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Salzburg Hernia Days

Zum zweiten Mal finden am 21. – 22. März die Österreichischen Hernientage in Salzburg statt. Anknüpfend an die bewährten und erfolgreichen Salzburger Hernientage möchte dieses Format nun die Österreichische Gesellschaft für Hernien-Chirurgie weiterentwickeln und als DEN Kongress für Hernien-Chirurgie in Österreich etablieren.

Es erwartet Sie ein spannendes Programm mit den beiden Hauptthemen:
— ezidivhernienchirurgie – eine Domäne für Experten!
— Prävention – das Schlagwort der Zukunft!

Endorsed by EHS

The Swiss Hernia Days are endorsed by the European Hernia Society, a non-profit making international scientific forum that focuses on ABDOMINAL WALL SURGERY.

There are many sponsorship opportunities by which companies can support the 6TH SWISS HERNIA DAYS. The sponsors may compile their individual sponsorship packages in order to reach the requested sponsorship level. However, sponsorship is not restricted to major packages; companies may also take up sponsorship of one of the individual sponsorship items. Get in touch with us to receive more information.

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Platinum Sponsor 2023




Silver Sponsor 2023

Contributors 2023


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8:30 – 08:45



Welcome and Introduction

Philipp Kirchhoff and Henry Hoffmann


Anatomy of the groin

Ulrich Dietz (CH)


The perfect Lichtenstein technique

David Chen (USA)
Balasubramanian Ramana  (IND)


Shouldice, TIPP and more

Andreas Koch (GER)

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break


MILOS and more in ventral hernias

Bernhard Dauser (AUT)


Component separation techniques

Dietmar Eucker (CH)

11:30 – 12:30

Lunch Break

12:30 — 17:00

Practical exercises on cadavers with table instruction by the experts

  • Lichtenstein
  • Shouldice
  • TAPP
  • Open Sublay
  • Open TAR / Fasciotens




Thursday, 19th October 2023

8:00 — 08:30


8:45 – 9:45

Session 1 — UpDate Inguinal Hernia

Jan Kukleta
Eric Pauli

Critical view of myopectineal orifice
Ulrich Dietz (CH)

How to deal with cord lipomas
Rebecca Kraus (CH)

Inguinal pathologies in female patients
Mette Willaume (DEN)

9:45 – 10:45

Session 2 — Chronic pain in hernia surgery

David Chen
Sonia Ribas

Groin pain as the chief complaint
Andreas Koch (GER)

Chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP)
Debora Nowakowski (CH)

Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES)
Michael Scott (UK)


10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15

Session 3 — “When the shit hits the fan”

Marc-Olivier Sauvain
Conrad Ballecer

When the mesh needs to get out
Bernhard Dauser (AUT)

Management of bowel lesions and incarcerations
Neil Smart (UK)

The impossible hernia repair
Balasubramanian Ramana (IND)

12:15 – 12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 – 13:30

Lunch Symposium (BD Bard)

Henry Hoffmann

Clinical Evidence and broader Indications for Phasix-Mesh
Bernhard Dauser (AUT)

Phasix-Mesh in Diastasis Recti repair: right patient, right outcome!
Michael Scott (UK)

13:30 – 14:00

Best Video Award

Jury: Bernhard Dauser, Eric Pauli

Top three videos presented by the creator

14:00 – 15:00

Session 4 — Grand Round “Outpatient Hernia Surgery”

Henry Hoffmann
Philipp Kirchhoff

Input talk: Status of outpatient surgery in Switzerland
Felix Grieder (CH)

On the stage: Andreas Koch, David Chen, Felix Grieder, Walter Brunner, Dirk Weyhe


15:00 – 15:30


Coffee Break

SAHC Annual Meeting (Members only)


15:30– 16:30

Session 5 — Swiss Young Surgeons Association

Stephanie Taha-Mehlitz
Hellen Birsner

My resident and I
Conrad Ballecer (USA)

My consultant and I
Maaike Vierstraete (BEL)

Digital platforms in Hernia education
Knut Borch  (NOR)

Podium Discussion
Rebecca Kraus, Conrad Ballecer, Maaike Vierstraete, Knut Borch, Jonathan Douissard, Ulrich Dietz

16:30 – 17:30

Session 6 — UpDate on Diastasis recti

Jan Kukleta
Dirk Weyhe

Patient view (CH)

Hernia surgeons view
Victor Radu (ROM)

Plastic surgeons view
Rik Osinga (CH)


Networking Event

Friday, 20th October 2023

8:00 — 08.30


8:30 – 10:00

Deferred Live Surgery – Part 1

Philipp Kirchhoff, Walter Brunner,
Andreas Koch, Jan Kukleta, Mette Willaume

Diastasis recti with Phasix Mesh – Michael Scott (UK)
Flank hernia – Conrad Ballecer (USA)
Neurectomy – David Chen (USA)



12:00 – 12:30

Lunch Break

12:30 – 13:15

Lunch Symposium (Laubscher)

Philipp Kirchhoff


Parastomal hernia – Update on repair and prevention
Neil Smart (UK)


13:15 – 14:15

Session 7 — Robotics, VR and more

Ulrich Dietz
Bernhard Dauser

Does the robot make me a better surgeon
David Chen (USA)

Critical view on robotics; economy, OR time and learning curve
Jonathan Douissard (CH)

The operation room of the future
Dirk Weyhe (GER)
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