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 in the U.S., expert surgeons discussed when and why the transversus abdominis release (TAR) technique benefits patients. They facilitated a lab on TAR hernia repair.
We asked the expert surgeons a few questions.
Why is continued education so important?
Mr 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?
Mr 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 techniques used to care for that disease process. For advanced, they should learn the steps of those techniques.
Mr Eric Johnson: Physicians should expect to have both a hands-on and 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.
- Mr Sean Orenstein is an assistant professor of surgery at Oregon Health and Science University.
- Mr JB Bittner is an assistant professor of surgery at the VCU School of Medicine.
- Mr Eric Johnson is a surgeon at MultiCare Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Tacoma General Hospital.
Mr Orenstein, Mr Bittner, and Mr Johnson are paid consultants of Cook Medical.
Take a look at upcoming Vista courses.