Scientific Programme 2023

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)



10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00

Deferred Live Surgery – Part 2

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

Pauli repair – Eric Pauli (USA)
rTAPP – Jonathan Douissard (CH)
eTEP – Victor Radu (ROM)



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)



14:15 – 14:45

Coffee Break

14:45 – 15:45


 Philipp Kirchhoff

Case 1: Sonia Ribas (POR)
Case 2: Marc – Olivier Sauvain (CH)
Case 3: Sebastian Soppe (CH)

Switzerland:   Jan Kukleta and Rebecca Kraus
Europe:           Victor Radu and Knut Borch
USA:                David Chen and Eric Pauli

15:45 – 16:45

Session 8 – Ventral hernia

Balasubramanian Ramana
Neil Smart

Treatment options for W3 hernias
Dietmar Eucker (CH)

Umbilical hernia: eTEP, MILOS or PUMP?
Walter Brunner (CH)

Surgical options in lumbar hernias
Eric Pauli (USA)




Calendar File Swiss Hernia Days