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Programme

  • Monday 17th October

      CADAVERIC HERNIA MASTERCLASS
    (Only registered Participants)
    takes place at the Manchester Surgical Skills & Simulation Centre (MSSSC)
    LECTURES IN NOWGEN CENTRE, Manchester Royal Infirmary
    Moderator: Stella Smith, UK ; Oroog Ali, UK

    INTUITIVE – ROBOTIC PRECONFERENCE COURSE
    (Only registered Participants)
  • Tuesday 18th October

      CADAVERIC HERNIA MASTERCLASS
    (Only registered Participants)
    takes place at the Manchester Surgical Skills & Simulation Centre (MSSSC)
     
     09:00 – 17:00 EHS EDUCATION SEMINAR Main Auditorium
    UEMS EXAMINATION Charter 1
    INTUITIVE – ROBOTIC PRECONFERENCE COURSE
    (Only registered Participants)
    Charter 2
    18:00 REGISTRATION OPENS  
  • Wednesday 19th October

     07:30 – 08:30 REGISTRATION
    BREAKFAST SYMPOSIUM
    COOK SYMPOSIUM
     
    08:30 – 09:15 WELCOME TO MANCHESTER Main Auditorium
    09:15 – 10:00 KEYNOTE 1
    Moderator:
    Aali J. Sheen, UK; Filip Muysoms, Belgium

    The Makings of a True Specialty
    Todd Heniford, USA
    Main Auditorium
    10:00 – 10:30 COFFEE BREAK + INDUSTRY EXHIBITION
    Eposters Sesssion 1:
    Saurabh Jamdar (UK) & Lars Jorgensen (Denmark)
    Poster Area
    10:30 – 11:00 KEYNOTE 2
    Moderator:
    David Lourie, USA; E. Goodman, Israel

    What lessons to learn from mistakes
    Manu Kapur, Switzerland
    Main Auditorium
    12:00 – 13:00 KEYNOTE 3
    Moderator:
    Ralph Lorenz, Germany; Hans Friis-Andersen, Denmark

    Hernia surgery at the extremes
    Miguel Ángel García Ureña, Spain
    Main Auditorium
    10:30 – 12:45 HERNIA POT POURRI
    Moderator
    : Ramana Balasubramaniam, India; Rigo Álvarez, Mexico

    Acute management of traumatic hernia
    Andreas Koch, Germany

    When to operate on nephrectomy hernias
    Ramana Balasubramaniam, India

    Hernias in the transplant patient
    David Van Dellen, UK

    Intercostal hernias
    Andrew de Beaux, UK

    Challenges with Robotic Surgery: the learning curve C
    Conrad Ballecer, USA
    Charter 1
    10:30 – 11:45 Short Papers 1: Ventral hernias (1st part)
    Moderator:
    Aman Bhargava, UK ;  Brian Jacobs, USA
    Charter 2
    11:45 – 13:00 Short Papers 1: Ventral hernias (2nd part)
    Moderator:
    Oroog Ali, UK; Lars Jorgensen, Denmark
    Charter 2
    10:30 – 12:45 MESH TECHNOLOGY
    Moderator:
    Alastair Windsor, UK; Cesare Stabilini, Italy

    Classification of mesh
    Alastair Windsor, UK

    Does mesh polymer make a difference?
    Maciej Smietanski, Poland

    Science of mesh related problems
    Ralph Lorenz, Germany

    New Mesh technology
    Barbora East, Czech Republic

    Tomorrow’s mesh, where future research is needed
    Agneta Montgomery, Sweden
    Charter 3
    12:45 – 14:00 LUNCH TIME SYMPOSIUMS
    MEDTRONIC SYMPOSIUM
    BBRAUN SYMPOSIUM
     
    14:00 – 15:30 WHAT’S NEW IN THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF HERNIAS?
    MANAGEMENT OF EMERGENCY HERNIAS
    Moderator
    : Maciej Pawlak, UK; Todd Heniford, USA

    Guidelines on emergency hernia surgery
    Belinda Desimone, France

    When to operate on untreatable incisional hernias?
    Debora Nowakowski, Czech Republic

