April 16th Morning


Updates in Abdominal Wall Management –
Mesh Theory, Tissue Use, Complex Locations

7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Session Chair: William Hope, MD
Session Co-chair: Chan Park, MD

Session Description

This session/post graduate course will cover current and evolving mesh technology and new surgical techniques relating to abdominal wall hernias and is intended for all general and laparoscopic surgeons performing hernia repair.  The course wil also review preoperative and postoperative strategies for a successful hernia repair as well as techniques for repair of complex hernias and hernias in difficult locations. 

Session Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between different mesh technology, understand the rationale behind the use of particular meshes for
    different clinical situations, and select appropriate meshes based on hernia and patient characteristics

  • Implement a preoperative strategy to handle complex hernias/patients and minimize risk factors for adverse
    outcomes and improve patient safety

  • Understand and employ the techniques available for repair of abdominal wall hernias and recognize the risk and
    benefits of the differing techniques and their outcomes

Session Outline

Time Presentation Title Faculty Name

Postgraduate Course: Updates in Abdominal Wall Management: Mesh Theory, Tissue Use, Complex Locations


Overview of current mesh technology: What every surgeon should know

Archana Ramaswamy, MD


What’s new in mesh technology: Absorbable mesh, selfgripping mesh, hybrid mesh

Yuri Novitsky, MD
8am Controversies in mesh: When to use and what mesh 

Will Cobb, MD

8:15am Q&A Panel Discussion  
8:25am Break



Strategies to improve outcomes and minimize complications in hernia repair

Matthew Kroh, MD
8:47am Overview of techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction

William Hope, MD

9:00am Component separation: When to use and what technique?  Todd Heniford, MD

Complex hernias in atypical locations: Subxihpoid, Suprapubic, Flank, and Parastomal hernias

Stephen McNatt, MD

An update on laparoscopic ventral hernia repair: Indications, positioning devices, defect closure, and management of complications

David Overby, MD

Management of complications related to hernias: Complex wounds, open abdomens, enterocutaneous fistulas

Michael Rosen, MD


Sports hernia – Is it real? Should we treat it? 

George Eid, MD


Future technologies in hernia repair: Botulinum toxin, Robot, Single incision surgery

Alfredo Carbonell, MD




Humanitarian Lecture – “Global Surgery: Levering Laparoscopy to Improve Overall Surgical Care” 

10:30AM - 11:15AM

Speaker: Horacio Asbun, MD
Dr. Asbun is a Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the Chairman of General Surgery at Mayo Clinic Florida. He also serves as Co-Director of Hepato-Biliary and Pancreas Program, at Mayo Clinic Florida.


Multiple individuals, organizations and institutions spent significant efforts in global surgery. This lecture is geared to share how coordinated efforts and commitment from multiple SAGES members through the SAGES Global Affairs Committee has resulted in successful and sustainable surgical programs, positively affecting delivery of surgical care in low-resource countries.


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Build relationships to develop sustainable programs
  • Improve efficiency in his/her efforts and resource expenditures in global surgery
  • Recognize that globalization in surgery has allowed for empowerment of the individual, which is key to positive change in the field
  • Recognize that quality and outcomes measures are key to a successful program

Karl Storz Lecture 

“No Shortcuts to the Top-Climbing the World’s Highest Peaks”

11:15AM - 12:00PM

Speaker: Ed Viesturs
Ed Viesturs is a professional mountaineer, writer, speaker, and veterinarian who is widely regarded as this country’s foremost highaltitude mountaineer. He is familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX documentary EVEREST. Viesturs has successfully reached the summits of all of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, an 18 year project, and is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to accomplish this feat. His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna, one of the world’s most treacherous peaks. For this accomplishment, in 2005 he was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year. Ed also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), an organization that instils critical life skills in under-resourced youth through wilderness mentoring experiences that help keep kids in school, reduce violence and drug use.
SAGES acknowledges Karl Storz Endoscopy-America for a generous endowment in support of this lecture