The SWISS HERNIA DAYS are known for a unique and innovative congress concept. Therefore, in 2024 we will provide the 4TH SWISS HERNIA DAYS ANATOMICAL WORKSHOP. The Anatomical Workshop will take place prior to the main congress at the 23th October 2024 at the Anatomical Institute of the University Basel and focusses on extraperitoneal minimally invasive techniques in ventral hernia repair.

Registration to the Anatomical Workshop is only possible together with a congress registration and limited to 28 participants.


The Programme

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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.

8:30 – 08:45


8:45 – 9:00

Welcome and Introduction

Philipp Kirchhoff and Henry Hoffmann

9:00 – 9:20

Anatomy of the groin

David Lourie (USA)


The perfect Lichtenstein technique

Rebecca Kraus (Switzerland)

9:40 – 10:00


Jan Kukleta (Switzerland)

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:10


Hector Valenzuela (Mexico)

11:10 – 11:30

Component separation techniques

René Fortelny (Austria)

11:30 – 12:30

Lunch Break

12:30 — 17:00

Practical exercises on cadavers with table instruction by the experts

  • Lichtenstein
  • TAPP
  • MILOS and eTEP
  • Open Sublay
  • Open TAR




Thursday, 24th October 2024

8:00 — 08:30


8:45 – 9:45

Session 1 — Swiss Young Surgeons Session

Johanna Willburger

Pitfalls in Lichtenstein and Shouldice
Rebecca Kraus (Switzerland)

Teaching in TAPP / TEP
David Lourie (USA)

Teaching open sublay and TAR
Eva Deerenberg (NL)

9:45 – 10:45

Session 2 — Hernia surgery of the future

Andrea Pakula
Guillaume Passot

Role of robots in future hernia surgery – Isan Ihnan (Switzerland)

Which techniques are here to stay, which will die – Maarten Simons (Netherlands)

Outpatient hernia surgery in private practice: present & future – Martin Wiese (Germany)



10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15

Session 3 — Important UpDates

Mette Willaume
Jan Kukleta

Best three hernia papers in 2024: my choice
Nadia Henriksen (Denmark)

Real World Data from registries
Ferdinand Köckerling (Germany)

Guidelines in a nutshell
Cesare Stabilini (Italy)


12:15 – 12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 – 13:30

Industry Sponsored Session

Henry Hoffmann


13:30 – 14:00

Best Video Award

Moderation & Jury: Jonathan Douissard, Björn Mück

Top three videos

14:00 – 15:00

Session 4 — Grand Round
Hernia prevention and prehabilitation

Henry Hoffmann
Philipp Kirchhoff

Rebecca Kraus, Marteen Simons, Bernhard Dauser (Podium)

Input Talk: Reality check on hernia prevention and perioperative optimizing strategies
Rene Fortelny (Austria)


15:00 – 15:30


Coffee Break

SAHC Annual Meeting (Members only)


15:30– 16:30

Session 5 — UpDate on MIS Ventral Hernia Repair

Perparim Limani
Jan Kukleta

I still love my lap IPOM
Walter Brunner (Switzerland)

eTEP – nothing else
Hector Valenzuela (Mexico)

MILOS: Experiment or established?
Ralf Wilke (Germany)

16:30 – 17:30

Session 6 — When the shit hits the fan

Marc Olivier Sauvaign
Eva Deerenberg

Case 1 — Martin Wiese (Germany)

Case 2 — Björn Mück (Germany)

Case 3 — Bernhard Dauser (Austria)


17:30 – 18:00

Keynote lecture: Bullshit resistance – a guide to critical thinking

Philipp Hübl (Germany)


Networking Event

Friday, 25th October 2024

8:00 — 08.30


8:30 – 10:00

Deferred Live Surgery – Ventral hernia repair

Rene Fortelny
Eva Deerenberg

Robotic TAR
Jonathan Douissard (Switzerland)

Subcostal and infraxyphoidal hernia
David Lourie (USA)

Parastomal hernia repair
Marc Olivier Sauvaign (Switzerland)



12:00 – 12:30

Lunch Break

12:30 – 13:15

Industry Sponsored Session

Henry Hoffmann


13:15 – 14:15

Session 7 — Clinical decision making

Ferdinand Köckerling
Ralf Wilke

Small asymptomatic contralateral inguinal hernia: operate or leave it alone?
Perparim Limani (Switzerland)

Diastasis recti: which technique?
Guillaume Passot (France)

Diagnostic pathway on chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP)
Sean Orenstein
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