    Parastomal hernias with bowel obstruction
    Todd Heniford, USA

    Lap or open approach for acutely irreducible hernias
    Maciej Smietanski, Poland

    MASH study
    Matt Lee, UK

    Main Auditorium
    14:00 – 14:20 KEYNOTE 4
    Moderator:
    Frederik Helgstrand, Denmark; Henry Hoffmann, Switzerland

    The launch of the UK hernia registry
    Liam Horgan, UK
    Charter 1
    14:20 – 15:30 THE GREAT REGISTRY DEBATE
    Moderator
    : Liam Horgan, UK; Erwin Van Geffen, Netherlands; Dominic Slade, UK

    Panel   
    Frederik Helgstrand, Denmark
    Bernd Stechemesser, Germany
    Marc Miserez, Belgium
    Peter Rogmark, Sweden
    Hakan Kulacoglu, Turkey
    Heather Bougard, Republic of South Africa
    Grigoris Chatzimavroudis, Greece
    Charter 1
    14:00 – 14:20 KEYNOTE 5
    Moderator
    : David Sanders, UK; Hannu Paajanen, Finland

    Incisional hernia reporting of outcomes; how can we report internationally
    Deena Harji, UK
    Charter 2
    14:20 – 15:30 IMMUNE REACTION AND HERNIA SURGERY
    Moderator: Nadia Henriksen, Denmark; Dimitris Damaskos, UK

    Inflammatory markers in incisional hernia surgery
    Fiona Wilkinson, UK

    Immune reactions comparing polypropylene mesh in inguinal hernia surgery
    Tervaert Cohen, Canada

    What future experiments and studies are needed to investigate mesh and its immune response?
    James Pritchett, UK

    ASIA syndrome
    Shirin Towfigh, USA

    Medicolegal implications of mesh implantation
    Archana Ramaswamy, USA
    Charter 2
    15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE BREAK + POSTER VIEWING
    ePosters Session 2: Aman Bhargava, UK & Cesare Stabilini, Italy
    Poster Area
    16:00 – 17:30 HOW TO TEACH HERNIA SURGERY IN THE MODERN ERA
    Moderator: Knut Borch, Norway ; Maciej Pawlak, UK

    Entrustable professional activities in hernia surgery
    Sara König, Germany

    Surgical educations from own videos
    David Lourie, USA

    Standardizing the steps of hernia procedures; how can it help in education?
    Ulrich Dietz, Switzerland

    Using social media to train, teach and learn
    Brian Jacobs, USA

    What trainees want from their trainers
    Nasra Alam, UK
    Main Auditorium
    16:00 – 17:30 LIFE ON THE OTHER SIDE: PATIENT’S STORY OF HERNIA SURGERY
    Moderator
    : Jackie Bullock, UK; Susannah Hill, UK; Shirin Towfigh USA

    Sex & Drugs & rock & roll
    Susannah Hill /Olivia Smith, UK

    A meaningful consent process
    Susannah Hill / Srinivas Chintapatla, UK

    Post-surgery outcomes; patient and surgeon perceptions
    Jackie Bullock, UK / Barbora East, Czech Republic

    Empathy with patients on mesh related issues
    Paul Wilson, UK

    Supporting patients through social media
    Paula Goss, UK / Shirin Towfigh, USA
    Charter 1
    16:00 – 17:00 DEBATE: WHO WILL FIX MY HERNIA?
    Moderator:
    D. Koppelmann, Israel; Alexis Theodorou, Greece

    The general surgeon
    Andrej Goscimki, UK

    The cancer specialist
    Gabrielle Van Ramhorst, Netherlands

    The hernia surgeon
    Joachim Conze, Germany

    The emergency / trauma surgeon
    Erwin Van Geffen, Netherlands

    Hernia surgery as a recognized specialty: pitfalls and challenges
    Sarfaraz Baig, India
    Charter 2
    17:00 – 18:00 BEST SHORT PAPERS 2
    Moderator
    : Kristian Kiim Jensen, Denmark; Vedra Augenstein, USA
    Charter 2
    17:45
    WELCOME DRINKS RECEPTION
    Mr Christian Macutkiewicz, UK
    Speeches – Dr Filip Muysoms, Belgium; President of EHS; Prof Aali Sheen, UK; Congress President
     
