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March 13th, 2017

Q&A at a TAR-repair course

Vista® product-training courses are opportunities for surgeons to gather and discuss advanced techniques. Many courses for surgeons cover how to use Cook Medical products in component separation techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction.

In a recent lab, expert surgeons discussed when and why the transversus abdominis release (TAR) technique benefits patients. They facilitated a lab on TAR hernia repair. This lab, however, had a twist: it was on wheels.

We asked the expert surgeons a few questions.

TAR-repair training

Why is continued education so important? 

Dr. Sean Orenstein: Continued education allows physicians to explore skills and techniques that he or she may not be accustomed to, and/or reinforce and enhance skills already acquired.  It’s easy to be in practice and continue to perform procedures in your comfort zone without pushing the envelope or trying something new. Learning new ideas and techniques allows surgeons to treat a wider variety of patient conditions, or help to examine their own limitations, thus paving the way for proper referrals to specialists.

What should a surgeon expect at a Cook Medical Vista event?

Dr. JB Bittner: They should expect different things depending on the type of Vista. For basic, they should learn the basics of a disease process and the techniques used to care for that disease process. For advanced, they should learn the steps of those techniques.

Dr. Eric Johnson: Physicians should expect to have both a hands-on and a didactic experience led by experts when they attend a Vista. They will have easy access to experienced surgeons that can answer questions and provide expertise.

What do you think of the mobile lab?

Dr. Sean Orenstein: The mobile lab is a very convenient and innovative facility to further surgeon training. Most training courses have the burden of extended traveling to and from the lab. Having the lab on-site makes for a very cool and convenient experience.

Mobile Vista lab

The mobile lab

The mobile lab is a new addition to Vista product-training events. It uses space in a semi-truck with a pop-out room. Colleen Walkey, a training and education manager at Cook Medical, says it has already made a difference. “It adds another element to the learning experience when at a Vista. It allows more time for discussion and focus for the hands-on experience.”


Dr. Orenstein, Dr. Bittner, and Dr. Johnson are paid consultants of Cook Medical. 

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