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Dear Collegues and Friends,


Henri Steyaert

As new President of the GECI (Groupe d’Etude en Coeliochirurgie Infantile) it is a pleasure for me to see that the abstracts of the joint meeting between the GECI and the ESPES (European Society of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons) are accepted for publication in the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Specialties.
Thanks a lot to the Editors and the Editorial Board of the Journal to help diffusing papers of our Minimal Invasive Community. Thank you to the organizers of the last meeting in Marseille which was really a success.
Minimal Invasive Surgery has proven its feasibility for almost every case, even in malignant disease. Laparoscopy is used for selective cases, but not notwithstanding the advantages in terms of scars and important decrease of skin infections, adhesions and probably postoperative pain control, we have still to prove that we will have better results than by an open approach. Congresses like the one organized by ESPES and societies like GECI have to be motors in this field.
Et, for the french ones, « A bientôt !» à Bruxelles pour le prochain Congrès du GECI.

Professor Henri Steyaert
Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery
Brussels Free University ULB