  • Thursday 20th October

    08:00 – 08:30 MEET THE EXPERT DR. GABRIELLE VAN RAMSHORST
    Moderator
    : Duncan Light, UK; Harsha Jayamanne, UK
    Exhibition Hall
    08:30 – 10:00 ELECTIVE INCISIONAL HERNIA: WHAT TO DO WHEN THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS
    Moderator
    : David Chen, USA; David Sanders, UK

    Dealing with contamination and enterotomies
    Alastair Windsor, UK

    You just can't close the defect intra operatively
    René Fortelney, Austria

    Mistakes in component separation and how to avoid them
    Conrad Ballecer, USA

    The third recurrence- admit defeat or try again
    Marja Boermeester, Netherlands

    When should I not use mesh?
    Nadia Henriksen, Denmark

    How I learnt TAR, my results
    Gregori Chatzimavroudis, Greece
    Main Auditorium
    08:30 – 10:00 DRAGON’S DEN/ RESEARCH AWARD (HANS JEEKEL RESEARCH AWARD)
    Moderator
    : Filip Muysoms, Belgium; Toby Hammonds, UK

    Invigilators:
    Lars Jorgensen, Denmark
    Giampiero Campanelli, Italy
    Paras Jethwa, UK
    Todd Heniford, USA
    Gabrielle Van Ramshorst, Netherlands
    Manuel López Cano, Spain
    Carlos Magalhães, Portugal
    Charter 1
    08:30 – 10:00 HERNIA AFTER CANCER SURGERY/ COMPLEX DISEASES
    Moderator
    : Cesare Stabilini, Italy; E. Goodman, Israel

    Implications of ongoing cancer treatment in Hernia patients
    Juan Valle, UK

    When to offer a hernia repair for cancer patients
    Ajith Siriwardena, UK

    Synchronous surgery for cancer and a hernia
    Jared Torkington, UK

    Hernia as part of cosmetic surgery
    David Ross, UK

    Hernia for surgery in the presence of Ascites
    Frederik Berrevoet, Belgium
    Charter 2
    10:00 – 10:30 COFFEE BREAK + INDUSTRY EXHIBITION
    ePosters Session 3:
    Aman Bhargava, UK & Hannu Paajanen, Finland
     
    10:30 – 11:45 BJS AWARD SESSION
    Moderator
    : Andrew de Beaux, UK; Manuel López Cano, Spain
    Main Auditorium
    11:45 – 12:30 KEYNOTE: BJS LECTURE
    Moderator
    : Stella Smith, UK; Agneta Montgomery, Sweden

    Surgeons as the second victim
    Haytham Kaafarani, USA
    Main Auditorium
    10:30 – 10:50 KEYNOTE 6
    Moderator
    : Hakan Gök, Turkey; Todd Heniford, USA

    When a fistula complicates the picture
    Marja Boermeester, Netherlands
    Charter 1
    10:50 – 12:45 OPEN ABDOMEN SESSIONS
    Moderator: Hakan Gök, Turkey; Todd Heniford, USA

    When to leave the abdomen open
    Carlo Vallicelli, Italy

    Bin the Bogota bag-how to manage the open abdomen
    Arnulf Gregori Willms, Germany

    Mesh mediated fascial closure
    Ulf Petersson, Sweden

    The role of vacuum therapy
    René Fortelny, Austria

    Fasciatense
    Henning Niebuhr, Germany

    Cool study
    Andrew Kirkpatrick, Canada
    Charter 1
    10:30 – 11:15 VIDEO SESSION 1
    Moderator:
    Jan F. Kukleta, Switzerland; Victor Radu, Romania
    Charter 2
    11:15 – 13:00 THE FEMALE GROIN: UPDATES AND CONTROVERSIES
    Moderator:
    Shirin Towfigh, USA; Dermot Hehir, Ireland

