Dr. Dumanian has led an effort to develop a new type of surgical suture for abdominal wall closures. Called “mesh suture”, the innovative suture design allows the tissues to grow into the suture itself for an improved tissue hold. Dr. Dumanian’s team will present their findings on experimental rat hernia closures comparing a “mesh suture” with a standard polypropylene suture at the American Hernia Society and the Plastic Surgery Research Council meetings, both in March 2013.
Dr. Dumanian has several presentations at the upcoming microsurgery meeting in Jan 2014. He will present two abstracts focused on the perceptions and goals of upper extremity amputees along with Dr. Sally Jensen, PhD. He will also participate on a panel of what is new in abdominal wall (hernia) reconstruction.
We presented a poster on our experience in 24 patients who had recurrent ventral hernias, but who had had a prior bioprosthetic mesh repair. Most of the patients were repaired successfully with prosthetic mesh.
I just spent the weekend at the Association des Specialistes en Chirurgie Plastique et Esthetique du Quebec, in Montreal Canada. It was a wonderful weekend at the Esterel resort, guest of Professor Lessard and the other members of the association. I spoke about abdominal wall reconstruction, and the use of nerve transfers for management of painful neuromas. I even got to travel 30 km by snowmobile!
The Abdominal Wall Meeting in Washington DC will bring together up to 1000 surgeons who perform abdominal wall reconstruction. I will give two lectures. The first is on the role of synthetic meshes in hernia repair. The other is on soft tissue flaps as an aid to complex abdominal wall reconstruction. I will also participate in a 2 hour panel entitled “stump the experts”. It should be fun!