Wissenschaftliches Programm 2018


Thursday, 20 September 2018




8:30 – 8:45


Foundation of the Swiss Association for Hernia Surgery (SAHC)
(PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann, PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff  & Dr. Jan F. Kukleta)

8:45 – 9:45

Inguinal Hernia: guidelines vs. reality

Jan Kukleta
René Fortelny

UpDate on current guidelines (Reinhard Bittner, Rottenburg)
Reality of inguinal hernia repair – data from the Herniamed registry (Ferdinand Köckerling, Berlin)
Why does reality not follow guidelines? (Marc Miserez, Leuven)

9:45 – 10:45

Inguinal hernia repair as a day case

Neil Smart,
Wolfgang Reinpold

What is possible & safe – experience from Germany (Ralph Lorenz, Berlin)
The economic perspective (Uli Dietz, Solothurn)
The surgeon’s perspective (Alex Ochsner, Schlieren)

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15

«Hot topics» in inguinal hernia repair

Victor Radu
Igor Belyansky

eTEP and more – latest innovations in inguinal hernia repair (Jorge Daes, Barranquilla)
Mesh-free techniques: beyond evidence? (Andreas Koch, Cottbus)
Mesh fixation: When and how (Gina Adrales, Baltimore)

12:15 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:45

Industry Symposium

Henry Hoffmann

Phasix – a biosynthetic mesh / latest clinical evidence (Walter Brunner, Rorschach) and best practice (Gernot Köhler, Linz)


13:45 – 14:45

Complications of inguinal hernia repair

Jorge Daes
David Chen

When do we have to remove the mesh? (Gernot Köhler, Linz)
Which complications do we see in real life – Herniamed registry (Franz Mayer, Salzburg)
Sexual dysfunction after inguinal hernia repair (Agneta Montgomery, Lund)

14:45 – 15:15

Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:45


Philipp Kirchhoff
Henry Hoffmann

Panel discussion of three challenging hernia cases

Cases: Peter Nussbaumer (Lachen), Samuel Käser (Zürich), Philipp Kirchhoff (Basel)

Switzerland: Alex Ochsner (Schlieren), Jan Kukleta (Zürich)
Austria: Gernot Köhler (Linz), René Fortelny (Vienna, Austria)
Germany: Reinhard Bittner (Rottenburg), Bernd Stechemesser (Cologne)
USA: Gina Adrales (Baltimore), Igor Belyansky (Annapolis)

16:45– 17:45

Innovations in ventral hernia repair

Walter Brunner
Henry Hoffmann

New techniques in ventral hernia repair: long lasting effect or a flash in the pan? (Wolfgang Reinpold, Hamburg)
Pros/Cons Robotic ventral hernia repair (Conrad Ballecer, Phoenix)
Stapled abdominoplasty (David Chen, Los Angeles)




Networking Event


Friday, 21 September 2018





Follow-up presentation of patients from 2017

8:15 – 13:00

Live Surgery

Jan Kukleta, Philipp Kirchhoff,
Marc Miserez and Walter Brunner

eTEP inguinal hernia: Jorge Daes (Barranquilla)
eTEP umbilical hernia: Igor Belyanski (Annapolis)
rTAPP: Filip Muysoms (Gent)
Shouldice: Ralph Lorenz (Berlin)
TAR: Miguel Urena Garcia (Madrid)

13:00 – 13:45

Lunch break

13:45 – 14:45

Controversies in ventral hernia repair

Agneta Montgomery
Conrad Ballecer

IPOM: decline of a legend? (Walter Brunner, St. Gallen)
Can extraperitoneal techniques replace IPOM in ventral hernia repair? (Victor Radu, Bucharest)
Component separation vs. Botox (Antonio Manuel Torregrosa, Valencia)

14:45 – 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 – 16:15

Challenges in ventral hernia repair

Ferdinand Köckerling
Uli Dietz

Chronic pain after ventral hernia repair, do we care enough? (Neil Smart, Exeter)
Limitations of minimal invasive ventral hernia repair (Providentia Garcia Pastor, Valencia)
Treatment of open abdomen (Rene Fortelny, Vienna)

16:15 – 17:00

Hernia Speed Dates

Ralph Lorenz,
Conrad Ballecer

3 operation videos

Open IPOM during damage control surgery (Joel Zindl, Inselspital Bern)
Perineal hernia repair (Daniel Clerc, CHUV Lausanne)
Single-Port eMILOS for multiple hernias (Nina Pfeifer, St. Gallen)

Supporting experts: Renè Fortelny, Neil Smart, David Chen



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