    Female groin anatomy
    Nasra Alam, UK

    The clinical evaluation
    Shirin Towfigh, USA

    Robotic repair
    Periklis Chrysocheris, Greece

    Mesh or no mesh
    Andreas Koch, Germany

    Rare hernia, cyst in the canal of nuck
    Oroog Ali, UK

    Obturator Hernia in Women
    Johanna Osterberg, Sweden
    Charter 2
    12:45 -- 14:00 LUNCH TIME SYMPOSIUMS
    INTUITIVE SYMPOSIUM
    WL GORE SYMPOSIUM
     
    14:00 – 15:30 MEDICOLEGAL DEBATE
    Moderator
    : Filip Muysoms, Belgium; Archana Ramaswamy, USA

    Experts and Co-Chair:   Andrew de Beaux, UK; David Chen, USA.
    Counsel -- Matthew Snarr, UK
    Counsel -- Julie Anne Luck, UK
    Judge – Chris Kennedy, UK
    Main Auditorium            
    14:00 – 14:20 KEYNOTE 7
    Moderator:
    Ian Daniels, UK; Vedra Augenstein, USA

    Diastasis Recti- Surgery for pain or cosmesis
    Pilar Hernandez- Granados, Spain
    Charter 1
    14:20 – 15:30 UNUSUAL & CHALLENGING HERNIAS
    Moderator
    : Conrad Ballecer, USA ; Barbora East, Czech Republic

    What constitutes a difficult hernia
    Conrad Ballecer, USA ; Barbora East, Czech Republic

    Xiphoid hernias
    Yohann Renard, France

    Perineal hernias
    Neil Smart, UK

    Flank denervation hernias
    Giampiero Campanelli, Italy

    Kocher’s incision
    Wolfgang Reinpold, Germany
    Charter 1
    14:00 – 14:45 THE EUROPEAN HERNIA SOCIETY INCISIONAL HERNIA: KEY TAKE HOME MESSAGES AND AUDIENCE VOTING
    Moderator
    : Maciej Pawlak, UK; David Sanders, UK
    Charter 2
    14:45 – 15:30 SHORT PAPERS 3: GROIN
    Moderator
    : Miguel Ángel Garcia Urena, Spain; Paras Jethwa, UK
    Charter 2
    15:30-16:00 COFFEE BREAK AND INDUSTRY EXHIBITION
    ePosters Session 4
    : Saurabh Jamdar, UK; Sarfaraz Baig, India
    Poster Area
    16:00 – 16:30 UPDATE ON UEMS EXAMINATION
    Moderator
    : Ferdinand Köckerling, Germany; Agneta Montgomery, Sweden
    Main Auditorium
    16:30 –-17:30 EHS GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2025 MEETING ANNOUNCED
    Moderator
    : Andrew de Beaux, UK
    Main Auditorium
    16:00 – 17:30 Short Oral presentations 4
    Moderator:
    Conrad Ballecer, USA; David Lourie, USA
    Charter 2
  • Friday 21st October

     08:00 – 08:30 MEET THE EXPERT DR. A. MONTGOMERY
    Moderator
    : Duncan Light, UK;  Harsha Jayamanne, UK
    Exhibition Hall
     08:30 – 09:00 KEYNOTE 8
    Moderator
    : Rhiannon Harries, UK; Wolfgang Reinpold, Germany

    Why do we need an MDT?
    Oliver Warren, UK
    Main Auditorium
    09:00 – 10:00 ABDOMINAL WALL MDT
    Moderator:
    Stella Smith, UK; Nadeem Khwaja, UK

    Panel
    Vinotha Nadarajah, UK
    Ramana Balasubramaniam, India
    Miguel Ángel García, Spain
    Vedra Augenstein, USA
    Oliver Warren, UK
    Rhiannon Harries, UK
    David Ross, UK
    Main Auditorium
    08:30 – 08:50 KEYNOTE 9
    Moderator:
    Marc Miserez, Belgium; Ferdinand Köckerling, Germany

    How to conduct an RCT
    Eva Deerenberg, Netherlands
    Charter 1
    08:50 – 10:15 RCTs UPDATES AND RESULTS
    Moderator:
    Neil Smart, UK ;  Eva Deerenberg, Netherlands

