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On-Demand: Strategies to Address Giant Abdominal Wall Hernias and Open Abdomens

Incisional hernias with loss of domain and open abdomens are extremely challenging problems with potentially life altering sequalae for patients. This webinar will discuss the pathophysiology of abdominal loss of domain in both the chronic and acute setting.  Dr. Ronaghan will delineate options and describe techniques for definitive repair of incisional hernias with loss of domain, as well as primary myofascial closure of the open abdomen in the acute care setting.


Catherine A. Ronaghan, MD, FACS 
Associate Professor of Surgery
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, TX

Upon completion of this activity, the health care professional will have the ability to:
  • Describe Preoperative Progressive Pneumoperitoneum (PPP) to prepare for operations on Incisional Hernias with Loss of Domain (IHLD).
  • Describe an alternative option for definitive fascial closure and accelerated wound healing of catastrophic open abdominal wounds utilizing a novel technique combining a dynamic mechanical closure system with a biologic xenograft.

Accreditation Statement:
This web-based educational activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Institute for Medical Quality and the California Medical Association’s CME Accreditation Standards (IMQ/CME).
Credit Designation Statement
The Center of Excellence in Education is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Center of Excellence in Education designates this web-based activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This web-based activity is recognized for ONE (1) hour of continuing education credit; California Board of Registered Nursing Credit Provider #CEP12084; California Pre-Hospital (EMT-P) CE Provider #65-0537. These CE credits are recognized for registered nurses and other licensed healthcare providers.

Supported by an education grant from ACell, Inc. 
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