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Summit Director

Yuri Novitsky, MD

Professor of Surgery
Case Western Reserve Univ. School of Medicine
Co-Director, Case Comprehensive Hernia Center
Director Surgical Research
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, OH


Summit Highlights

Limited meeting size with direct faculty interaction

Biologic and Synthetic Mesh Symposium

Interesting Videos:

"How I do it."

"Tips and Tricks from the Masters"

Surgical Approaches for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction:

When and How should you do it.

Complex Cases


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Course Description

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 prosthetic materials are available to improve outcomes in ventral hernia repair. Both synthetic and biologic meshes have revolutionized approaches to the surgical management of abdominal wall reconstruction. The surgeon can choose from both laparoscopic approaches and open repairs or in certain circumstances a combination of the two. 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. In it you will be exposed to all aspects of AWR including:

  • Minimally invasive 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

Participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of the various synthetic meshes available as well as the biologic prosthesis 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. 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. This year, particular emphasis will be given to utilization advanced plastic techniques in cases of skin/soft tissue compromise and/or loss.