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Cadaveric Training Course: Advanced Repair Techniques for Complex Ventral Hernia Repair

30-31 January 2023 | Coventry, UK

Please note - this free course is only available to AWR Europe attendees - you must register for the conference before you can apply for the cadaveric course

Complex ventral hernia repairs and techniques to reconstruct the abdominal wall have advanced rapidly in recent years. A variety of surgical options exist and understanding which operation offers the most functional and aesthetic outcome whilst aiming to reduce serious post-operative complications and potential re-operation is imperative.

Objectives of the course

Our training course will review the anatomy of the abdominal wall, preoperative considerations and patient optimisation, and reconstructive modalities for abdominal wall defects with special attention to component separation techniques. You will also gain an appreciation for true tissue remodeling, the surgical alternatives to component separation, and learn different considerations for device selection and placement. Salvage options and an MDT discussion with real-world cases will also be presented.

The intention is to provide an atmosphere to foster collaboration, sharing of ideas and experiences related to AWR.

The course will provide an interactive educational experience and is best suited to surgeons involved in abdominal wall reconstruction, although senior trainees (ST7 & ST8) with a specialist interest will be considered.

Preliminary Agenda

Monday, January 30, 2023 (18.00-20.00, followed by dinner)

  • Science of tissue regeneration
  • Preparation for ventral hernia repair: Optimising the patient
  • Preparation for ventral hernia repair: Tailoring & planning the repair

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 (08.30-16.00)

  • Performing ventral hernia repair: Anatomy of the abdominal wall
  • Performing ventral hernia repair: Detailed components separation techniques
  • Performing ventral hernia repair: When things go wrong (bailout strategies)
  • Performing ventral hernia repair: MDT
  • Practical session: Components separation techniques