    CIPHER study
    Neil Smart, UK

    Tackomesh Study
    James Pilkington, UK

    HART trial
    Jared Torkington, UK

    PREEMER
    Elisa Mäkäräinen- Uhlbäck, Finland
    Charter 1
    08:30 – 09:00 KEYNOTE 10
    Moderator:
    Lars N. Jorgensen, Denmark; Yuri Novitsky, USA

    Parastomal guidelines
    Stavros Antoniou, Greece
    Charter 2
    09:00 – 10:00 PARASTOMAL HERNIA SESSION
    Moderator
    : Henry Hoffmann, Switzerland; Heather Bougard, Republic of South Africa

    PROPHER study
    Thomas Pinkey, UK

    Laparoscopic repair indications
    Filip Muysoms, Belgium

    Open repair
    Frederik Berrevoet, Belgium

    Complications associated with reversal and associated hernia formation
    Neil Smart, UK
    Charter 2
    10:00-10:30 COFFEE BREAK + INDUSTRY EXHIBITION
    ePosters session 5:
    Saurabh Jamdar, UK
     
    10:30 – 10:50 KEYNOTE 11
    Moderator
    : Andrew de Beaux, UK; Jose A. Pereira, Spain

    Why is mesh coverage on the television?
    Shirin Towfigh, USA
    Main Auditorium
    10:50 – 13:00 CHRONIC PAIN IN INGUINAL HERNIA SURGERY: MDT
    Moderator
    : Maciej Pawlak, UK, Diego Cuccurollo, Italy

    MDT approach to diagnosing and treatment CPIP
    Maciej Pawlak, UK

    MDT treatment of CPIP in the US
    David Chen, USA

    Persistent Pain cycle; why we need to focus on patient’s ideas and concerns
    Matthew Lund, UK

    Non-surgical treatment of CPIP
    Eske Kvanner Aasvang, Denmark

    Recommendations of hernia surge update on CPIP
    Nadine Van Veenendaal, Netherlands

    When all else fails is it ACNES?
    Rudi Roumen, Netherlands
    Main Auditorium
    10:30 – 11:30 DEBATE: MINIMALLY INVASIVE (LAP/ROBOT) VS OPEN VENTRAL HERNIA REPAIR
    Moderator:
    Andrei Mihailescu, UK; Nadia Henriksen, Denmark

    Will robotics replace Lap surgery & if so, when?
    Yuri Novitsky, USA

    LAP. - Victor Radu, Romania
    ROBOT - Conrad Ballecer, USA
    OPEN -  Giampiero Campanelli, Italy
    OPEN -  Ian Daniels, UK
    Charter 1
    11:30 – 12:45 IMPROVE THE OUTCOMES: ASK THE EXPERTS
    Moderator:
    Jared Torkington, UK; Peter Rogmark, Sweden

    How to do a good retrorectus repair
    Joachim Conze, Germany

    How I do a TAPP; tips and tricks
    Jan F. Kukleta, Switzerland

    How to manage a persistent seroma/ abdominal wall pseudocyst
    Salvador Morales Conde, Spain

    My worst complications with laparoscopic surgery
    Carlos Magalhaes, Portugal
    Charter 1
    10:30 – 11:30 VIDEO SESSION 2
    Moderator
    : Erwin Van Geffen, Netherlands; Ferdinand Köckerling, Germany
    Charter 2
    11:30 – 12:45 PRE-HABILITATION FOR HERNIA REPAIRS
    Moderator
    : Praminthra Chitsabesan, UK ;  Erwin Van Geffen, Netherlands

    Use of CPET testing
    Nick Batchelor, UK

    Pre op. risk stratification
    Vedra Augenstein, USA

    Prehabilitation
    Baukje van den Heuvel, Netherlands

    Obesity surgery in patients with incisional hernias
    Sarfaraz Baig, India

    Charter 2
    12:45 – 14:00 LUNCH TIME SYMPOSIUMS
    BD SYMPOSIUM
    CMR SURGICAL SYMPOSIUM
     
    14:00 – 15:30 PRACTICALITIES OF MESH REMOVAL: ASK THE EXPERTS (VIDEO SESSION)
    Moderator
    : Johanna Osterberg, Sweden; Kristian Kiim Jensen, Denmark

