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Focus on Technique: Laparoscopic Pediatric Hernia Repair 2014

Aired on 12.03.2014
Focus on Technique: Laparoscopic Pediatric Hernia Repair 2014 CME
This series, "Focus on Technique" will be brief courses throughout the year that are focused on teaching the fine points of a particular technique rather than the usual full-day Globalcasts which are centered on the nuances of treatment of disease process.

"Focus on Technique: Laparoscopic Pediatric Hernia Repair"
Recently, the non-mesh laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair in children and adolescents has gained immense popularity. This event, "Focus on Technique: Laparoscopic Pediatric Hernia Repair" is designed to provide practicing surgeons what they need to know in order to perform this procedure on their own and will focus on the fine points of the technique.

​We will present many of the different options available for the non-mesh lap hernia repair and then focus on the specific steps of the lap-assisted, percutaneous technique as described by Darius Patkowski. This course will be an on-site course at Akron Children's Hospital but the didactic portion of the course will be simulcasted for the virtual audience. The different techniques and instrumentation are demonstrated through in-depth, evidence-based discussions, review of edited surgical videos, and discussion of surgical tips and tricks.  On-site participants will watch live surgical cases and have the opportunity for direct one on one discussion with the faculty.

Course Fees:
Onsite: $199
Virtual Symposium only: $99 (enter discount code: hernia)
In-depth Evidence Based Lectures and Discussions, Watch edited videos of different techniques with tips and tricks. Live chat or call in questions. 
Please note: Virtual attendees will not see live surgical broadcasts.



 This activity is designed for practicing pediatric surgeons, pediatric surgical trainees and adult general surgeons who have an interest in the latest developments and trends in laparoscopy repair of hernias in children.

Directors & Faculty


Todd Ponsky, MD

Todd Ponsky is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995-1999,Residency in General Surgery at The George Washington University in Washington, DC from 1999-2005, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC from 2005-2007,and an Advanced Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, CO from 2007-2008. Dr. Ponsky was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernized the methods of the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair. He has published over 125 manuscripts, edited 3 textbooks, and authored over 30 book chapters. He has directed over 50 national/international courses and has given over 200 visiting lectureships. He is the Associate Editor for The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on three editorial boards. He is the immediate past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and holds, or has held, leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). He has won numerous faculty teaching awards. He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, endoscopic repair techniques for pure esophageal atresia, and innovations in education. He founded GlobalcastMD and Stay Current in Surgery, both of which serve to democratize and internationalize medical knowledge and modernize the way we teach and learn surgery.

Additional Faculty


7:00 am - 7:15 am
7:15 am - 7:30 am
Overview of the inguinal anatomy and theories on repair
7:30 am - 7:45 am
Pros and cons of the lap high ligation
7:45 am - 8:00 am
A review of the different technique options available for the lap high ligation
8:00 am - 8:30 am
Focus on the percutaneous repair technique
8:30 am - 8:45 am
How to set up the case
8:45 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Live Cases (On site participants only)

Topics Covered

Non Mesh Laparoscopic Pediatric Hernia Repair



  1. Explain the different options available for the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair
  2. Identify the specific steps of the lap-assisted, percutaneous technique as described by Darius Patkowski. 
  3. Describe the equipment necessary for this technique
  4. Review the current literature and evidence relating to the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair
  5. Contrast benefits and risks of the procedure and how to advise the parents of the pros and cons of the technique 

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