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Clinician Portal: Practical Considerations for the Use of Surgical Scaffolds in Soft Tissue Reconstruction

Surgical scaffolds play an important role in redefining anatomic landmarks and reinforcing soft tissue integrity in patients undergoing reconstructive surgery. Choosing the appropriate scaffold depends on patient preference, patient risk factors, and scaffold properties (biologic behavior and risk/benefit profiles). This initiative features 3 interactive enduring activities; Module 1 gives a general overview of the use of surgical scaffolds and background information; Module 2 focuses on the use of scaffolding in patients undergoing breast reconstruction surgery; and Module 3 focuses on the use of scaffolding in patients undergoing trunk/abdominal surgery.

Each module offers:

  • 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™  for physicians, per module

 

 

Module 1: Soft Tissue Support: Surgical Scaffolds

This web lecture, presented by a leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon, will provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art in surgical scaffolds, and will serve as a foundation for additional activities that address breast and abdominal reconstruction that are available as part of this initiative.

 

Module 2: Virtual Case Catalog: Breast Reconstruction

This enduring case activity will provide participants with the latest information regarding state of the art in scaffolds within the context of clinical expertise. It will review the pros and cons of various scaffolds for patients undergoing both single- and two-stage breast reconstruction surgery, as well as indicate the most appropriate patients for each type of surgical scaffold.

 

Module 3: Virtual Case Catalog: Trunk Reconstruction

This enduring case activity will provide participants with the latest information regarding state of the art surgical scaffolds within the context of clinical expertise. It will review the pros and cons of biologic versus synthetic meshes for patients undergoing ventral hernia repair and the most appropriate patients for each type of surgical scaffold.