Pelvicare: sharing Bordeaux expertise throughout the world

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. In France, 40,000 new cases are detected each year placing it in third position after prostate and breast cancer. In terms of mortality rate, it is in second position after lung cancer.

  • 01/02/2018

With approximately 1,300 patients treated per year for colorectal diseases, the digestive surgery unit of the Bordeaux University Hospital possesses national and international expertise within the domain of colorectal surgery. Based on this considerable experience, the medical and surgical Magellan center opened in 2016 as a hub of expertise, within the Bordeaux University Hospital, for the treatment of  digestive diseases. This ultra-modern center offers patients high-quality care and flexible medical treatment, thanks to the presence of medical and surgical skills all within one place.


In 2017, the PelviCare project was launched by Professor Rullier* and Doctor Denost*, colorectal surgeons at the Magellan center with support from the fondation Bordeaux Université as well as the industrial sector*. The aim of the PelviCare project is to share Bordeaux expertise on a national and international level. This is achieved by proposing training, new surgical techniques and therapeutic innovations as well as developing clinical research.

The project is organized according to three main subjects: Education, Innovation and Valorization. Within the Pelvicare Education section, in addition to clinical immersion opportunities, a Masterclass has been developed.

PelvEduc - Masterclass

The objective of this Masterclass is to:

  • Understand the standard and variations of surgical techniques in colorectal surgery
  • Know how to master the main technical difficulties
  • Discuss the latest therapeutic innovations

In terms of format, a maximum of around 40 participants follow one week of training, which includes theoretical learning, live surgery and interactive sessions. Professors and doctors from an international pool of scientific experts cover the topic of medical and technical innovation for colorectal cancer, benign diseases / inflammatory bowel disease and pelvic floor disorders. The first Masterclass was held in October 2017, the second is scheduled for the 12th – 16th March 2018 and the third session is already confirmed for the 15th – 19th October 2018.

Prof. Rullier describes the unique offer of this Masterclass…

"Bordeaux has long been internationally renowned for its expertise within the domain of colorectal surgery. With the new Magellan Center, this reputation for excellence continues to grow. Unique in France and with only few other similar hubs in Europe, this center unites all colorectal surgical specialties in one single place, thus providing treatment for all aspects of the disease.

For over 10 years, the Bordeaux University Hospital offered a monthly two-day training session on highly specialized surgical techniques. Building on this format, the Masterclass was developed to respond to a demand for a more complete, interactive training with close contact to leading surgeons and doctors". 

This session is “one of a kind”, including live surgery every morning and covering the totality of colorectal diseases.

Prof. Rullier — Head of the Colorectal Unit, Magellan Center, Haut Leveque Hospital, Bordeaux

What do the participants say? 

"This week long training session is very complete and intense. The practical sessions of this Masterclass allows us to follow the operating techniques and the anatomical points of colorectal surgery, with a running commentary delivered by highly experienced surgeons. The theoretical sessions present the most recent surgical innovations which ensures that we are fully up to date". (Dr. E.C., Suisse)

"Delivered by internationally renowned oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists and surgeons, the presentations cover the topic of colorectal surgery from A to Z and are interactive - Prof. Rullier and Dr Denost make sure to answer each and every question. The live surgeries demonstrate recent innovations along with advice and best practices". (Dr. Alexandre Didier, Nancy)

Stay tuned!

For upcoming sessions and more information:

* Professor Eric Rullier is Head of the Colorectal Unit at the Magellan Center from Haut Leveque Hospital in Bordeaux, France.

* Doctor Quentin Denost is an Assistant Professor in colorectal and pelvic surgery at the Bordeaux University Hospital, France.

* Sponsors: ETHICON, STERIS, Medtronic