Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Hernias Symposium

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Add to Calendar

Distinguished speakers from across the country will take part in this Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Hernias Symposium. Lectures will focus on complex open and minimally invasive abdominal wall reconstruction techniques, reconstructions in the setting of infection, inguinal hernia repairs, and setting up a hernia center. The course will also feature panel sessions to provide clinicians the opportunity to discuss specific treatment challenges and to learn methods that will be useful in their practices.

The symposium will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus located at 7200 Cambridge St. in Houston. This conference is presented by Baylor College of Medicine and will offer 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and nurses and will be supported, in part, by participants’ registration fees and educational grants from selected pharmaceutical and device companies. Our target audience includes: general surgeons, minimally invasive surgeons, plastic surgeons, robotic surgeons, nurses, residents, fellows, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are interested in optimizing their hernia repair outcomes.  During this course, there will be ample opportunities for interaction between vendors and healthcare providers outside of the CME educational environment.

CME Information

The reconstruction of abdominal wall defects remains one of the most challenging dilemmas facing surgeons. Congenital, acquired or post traumatic defects all present unique challenges to the reconstructive surgeon. A multitude of surgical techniques and mesh materials are available to improve outcomes in ventral hernia repair. Robotics has become n important tool for both routine and complex inguinal and ventral hernia repairs. Even though ventral hernia repair remains one of the most common procedures performed, there is little consensus as to the best surgical technique, prosthetic material of choice, or strategies to repair complex defects.

This course is designed to engage physicians who are passionate about repairing hernias in an attempt to align robotic, open, and laparoscopic experts for optimal patient outcomes after hernia repair.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for general surgeons, minimally invasive surgeons, plastic surgeons, nurses, residents, fellow and advanced practice providers who are interested in optimizing their hernia repair outcomes.


At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify ways to optimize patient outcomes after hernia repairs
  • Highlight new techniques, updates in hernia repair, and implications of hernia surgery
  • Describe the emerging robotic-assisted hernia techniques as well as the current laparoscopic and open approaches for each hernia disease
  • Discuss patient selection, postoperative care, complication management, and outcome tracking

Educational Methods

Lecture, Panel Discussion, Audience Response System, Demonstration, and Question & Answer


An evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information and registration, visit: https://www.bcm.edu/departments/surgery/news-events/surgery-cme-events/houston-hernia-symposium


Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center McNair Campus

7200 Cambridge St.
Houston, TX 77030


Ronnetta Eaton

(713) 798-5755