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The University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery hosted its fifth Advanced Hernia Repair Course Thursday, April 9, in conjunction with its sixth annual Current Topics in General Surgery CME event. The Advanced Hernia Repair Course is designed to instruct practicing general surgeons in the latest techniques and instrumentation in repair of difficult incisional hernias, through both lectures and lab workshops.

Advanced Hernia Repair Course director Jacob Greenberg, MD, EdM, designed the program as a way to expose learners to a skill set that can be difficult to acquire outside of a clinical environment. “We want to offer surgeons a safe, educational atmosphere where they can develop skills and ask questions before taking a new technique back to their own operating rooms,” Greenberg says.

Each year, U.S. surgeons perform 1 million hernia repair operations. Minimally invasive surgery approaches — those that utilize instruments and techniques that allow for smaller incisions than are typical with open surgery — are gaining usage in hernia repair throughout the nation. Here at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, our surgeons are currently performing more than 40 percent of hernia surgeries laparoscopically, a percentage that has more than doubled since 2011. Greenberg is a national expert in hernia repair and MIS techniques.

Since the program was first offered in 2011, more than 50 surgeons from the U.S. and Canada have gained training through the UW’s Advanced Hernia Repair Couse. The course will be offered again September 11, 2015, in Madison. Visiting faculty will join Greenberg and other UW Department of Surgery faculty members to teach the training course. Learn more about Department of Surgery educational offerings at, or email to join our email list and receive updates on our continuing education efforts. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System