Past Events

Stay Current: Laparoscopic Pediatric Hernia Repair Live Online Course

Aired on 12.14.2016
Stay Current: Laparoscopic Pediatric Hernia Repair Live Online Course
This was a half-day course that is 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.

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

​We presentedmany of the different options available for the non-mesh lap inguinal hernia repair and then focus on the specific steps of the lap-assisted, percutaneous technique. Live cases only available to ON-SITE participants in Akron, OH, 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.


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


8:00 am - 8:25 am
Inguinal Hernia Controversies
8:25 am - 8:45 am
Laparoscopic vs. Open Inguinal Hernia Repair
8:45 am - 9:30 am
A Review of the Different Technique Options Available for the Lap High Ligation
9:30 am - 9:50 am
Management of the Adolescent Hernia
9:50 am - 10:10 am
Focus on the Percutaneous Repair Technique
10:10 am - 1:00 pm
Live Cases
(On-site participants only)

Topics Covered

Non Mesh Laparoscopic Pediatric Inguinal Hernia Repair


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