Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Lecture and Cadaver Lab Fri, Sep 28 6:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The abdominal wall cadaver course will provide a hands on experience with the various highest level reconstructive techniques in a safe and effective manner.

Expert hernia and abdominal wall surgeons will be participating with this lab and provide guidance and assistance with abdominal wall reconstruction techniques. Focus on minimizing complications, proper mesh selection, techniques for closing large defects, maximizing successful outcomes, and techniques for safely navigating patients through recovery from these procedures. A thorough assessment of the anterior abdominal wall anatomy will be demonstrated.

The dissections will include anterior and posterior components separation. Various locations for mesh placement such as the recto-rectus, underlay, and only placements will be created and performed. There will be various mesh products available for handling and use to better understand the physical properties of each.

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and be able to perform many of these complex reconstructive techniques.
  2. Develop familiarity with different methods and releases of AWR.
  3. Understand abdominal wall anatomy related to its reconstruction.
  4. Perform advanced component separation and mesh inset techniques.
  5. Recognize properly selected techniques to reconstruct various abdominal wall defects.

Additional Fee: $1,575

Program Subject to Change.

Educational Grant Provided by: Platinum: Allergan Medical


Subject to change

6:15 AM

Registration (coffee and breakfast provided)

6:45 AM

Getting Started in AWR - Things to Know for My Practice

6:45 AM

Faculty Introductions and Overview - Jeffrey Janis, MD

7:15 AM

Pre-operative Optimization in AWR - How to Avoid Complications - B. Todd Heniford, MD, FACS

7:30 AM

It's the Little Things that Matter - Avoiding Complications Through Intra-operative Strategies - Jeffrey Janis, MD

7:45 AM

Where Should I Put the Mesh - Charles Butler, MD

8:00 AM

How Do I Close This? - Component Separations in AWR - John P. Fischer, MD, MPH

8:15 AM

Q & A

8:30 AM

Advances in AWR - Innovations, Techniques and Reimbursement

8:30 AM

Update on Biomaterials in AWR - So Many Meshes, So Little Time - Gregory Dumanian, MD

8:45 AM

Quality of Life in AWR - What Does the Data Say? - John P. Fischer, MD, MPH

9:00 AM

Soft Tissue Management - Drains, Vacs and More - Jeffrey Janis, MD

9:15 AM

Panniculectomy in AWR - Good Idea or Bad Idea? - Stephen Kovach, MD

9:30 AM

Succeeding Through Collaboration - The Role of a Multi-disciplinary Practice for Treating Complex Abdominal Wall Defects - B. Todd Heniford, MD, FACS

9:45 AM

Optimizing Value in Your Practice - A Primer on Reimbursement - Stephen Kovach, MD

10:00 AM

Special Topic: Surgical Technique Review - High-yield Tips and Tricks for Practice - J.P. Fischer, MD, MPH; B.T. Heniford, MD, FACS; J. Janis, MD; S. Kovach, MD

10:30 AM

Q & A

10:45 AM

Break for Lab

11:00 AM

Cadaver Lab

11:00 AM

Review of Retromuscular Dissection

11:10 AM

Review of External Obligue Release

11:20 AM

Review of Perforator Preservation Techniques

11:30 AM

Review of TAR

11:40 AM

Individual Dissections

Accreditation: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.