Dear Reader,

Welcome to the 2013 International Edition of General Surgery News. In this issue, we are pleased to highlight research from the recent annual meeting of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery, in Vienna, along with updates on research and technology from surgeon investigators around the world.

Along with these news reports, we feature another installment of The Surgeons’ Lounge. In this column, the editors include highlights from recent symposia—The International Colorectal Disease Symposium and the Surgery of the Foregut Symposium—directed by Steven Wexner, MD and Raul Rosenthal, MD, from Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston.

And, on page 13 you will find a surgeon-authored clinical review of pain management in anorectal surgery.

We hope that you find this issue of value to your practice. After perusing this edition, we ask that you take a moment to fill out the enclosed survey so that we may better serve you in the future. Thank you for your readership, and we look forward to hearing from you.


Kevin Horty, Group Publication Editor

Maureen Sullivan, Associate Editor