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Abdominal Wall Reconstruction: It's Not About the Mesh Fri, Oct 22

Although Plastic & reconsructive surgery already published a special issue on 'current concepts in abdominal wall reconstruction', it is still a field which is neither very popular nor very familiar to plastic surgeons. New concepts such as chemical component separation using Botox as well as a variety of new bio prosthetic materials available will be worth discussing. Building a collaborative partnership with our colleague general surgeons, and their new perspectives and techniques such as robot-assisted eTEP access will also be covered.

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

  1. Explain the role and importance of a multidisciplinary team in abdominal wall reconstruction, and how to start set up one in their practice.
  2. Describe merits and demerits of different types of synthetic, biologic, or biosynthetic meshes currently available, and choose a right one for their reconstruction.
  3. Explain the basic concepts and techniques of surgical and chemical component separation.
  4. Explain the specific roles of plastic surgeons in abdominal wall reconstruction, especially in the era of minimally invasive surgery.
  5. Identify new areas and challenges in abdominal wall reconstruction such as robot-assisted techniques or abdominal wall transplantation.

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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.