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AHS Twitter Journal Club

The AHS Education Committee will be leading a monthly series of Twitter-based journal clubs in 2022. Our Twitter-based journal clubs will allow for easy participation using the dedicated #AHSJC hashtag, allowing anyone to follow along and contribute to the conversation. The committee has already outlined the surgeon lead for each month.

The surgeon lead for each month will find an interesting hernia article for which the PDF is available to the public. Each article will be published on the AHS Twitter account the night before and the day of the journal club. Along with two of their residents and/or fellows, the surgeon lead will discuss the article and engage responses.

All of the following events will start at 8 PM ET.

2022 Journal Club Schedule

Tuesday, February 15

Patient-Reported Outcomes of Robotic vs Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair With Intraperitoneal Mesh: The PROVE-IT Randomized Clinical Trial

Salvatore Docimo, DO

Pete Peterson, MD

John Campbell, MD

Tuesday, March 8

Long-Term Outcomes in Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Repaired With Absorbable Biologic Polymer Scaffold (Poly-4-Hydroxybutyrate)

Ryan Juza, MD

Kristen Wong, MD

Victoria Rendell, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the complex abdominal wall reconstruction approaches and technical procedures.
  2. Evaluate the efficacy of surgical techniques and mesh materials.
  3. Discuss the clinical and financial outcomes utilizing a biological absorbable mesh.

Tuesday, April 19

Development and Implementation of Preoperative Optimization for High-Risk Patients With Abdominal Wall Hernia

Jacob Greenberg, MD

Fairouz Chibane, MD

Patricia Quinones, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate current trends in preoperative optimization among patients undergoing ventral hernia repair.
  2. Identify the development, implementation and initial results of intervention use of evidence-based preoperative optimization for high-risk patients with abdominal wall hernia.
  3. Discuss barriers to the adoption of evidence-based optimization of patients with abdominal wall hernia.

Tuesday, May 10

Effect of Direct Defect Closure During Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair ("TEP/TAPP Plus" Technique) On Postoperative Outcomes

Samer Sbayi, MD

John Campbell, MD

Givi Basishvili, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify opportunities to mitigate the risk of seroma formation in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs by primary repair of a direct defect.
  2. Identify opportunities to mitigate the risk of hernia recurrence formation in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs by primary repair of a direct defect.
  3. Identify when and how a primary closure of a direct inguinal hernia defect can be performed in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs.

Tuesday, May 31

Robotic Versus Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair: One-Year Results From a Prospective, Multicenter, Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial

Kent Van Sickle, MD

Jason Jensen, MD

Qi Yan, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. To understand the technical differences b/w lap and robotic ventral hernia repair.
  2. To familiarize learners with short- and long-term outcomes of lap and robotic VIH repair.
  3. To compare differences in outcomes b/w lap and robotic VIH repair.

Tuesday, June 7

Biologic vs Synthetic Mesh for Single-Stage Repair of Contaminated Ventral Hernias: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Jenny Shao, MD

John Fischer, MD

Stephen Kovach, MD

Karole Collier, MD

Claire Rosen, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Discuss the risks/benefits of using synthetic vs biologic mesh in contaminated settings.
  2. Describe differences/similarities in surgical site occurrences and patient-reported outcomes between the synthetic vs biologic mesh groups.
  3. Discuss costs associated with hernia repairs, complications and recurrence rates.

Tuesday, June 21

Robotic Inguinal vs Transabdominal Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair: The RIVAL Randomized Clinical Trial

Rana Higgins, MD

Wen Hui Tan, MD

Matthew Madion, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify differences in perioperative outcomes between robotic and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.
  2. Identify differences in cost and operative time comparing robotic to laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.
  3. Understand the role of robotic compared to laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair in the clinical setting.

Tuesday, August 9

How Long Do We Need to Follow-Up Our Hernia Patients to Find the Real Recurrence Rate?

Vikram Deka, MD

Jacqueline Lykstad, DO

Tiffany Nguyen, MD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. After reading this article, the reader will understand the marked differences between inguinal hernia and incisional hernia recurrence time interval.
  2. At the completion of this discussion and reading, participants will understand the utility of a national registry for all hernia patients.
  3. After discussion, participants should use the knowledge gained to tailor follow up as needed.

Tuesday, September 6

Andrea Pakula, MD

Tuesday, October 11

Rich Pierce, MD

Tuesday, November 8

Nisha Dhir