Surgeons Treating Chronic Wounds: Let’s Go Beyond Debridement

Session Description

It is estimated that 60 percent of wounds managed in the home are surgical. Many of these become non-healing wounds resulting in 5 to 7 million health care visits annually. Despite the complexity, the average physician in training receives less than 10 hours of formal education related to wound care. This program will focus on the prevention and care of perioperative pressure injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers and lymphedema, skin tears, burns, and large abdominal wall reconstructions. Topics will include the appropriate use of negative pressure wound therapy, hyperbaric oxygen, maggots, and antimicrobials; text messaging for surveillance of wound progress/problems; importance of debridement (sharp, mechanical, enzymatic or biologic methods); and use of the American College of Surgeons Home Wound Management skills program in the transition to home for patients/caregivers.

Moderator: Gayle M. Gordillo, MD, FACS, Indianapolis, IN

Co-Moderator: John M. Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSG(Hon), Philadelphia, PA


Opening Remarks
Gayle M. Gordillo, MD, FACS, Indianapolis, IN

John M. Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSG(Hon), Philadelphia, PA

From Maggots to Steel, Debridement Is the Foundation to Heal
Lisa J. Gould, MD, PhD, FACS, Warwick, RI

Management of the Broken Abdominal Wall: Flaps, Mesh, and Vacs: How Does One Choose?
Eric G. Weiss, MD, FACS, Weston, FL

Commonly Used Free Flaps for Coverage of Difficult Wounds
Sameer A. Patel, MD, FACS, Jenkintown, PA

Lurching toward Telepresence for the Wound/Burn/Soft-Tissue Specialist–Consultant: Patient to Specialist and Referring Provider to Specialist
James C. Jeng, MD, FACS, Upland, PA

Now the Wound Needs to Heal at Home; Can We Help?
John M. Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSG(Hon), Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Patient Education Committee

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Eric G. Weiss MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Gayle M. Gordillo MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
James C. Jeng, MD, FACS - Honorarium: Advisor; Smith & Nephew: Travel: ANZBA-invited International Traveling Professor and Lecturer
John M. Daly MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), FRCSG (Hon) - Nothing to Disclose
Lisa J. Gould, MD, PhD, FACS - Acelity/KCI: Clinical trial/research contract: PI; mVASC: Clinical trial/research contract: PI; Osiris: Clinical trial/research contract: PI; Sanifit: Consulting Fee: Consultant
Sameer A. Patel MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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