Considerations for bleeding and leaks prevention in bariatric and thoracic procedures

Complications such as hemorrhages and leaks have been associated with stapling. Advances in techniques to mitigate these complications have shown to significantly improve outcomes. This webinar will have a closer look at the use of reinforcement during stapling. In particular, evidence recently published supporting the use of reinforcement in bariatric, thoracic and colorectal procedures will be discussed.  

Target Audience: Bariatric, Thoracic and Colorectal

Learning Objectives:

  • Review staple line complications
  • Discuss staple line reinforcement techniques
  • Present staple line buttressing data in different surgical specialties


Ashley Hodes

Ashley Hodes, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Hodes is general and endocrine surgeon, and a medical director for Surgical Innovations (SI).  Dr. Hodes has wide-reaching responsibilities to the Medical Affairs group within SI which leverage her surgical clinical practice experience—she is responsible for patient safety encompassing all of SI, and product platforms (such as stapling and advanced energy).  Dr. Hodes partners with internal and external key stakeholders as a medical affairs liaison, ensuring patients safety and supporting major markets and business opportunities with her medical and clinical expertise.  Prior to joining SI, Dr. Hodes was a medical director with the Gastrointestinal and Hepatology (GIH) business since 2017.

Dr. Hodes received her medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine, TAU; MBA from the University of South Florida.  She completed general surgery residency at New York Hospital Queens/Cornell, and endocrine surgery fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Hodes is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Before joining Medtronic, she was an assistant professor at the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center, with a thriving academic surgical practice in general and endocrine surgery.  Dr. Hodes was also the director of surgical education for the USF Morsani College of Medicine medical students.

Dr. Hodes resides in North Carolina with her family, and spends time outdoors, traveling, and enjoying the arts. 

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