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Advanced Axillary Surgery
Become a Pit Master!

Wednesday, April 10
7:30 AM–11:00 AM
Course Moderators: David A. Edmonson, MD, FACS; Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, FACS
Pre-Recorded Lecture Faculty: Hiram Cody, III, MD; Jill R. Dietz, MD, MHCM, FACS; David A. Edmonson, MD, FACS; Sheldon M. Feldman, MD; Ameer Gomberawalla, MD, FACS, ABOIM; V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD, MSHCT, FACS; Hiroo Suami, MD, PhD
Workshop Faculty: Risal Djohan, MD; David A. Edmonson, MD, FACS; Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, FACS; Ameer Gomberawalla, MD, FACS, ABOIM; Dennis R. Holmes, MD, FACS; V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD, MSHCT, FACS; Paul Thiruchelvam, BSc, MD, FACS, PhD

Course Description:

This cadaver lab course is designed for breast surgeons and plastic surgeons who want to increase their understanding of the established and evolving therapeutic approaches to breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL). The emphasis will be on surgical methods for lymphatic identification and preservation and lymphatic-venous anastomosis to aid in preventing and reducing BCRL. The importance of a multidisciplinary team approach for successful prevention and management of BCRL will be highlighted.

Prior to the course, each attendee will receive access to the pre-recorded lectures. On the day of the course, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with lab faculty.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and preserve lymphatic channels in the axilla
  • Understand key technical components of lymphatic-venous anastomosis
  • Develop strategies to reduce BCRL risk and optimize management of BCRL
  • Mastering Difficult and Targeted Axillary Dissections

CME Credit Information:

The American Society of Breast Surgeons designates this other activity (enduring material activity and live activity) for a maximum 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pre-recorded Didactic Agenda:

The following pre-recorded didactics will be available to attendees prior to the course.

Lymphatic Anatomy Upper Extremity
Hiroo Suami, MD, PhD
Lymphedema Prevention: A Multimodal Approach
David A. Edmonson, MD, FACS
Axillary Reverse Mapping: Lymphatic Anatomical Drainage Pattern
V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD, MSHCT, FACS
Approach to the Difficult Axilla
Hiram Cody, III, MD
Nodal Identification Methods: Isotope, Seeds, Iron, Tattoo Ink
Jill R. Dietz, MD, MHCM, FACS
Ameer Gomberawalla, MD, FACS

Onsite Cadaver Lab Agenda:

6:30 AM Depart Hotel for Lab
7:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast
7:30 AM Prepare for Lab
8:00 AM Pre-recorded Didactic Q&A
8:35 AM
Cadaver Lab
Attendees will be assigned to a station, led by a faculty member, to perform the procedures below:
  • Sentinel Node Detection
  • ALND
  • ARM
  • TAD
9:35 AM Break
9:50 AM Cadaver Lab Continued
10:50 AM Q&A and Wrap-up
11:00 AM Adjorn / Depart Lab for Hotel