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About the Course

Approximately 1,000,000 hernia repair operations are performed annually in the United States. A variety of techniques and materials are available that allow surgeons to offer low morbidity durable repairs of even the most difficult hernias in the most difficult of patients. Minimally invasive techniques are ideal for many hernia repairs. These techniques are difficult to adopt into clinical practice without directed exposure in an environment that facilitates the acquisition of the necessary cognitive and technical skills.

This one-day course is designed to instruct practicing general surgeons in the newest techniques and instrumentation in repair of difficult incisional hernias. Hernia surgery techniques and principles are demonstrated through didactic sessions, video presentation, case review and practical experience in the lab.


Completion of this course will enable participants to:

  1. Expand their knowledge and refine techniques associated with complex abdominal wall hernia repair, including component separation
  2. Be knowledgeable about biomaterial choices and the similarities and differences between biosynthetics and biologics
  3. Understand patient risk factors that may influence choice of repair or biomaterial
  4. Discuss complex hernia including parastomal and hiatal/paraesophageal hernia repair, and management of complications

For more information, or to register, please contact:
Professional Education
Telephone: (877) 467-3338