“The future of AS in Latin America will be a success”
The 2nd IAAS Iberoamerica2023 Congress took place in an online format, with the main
objective being the implementation, promotion and expansion of surgery performed on an
outpatient basis, in Latin American countries. With the grant of IAAS it was organized by
ASECMA, APCA and ASECMA.
IAAS intends to expand and extend Ambulatory Surgery (AS) as much as possible to all
countries worldwide, as we all know that the best way to treat the vast majority of our
patients, who require surgical intervention, will be through the outpatient pathway.
The Latin American region is made up of a large number of countries, united by several
common points, namely language, being identified by the IAAS as one of the areas of the globe
with the greatest potential for growth of AS.
There were present 173 participants, from 14 countries, including medical professionals from
different specialities, nurses and hospital administrators.
Participants had the opportunity to interact between the 2 rooms of the Congress, choosing
the topics that aroused their greatest interest.
15 round tables were held and 57 lectures were presented, on the topics selected by the
Scientific Committee, whose President was Dr. Frederico Branco, Urology specialist, from the
city of Porto, to whom we thank all the commitment, involvement and contribution to the
enormous success of this Congress.
At the end of the day, a session of best Posters was held, where the 5 best papers were
The outcome of this Congress was frankly positive and we all hope that it will have a very
positive impact, so that in the near future many countries and hospital units, will include
programs related to AS in their medical and surgical assistance programs, thus enhancing and
making available all its advantages to everyone involved in the AS process.