Advanced Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Symposium

Originally Broadcast: December 4, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

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Our commitment to excellence continues with the Gore MEDICAL MASTERY Series. This surgical symposium provides general surgeons and plastic surgeons the opportunity to learn or further refine their knowledge of hernia and soft tissue repair techniques.This education event will provide expert guidance using didactic instruction, video presentation and panel debates.

Target audience

Surgeons who are interested in advanced surgical techniques, abdominal wall reconstruction and management of complex hernias.

Learning outcomes

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Expand their knowledge and refine techniques associated with complex hernia repair.
  • Become knowledgeable about biomaterial choices, and the similarities and differences between biosynthetics and biologics.
  • Understand patient risk factors that may influence choice of repair or biomaterial.
  • Develop a better understanding of robotic surgery, and its utilization within advanced hernia repair.

Course Director:
Cheguevara Afaneh, M.D., FACS
New York, New York

Course Faculty:
Matthew Goldblatt, M.D., FACS
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

B. Todd Heniford, M.D., FACS
Charlotte, North Carolina

William Cobb, M.D., FACS
Greenville, South Carolina

John P. Fischer, M.D., MPH
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


7:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Welcome and introductions
8:05 a.m.
Complex hernia repair and AWR — Patient quality of life
John P. Fischer, M.D.
8:30 a.m
Evolution of component separation
Matthew Goldblatt, M.D.
8:55 a.m.
Management of patient care (from ERAS to PT) to support quality outcomes
B. Todd Heniford, M.D.
9:20 a.m.
The co-morbid patient — risk factors supporting surgical approach What does the data tell us?
William Cobb, M.D.
9:40 a.m.
Trends to watch: Predictive analytics, CT scans, AI
B. Todd Heniford, M.D.
10:00 a.m
10:15 a.m.
MIS approaches in hernia repair: reivew of best practices Where does the Lap IPOM fit in?
Matthew Goldblatt, M.D.
William Cobb, M.D.
10:45 a.m.
Video session: Open AWR techniques and best practices
John P. Fischer, M.D.
11:05 a.m
Robotics in hernia repair: Management of hiatal hernias in support of quality outcomes
Cheguevara Afaneh, M.D.
11:45 p.m.
Lunch and ask the experts discussions
12:15 p.m.
Considerations for preventing wound complications in VHR
Matthew Goldblatt, M.D.
12:45 p.m.
Complex abdominal wall reconstruction — Clinical data review and case experience with Gore3D PGA:TMC web scaffold
Matthew Goldblatt, M.D.
1:15 p.m.
Materials Matter — Hybrid biomaterial science, experience with GORE® SYNECOR Biomaterial
Cheguevara Afaneh, M.D.
1:45 p.m.
Video session — Robotic TAR and eTEP
Cheguevara Afaneh, M.D.
2:05 p.m.
Coding — Best practices to take home today
William Cobb, M.D.
2:20 p.m.
Clinical experience, data and review of complex repairs with two innovative biomaterials
John P. Fischer, M.D.
2:40 p.m.
Panel discussion: Mesh versus biomaterial selection criteria and surgeon technique. Difficult cases (videos)
All facultyModerated by William Cobb, M.D.
3:00 p.m.
Wrap-up and Adjourn 
Cheguevara Afaneh, M.D.


August 18, 2021

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