Scientific Program 2022

Swiss Society of Surgery (SGC): 16 CME Credits for participation on Swiss Hernia Days 2022

Thursday, 1ST September 2022

8:00 — 8:30


8:45 – 9:45

Session 1 — Trends and news in hernia surgery 2022

Alfred Buenafe
Filip Muysoms

Status of hernia repairs in Europe – a critical view from the Herniamed Registry
Ferdinand Köckerling (GER)

Game changers in the literature 2021 – my choice
Konstantinos Zarras (GER)

Hernia Surgery – Where are we in 10 years from now?
Mike Scott (UK)

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15

Session 3 — When it gets complex

David Lourie
Nasra Alam

When do we need a TAR and how do we perform it?
Barbora East

How to treat recurrences and re-recurrences of ventral hernia repair
Walter Brunner

In case you want to keep the abdominal wall intact: BTA and fascial traction
Dietmar Eucker

12:15 – 12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 – 13:30

Lunch Symposium

Henry Hoffmann



14:00 – 15:00

Session 4 — The big five questions in hernia surgery (Grand Round)

Henry Hoffmann
Philipp Kirchhoff

On the podium: Ferdinand Köckerling, Uli Dietz, Filip Muysoms, Tod Heniford, Vedra Augenstein

  1. Mesh fixation: when and how?
  2. Why are we still doing so much open hernia surgery?
  3. How can we reduce the risk of chronic postoperative inguinal pain?
  4. Is the robot overhyped?
  5. Why are we not able to reduce the rate of recurrences?

15:00 – 15:30


Coffee Break

General Assembly Swiss Hernia Society (SAHC), for members only

16:30 – 17:30

Session 6 — Special aspects of hernia surgery

Lars Jorgensen
Jaideprai Rao

Hospital volume and surgeon’s caseload – Does it matter in hernia  surgery?
Knut Borch

Update on Diastasis recti
Nadia Henrisken

Anatomy of the abdominal wall
Yohann Renard

17:30 – 18:00

Keynote lecture

When sailing transatlantic is not crazy enough: how about the arctic circle
Walter Brunner


Networking Event

Friday, 2ND September 2022

8:00 — 8:30


12:00 – 12:30

Lunch Break

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30


 Philipp Kirchhoff

Case 1: Bettina Herrmann
Case 2: Debora Nowakowski
Case 3: Marc Oliver Sauvain

Europe: Nadia Henriksen, Uli Dietz
USA: Vedra Augenstein, David Lourie
ASIA: Alfred Buenafe, Jaidepr Rao

16:30 – 17:30

Session 9 — Hernia surgery at its best

Yohann Renard
Konstantinos Zarras

Laparoscopic anatomy of the groin
David Lourie

How I became a hernia surgeon, when and why
Tod Henniford

The robot – Expensive tool or magic?
Filip Muysoms (Belgium)


Calendar File Swiss Hernia Days