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Soft Tissue Surgical Techniques and Tips

September 19-20, 2014

This 2 day hands-on surgical course will emphasize solving some of the common surgical challenges that confront the general practitioner. On Day 1 Gastrointestinal Surgery technique and tips will  be covered in lecture and performed in lab. Does everted intestinal mucosa cause you problems during intestinal surgery? Learn the Gambee suture pattern that will minimize mucosal eversion while performing intestinal biopsy, enterotomy, and anastomosis. Linear foreign bodies may require multiple enterotomies, in this lab you will learn the catheter technique for foreign body removal that may decrease the need for multiple enterotomies. Efficient and easy gastropexy will also be emphasized and performed in the laboratory.

Day 2 will offer solutions to the surgical management of problem wounds. Tension is an “enemy” in surgical wounds. Learn tried and proven and new tension relieving techniques such as pretensioning sutures, progressive intradermal closure, stents and buttress sutures, walking sutures, tie over bandages, and use of active suction drains. Examples of simple skin reconstruction such as advancement and rotational skin flaps and an introduction to skin grafting will be presented Axial pattern flaps will be described.

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Lodging at Hampton Inn, McCarran International Airport

Check In: 09/18/2014
Check Out: 09/21/2014


  • Hampton Inn provides complimentary ground transportation to/from airport (call hotel at 702.647.8000 to arrange service).
  • Hampton Inn provides complimentary breakfast daily starting at 6:00a.
  • Complimentary ground transportation to/from hotel and Oquendo Center.
If you choose this lodging option, reservations will be made 3-4 weeks before the course and you will receive an email confirmation.
Should you wish to extend your stay beyond the dates included in the package at your own expense, please contact Jennifer Finkel (j.finkel@wvc.org).