotels.com
Single room with breakfastEUR 130 /room /night 
Double room with breakfastEUR 140 /room /night 

The Hotel rooms will be booked and paid by the guests individually via reservation link created by the Hotel. 


The Aquincum Hotel Budapest
30 minutes from congress venue with public transportation
Budapest, Árpád fejedelem útja 94, 1036 Hungary
Phone: (+36) 1 436 4100 Fax: (+36) 1 436 4156 Web: www.aquincumhotel.com
Single room with breakfastEUR 135 /room /night 
Double room with breakfastEUR 145 /room /night 

Social Programs

The organizers have prepared an exciting social program for congress participants! 
We look forward to welcoming you in the magnificent city of Budapest and spend a great time together!

Banquet Dinner

The Annual Dinner is going to take place on Friday, May 11, 2018
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018: 20.00-23.30.
Departure: from Congress Venue.
Departure time: 19:00.

Venue: Lazar Equestrian Park
Address: H-2182 Domonyvölgy, Fenyő utca 47. (GPS: W.: N47.62949 L.: E19.40773)

Price before 10.03.2018: EUR 60
Price after 10.03.2018: EUR 70

Budapest sight-seeing tour

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 / 14:00 – 17:00
Departure: from Congress Venue
Departure time: 10:00.

The tour takes 3-4 hours with stops at historical places. During the tour, guests can get acquainted with the major attractions of the capital of Hungary. Transfer is included.

(Minimum 20 people)

Price before 10.03.2018: EUR 40
Price after 10.03.2018: EUR 50

Danube Bend Tour

Sunday, May 13, 2018 / 09:00 – 17:00
Departure: from Congress Venue
Departure time: 09:00.

The program includes a visit to one of most famous historical Baroque artists' village, Szentendre.  After sight-seeing in Szentendre the next stop is Visegrad, visiting at the Visegrad Citadel, a formal royal residence and fort. Near the Citadel a traditional 3-course Hungarian lunch is organized for the guests. Transfer is included.

(Minimum 20 people)

Price before 10.03.2018: EUR 70
Price after 10.03.2018: EUR 80

About Budapest

Budapest and its surroundings

Some fall in love with Budapest at first sight, others will only become devotees after a longer stay, but no-one denies that it is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. The wide stream of the Danube divides the metropolis of some two million inhabitants into two, the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. The panorama over the Danube and the radial avenue of Andrássy út are on the UNESCO world heritage list. Once you have seen them flood-lit, you will appreciate why.

Budapest - History of the City

The story starts on the Buda side when Celts settled on Gellért Hill well before the birth of Christ. This territory was later occupied by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. in their effort to expand the empire's frontiers north to the river Danube. The Roman settlement – Aquincum - grew into a town of 30,000 inhabitants and became the main city of Pannonia province. The Romans constructed paved roads, amphitheatres, bastions and fortified strongholds here, the ruins of which now increase Óbuda district's reputation.

Magyars settling in the territory in the 9th-10th century considered the river Danube the core of their new homeland rather than a natural borderline. The flat areas were populated first, including the large island that once stood where Pest City Centre stands today. The Tatar invasion in the 13th century quickly proved that defence is strategically difficult on a plain. King Béla IV therefore ordered the construction of reinforced stone walls around the towns and set his own royal palace on the top of the protecting hills of Buda.

The town's development was abruptly halted and took a new direction in the 16th century. Formerly rich settlements of Western civilization were gradually turned into vivid oriental "towns" and later abandoned, while the Christian cross was replaced by a new symbol: the crescent of the East. The Turkish occupation lasted for more than 140 years and left only very few marks but much destruction. All the values created by the occupants are linked to water - Turkish thermal baths are the best example. So after the Romans, we "owe a note of thanks" to the Turks for turning our city into a valuable spa resort capitalizing on its rich thermal resources. Some of the pools built in Budapest during the Turkish thraldom are still used today, like Rudas, Király, and another reminder of the Turkish times in Hungary.

The 18th century marked the slow awakening and recovery of the city. On the other hand the 19th century was the age of major changes and witnessed the birth of a completely new city almost from scratch. The hills of Buda and the city walls of Pest no longer provided protection and limited space was a barrier to real development. The core of the shaping metropolis thus moved down from the hill to the plains, making Pest the centre again. 1867 was the year of Reconciliation that brought about the birth of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy which significantly contributed to the blossoming of the country and its capital city.

In 1873 Buda and Pest were officially merged with the third part, Óbuda (Ancient Buda), thus creating the new metropolis of Budapest. The rapidly growing and flourishing city received new public offices, avenues, channels, public lighting, horse carriageways, a subway, green parks and bridges. By the turn of the century it was a genuine rival to Vienna. Dynamic Pest grew into the country's administrative, political, economic, trade and cultural hub.

The destruction of the Second World War could only be compared to the devastation wrought by the Turkish occupiers. After the war and until May 1990, when the first democratically elected government took power, the country was a victim of communist imperialism. The achievements of the political changes and the past decade, like democracy and a market economy, help to efface the dictatorship of the not so distant past.