    Removal of groin mesh and nerve division open
    David Chen, USA

    Removal of mesh laparoscopic
    Vedra Augenstein, USA

    Removal of abdominal wall mesh open
    Andreas Koch, Germany

    Removal of mesh robotic
    Shirin Towfigh, USA

    Nerve mapping & ligation
    R. Álvarez, México
    Main Auditorium
    14:00 – 14:20 KEYNOTE 12
    Moderator
    : Filip Muysoms, Belgium; Paras Jethwa, UK

    Robotic inguinal repair; it is worth it
    Archana Ramaswamy, USA
    Charter 1
    14:20 – 15:30 COMPLICATIONS IN GROIN HERNIA SURGERY; WHAT TO DO?
    Moderator
    : Yohann Renard, France; Knut Borch, Norway

    Anatomical caveats to reduce pain
    David Lourie USA

    Immediate post op. pain
    Andrew de Beaux, UK

    Early recurrence
    Henry Hoffmann, Switzerland

    Immediate post op bleeding and persistent seroma
    Paras Jethwa, UK

    Testicular complications
    Ian Pearce, UK
    Charter 1
    14:00 – 14:45 BHS ADDRESS / AGM
    Moderator
    : Aali J. Sheen, UK; David Sanders, UK
    Charter 2
    14:45 – 15:30 SHORT ORAL PRESENTATION 5
    Moderator
    : Brian Stephenson, UK; Sarfaraz Baig, India
    Charter 2
    15:30-16:00 COFFEE BREAK + INDUSTRY EXHIBITION
    ePosters Session 6:
    Diego Cuccurollo, Italy & Johanna Osterberg, Sweden
     
    16:00 – 17:30 DEBATE: DOES MESH BELONG IN THE ABDOMINAL CAVITY
    Moderator
    : Knut Borch, Norway; René Fortelny, Austria

    For:

    Brian Jacob, USA
    Hans Frii-Andersen, Denmark

    Against:
    Dominic Slade, UK
    Victor Radu, Romania
    Main Auditorium
    16:00 – 17:30 SPORTS GROIN MDT
    Moderator
    : Joachim Conze, Germany; Zarko Vuckovic, Serbia

    Panel
    Brian Jacob, US
    Hannu Paajanen, Finland
    Waqar Bhatti, UK
    Dough Jones, UK
    John Rogers, UK
    Max Fehilly, UK
    Charter 1
    16:00 – 16:45 INGUINAL HERNIA GUIDELINES UPDATE; KEY MESSAGES AND VOTING
    Moderator
    : Maarten Simmons, Netherlands; Cesare Stabilini, Italy
    Charter 2
    16:45 – 17:30 SHORT ORAL PAPERS 6
    Moderator
    : Rhiannon Harries, UK; Ulf Petersson, Sweden
    Charter 2
    19:00 GALA DINNER & PRESENTATIONS
    Best oral presentation
    BJS prize
    Dragon’s Den
    Vote of thanks
    EHS 2023 Madrid
    Manuel Lopez-Cano, Spain
     
    Closing of the 44th Annual International Congress of the European Hernia Society 2022
  • Saturday 22st October

      MORNING - Manchester Royal Infirmary - Main Lecture theatre  Post Graduate Centre
      4 State of the Art Lectures
    Chairs:
    A J Sheen, UK; D Sanders, UK
    (Only for registered Participants)

    “Robotic surgery for hernia repairs – is this cost effective?”
    Bjorn Mueck– guest speaker

    “Women in Surgery, are we achieving our goals?”

    Oroog Ali (UK) 

    “Academia in Hernia Surgery, is there clinical utility and are we being taken seriously?”
    Neil Smart (US)

    “When can I call myself an expert?”
    TBC

    “Open Inguinal Hernia Surgery; how I can repair without mesh?”
    Ralph Lorenz (D)

    “LAP Inguinal Hernia Surgery; Why I chose TEP?”
    Paras Jethwa (UK)

    “LAP Inguinal Hernia Surgery; Why I chose TAPP?”
    TBC