FEBRUARY 2 – 4, 2017
Grand Summit Hotel, Park City, Utah

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Summit Highlights:

  • Laparoscopic VHR 2.0: What the experts do today
  • Perforator sparring and endoscopic anterior component separation
  • Open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches
  • Robotic ventral and inguinal repair
  • Plastic surgeon tips for soft tissue challenges
  • Patient optimization and enhanced recovery pathway
  • Video highlights of open and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs
  • Management of groin pain and sports hernia

2017 Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Summit brought to you by the



The reconstruction of abdominal wall defects remains one of the most challenging dilemmas facing surgeons. A multitude of prosthetic materials are available to improve outcomes in ventral hernia repair. The surgeon can choose from both laparoscopic approaches and open repairs and, in certain circumstances, a combination of the two. Furthermore, robotic ventral and inguinal repairs are gaining in popularity. Even though ventral hernia repair remains one of the most common procedures performed, there is little consensus as to the best surgical technique, prosthetic material of choice, or strategies to repair complex defects.

In this summit, participants will be exposed to all aspects of abdominal wall reconstructions including:

• Laparoscopic hernia repairs

• Complex open abdominal wall reconstruction techniques
   – Open (traditional) anterior component separation
   – Laparoscopic and periumbilical sparring component separation
   – Posterior component separation and transversus abdominis release (TAR)
   – Laparoscopic and robotic TAR

• Parastomal, flank and other difficult hernia repairs

• Reconstructions in the setting of infection, contamination, enterocutaneous fistulas and loss of abdominal domain

• Umbilical and inguinal hernia repairs, including open, laparoscopic and robotic repairs as well as diagnosis and management of groin pain

Participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of the various meshes and their potential advantages and disadvantages. The benefits and limitations of the minimally invasive techniques will be examined. Modern modifications to the traditional laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs, including defect closure, mesh positioning devices, absorbable fixation, etc. will be discussed. In addition, top robotic surgeons will share the experience in utilization and application of robotics in modern hernia practice. This summit will stress detailed operative descriptions of each of the experts’ approaches to various reconstructive challenges to provide the surgeons’ valuable insights through video education and an interactive panel of expert herniologists. Important issues of mesh selection, surgical approaches and post-op groin pain will be discussed. Finally, top plastic surgeons will share their experience with dealing with soft tissue challenges in hernia surgery. This comprehensive summit is suited for general, plastic and trauma surgeons involved in both routine and complex abdominal reconstructions.



After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the various synthetic, biologic and absorbable meshes available
  • Identify benefits and limitations of laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs
  • Discuss modern modifications and adjuncts to traditional laparoscopic techniques
  • Define advanced reconstructive techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction, including open and endoscopic anterior and posterior component separations
  • Familiarize with the role and application of robotics in modern hernia practice
  • Obtain in-depth understanding for inguinal hernia repairs and management of postoperative groin pain
  • Define advanced techniques of skin/soft tissue mobilization/transfer, expansion and panniculectomies

This comprehensive hernia summit is suited for general, plastic and trauma surgeons and residents involved in both routine and complex abdominal reconstructions.

The policy of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program requires that the Activity Director, planning committee members and all activity faculty (that is, anyone in a position to control the content of the education activity) disclose to the activity participants all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Disclosure will be made to activity participants prior to the
commencement of the activity. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program also requires that faculty make clinical recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence and that faculty identify any discussion of “off-label” or investigational use of pharmaceutical products or medical devices.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credits earned for this activity are eligible for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 credit.

MD/DO $625 by November 30, 2016
$725 after November 30, 2016

Resident/Student $300 by November 30, 2016
$350 after November 30, 2016

Corporate $1,100

For complete registration and course details, please go to:

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Submit Abstracts at www.awrsummit.com.
Submission Deadline: January 6, 2017
Contact Rita.Rys@case.edu for additional information