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Join Dr. Yuri Novitsky and esteemed faculty for the 2018 AWR Summit Conference. This year the conference will take place at Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana.

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.

Big Sky Resort Big Sky, Montana is located in south central Montana, approximately 50 miles south of Bozeman, MT and 50 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT. More than 25 flights a day arrive in nearby Bozeman, Montana, on major airlines. Big Sky Central Reservations (800-548-4486) can find you the best airfares and schedules available on the various airlines that serve the area. This will be an excellent few days of education, networking, fun and relaxation in the family-friendly environment.