The 9th Annual Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Summit

Meeting Location

Big Sky Resort
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, Montana 59716

Program Director

Yuri Novitsky, MD


The reconstruction of abdominal wall defects remains one of the most challenging dilemmas facing surgeons. Congenital, acquired or post traumatic defects all present unique challenges to the reconstructive surgeon. A multitude of surgical techniques and mesh materials is available to improve outcomes in ventral hernia repair. Robotics has become a major component for both routine and complex inguinal and ventral hernia repairs. 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.

This comprehensive and highly interactive reconstructive Summit is suited for all surgeons involved in abdominal wall reconstruction including general, plastic, and trauma surgeons. During the Summit, you will be exposed to all aspects of AWR including:

  • Minimally invasive hernia repairs
  • Robotic Hernia Repairs
  • Complex open abdominal wall reconstruction techniques 1. Open (traditional) component separation 2. Laparoscopic and periumbilical sparring component separation 3. Posterior component separation and transversus abdominis release (TAR)
  • Parastomal and other difficult hernia repairs
  • Reconstructions in setting infection, contamination, enterocutaneous fistulas, loss of abdominal domain
  • Umbilical and inguinal hernia repairs
  • Comprehensive review of groin repairs and groin pain management

Participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of the various mesh materials, including their potential advantages and disadvantages in various scenarios. Modern modifications to the traditional laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs, including defect closure, mesh positioning devices, absorbable fixation, etc will be discussed. In addition, the emerging role of Robotics will be one of the main focuses of this conference. Finally, comprehensive review of options for inguinal hernia repair and nuances of work-up and treatment of groin pain will be presented by the World authorities on the topic. This summit will stress detailed operative descriptions of each of the experts’ approaches to these reconstructive challenges to provide the surgeon valuable insight through video education and an interactive panel of reconstructive surgeons. Importantly, particular emphasis will be given to utilization advanced plastic techniques in cases of skin/soft tissue compromise and/or loss.

Learning Objectives

  • Make educated choices for routine and complex scenarios
  • Identify benefits and limitations of laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs
  • Understand the evolving role and application of robotics in modern hernia practice
  • Define advanced reconstructive techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction, including open and endoscopic anterior and posterior component separations
  • Obtain in-depth understanding for various surgical options for inguinal hernia repairs
  • Become familiar with management of postoperative groin pain and sports hernia
  • Define advanced techniques of skin/soft tissue mobilization/transfer expansion and panniculectomies

Target Audience

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

Credit Designation Statement

Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through Amedco. Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Self-Assessment Credit

This course is valid for up to 20.0 Self-Assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

Room Reservations

For Room Reservations, please call the hotel (800-548-4486) and mention The Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Summit room block. Paid registration is required. The room block rates are limited and will expire by January 2, 2018, or until the block is full. Early reservations are encouraged.

Columbia University Medical Center
Department of Surgery, CME Office

400 Kelby Street, Floor 9, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone: 212.304.7813
Fax: 212.304.7811

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