AWRE Online Workshop for Trainees

1st & 2nd October 2021

After the success of AWRE Online in February, we will be running a second online event in October 2021.

This online workshop will be relevant for trainees, junior surgeons, and for experienced surgeons who would like a refresh.

The online workshop will focus on the fundamentals of AWR surgery, from anatomy and pre-operative assessment through principles of abdominal wall closure and plastic surgery approaches, finishing with advice on how to manage the complex abdominal wound and practical, real life case examples. 

All sessions will be accessible on-demand for up to 6 months, so that trainees and junior surgeons from all over the world will be able to refer back to the valuable content in their own time.

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10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

Welcome and introduction

Al Windsor & David Ross

10:05 AM - 10:25 AM

Why is this specialty important and how has AWR evolved?

Al Windsor & David Ross

10:25 AM - 10:45 AM

Abdominal wall anatomy

Dimitrios Damaskos

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM


11:05 AM - 11:25 AM

Sponsored symposium

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

How to assess the abdominal wall

David Sanders

11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Radiology for the non-radiologist

Al Windsor

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Industry symposium, kindly supported by GORE

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Introductory principles of plastic surgery and wound management

Pari Mohanna (tbc)

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

Principles of abdominal wall closure

Dominic Slade

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

Peri-operative optimisation

Marja Boermeester

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


2:35 PM - 2:55 PM

Industry symposium

2:55 PM - 3:15 PM

An overview of component separation

Jeffrey Janis

3:15 PM - 3:55 PM

When to use a mesh, which mesh and where?

Al Windsor, Andrew de Beaux, David Sanders, Stella Smith (tbc)

3:55 PM - 4:15 PM

Mesh fixation: glueing, stitching, transfascial suture

Stella Smith (tbc)

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM


4:45 PM - 5:05 PM

Industry symposium

5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Why things go wrong? How to avoid complications

Andrew de Beaux

5:30 PM - 5:50 PM

How to manage the complex abdominal wound

Marja Boermeester

5:50 PM - 6:00 PM


6:10 PM - 4:34 PM

Close of day one

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Interactive case studies: what can be learned from these examples?

Chairs: Al Windsor & David Ross

David Sanders, Dimitrios Damaskos, Stella Smith

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Sponsored symposium

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Cases submitted by the audience

With discussion by: Al Windsor, David Ross, Dominic Slade, Jeff Janis

12:30 PM - 12:35 PM

Why attend AWRE in Feb 2022?

12:35 PM - 12:45 PM

Final comments and close