Funding for this research was provided by:
European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and other Interventional Techniques
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Received: 18 March 2019
Accepted: 29 May 2019
First Online: 27 June 2019
Compliance with ethical standards
: Nader K. Francis, Patricia Sylla, Maria Abou-Khalil, Simone Arolfo, David Berler, Nathan J. Curtis, Scott C. Dolejs, Richard Garfinkle, Marguerite Gorter-Stam, Daniel A. Hashimoto, Taryn E. Hassinger, Charlotte Molenaar, Philip H. Pucher, Valérie Schuermans, Alberto Arezzo, Ferdinando Agresta, Stavros A. Antoniou, Tan Arulampalam, Marylise Boutros, Nicole Bouvy, Kenneth Campbell, Todd Francone, Stephen P. Haggerty, Traci L. Hedrick, Dimitrios Stefanidis, Mike S. Truitt, Jillian Kelly, Hans Ket, Brian J. Dunkin and Andrea Pietrabissa declare that they have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.The following authors report financial disclosures unrelated to this manuscript: NK Francis (Consultant for Medtronic and Olympus), P Sylla (Consultant for Ethicon, Medtronic, Medrobotics, Olympus, GI Supply, Boston Scientific), NJ Curtis (Consultant for Acelity), DA Hashimoto (Consultant for Google, Johnson & Johnson Institute, Gerson Lehrman Group; Research funding from Olympus), PH Pucher (Consultant for Fundamental Surgery), A Arezzo (Consultant for Karl Storz), T Francone (Consultant for Medtronic), B Dunkin (Presently employed by Boston Scientific, his contribution to this study took place before moving to this position).