The primary focus of this mission was to collaborate with the Lao physicians and surgeons to provide experience with complex operations so that they can continue the work after the team has left. Over seven days we operated on 30 patients. We trained Lao surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses. All operations were successful and there were no complications. In the past, many of these complex operations were sent to the capital Vientiane or Thailand, which did not provide the local Lao surgeons with the opportunity to develop surgical skills in this area.