Thursday 16th of May



18:00 -19:00 2018/1019 level 1 publication review – Marc Miserez (Belgium)

Friday 17th of May

9:30 – 11:00 Session I
(chair: K. Mitura, M. Śmietański)

The era of laparo/endoscopic inguinal hernia repair and the still open place for the open techniques.
1. Why we do need meshes in inguinal hernia repair? – Kryspin Mitura (Poland)
2. What are the arguments against meshes? – Ralph Lorenz (Germany)
3. Why we prefer laparo/endoscopic methods? – Reinhard Bittner (Germany)
4. An open procedure as a standard – solution for low resource countries – economical considerations. – Barbora East (Czech Republic)
5. Pataphysics and mechanical arguments for laparo/endoscopic procedures; do they confirm clinical findings? – Maciej Śmietański (Poland)

11:00-11:30 coffee break

11:30- 13:00 Session II
(chair: R. Solecki, J. Szopiński)

The current state of inguinal hernia repair
1. Shouldice repair – Ralph Lorenz (Germany)
2. Stoppa technique – Jacek Szopiński (Poland)
3. The current standard of Lichtenstein repair – David Chen (USA).
4. Key points in TAPP. – Jan Kukleta (Switzerland)
5. Key points in TEP. – Michał Chudy (Scotland)
6.A place for other techniques. – Andrzej Lehmann (Poland)

13:00- 14:00 LUNCH

Lunch session I (presentation is chosen by gold sponsors of the Congress)
From Bard Inc. : Ludomir Wadas – Use of Phasix mesh in ventral hernia surgery.
For Medtronic : Maciej Śmietański – Value of symbothex mesh in IPOM venral hernia repair.

14:00- 15:30 Session III
(chair: A. Lehmann, B. Stechemesser)

Open surgery of large postoperative defects of the front abdominal wall
1. Where we are with IPOM techniques- is there still a place for intraperitoneal mesh? – Hassan Ecker ( Netherlands )
2. Sub-lay position – still a gold standard? – Andrew de Beaux (Scotland)
3. Modifications of sub-lay technique – Bernd Stechemesser (Germany)
4. ACS – not the only way to do it – Maciej Śmietański (Poland)
5. TAR – can it really be compared with ACS? – Kryspin Mitura (Poland)

15:30- 16:30 Session IV
(chair: P. Myśliwiec)

Endoscopic and robotic procedures in large postoperative defects of the front abdominal wall.
1. Endoscopic ACS techniques – Andrzej Lehmann (Poland)
2. MILOS and e-MILOS – Reinhard Bittner (Germany)

Discussion panel.

16:30 – 17:00 coffee break

17:00 – 18:30 Session V
(chair and moderation: W. Tarnowski)
Medicolegal aspects of standards and certification in routine hospital practice.
A session dedicated to assessing help and danger of standards introduced in hernia surgery.
Certification – should it help? Whom – surgeons, patients, lawyers?
Open panel. Topics to be presented
1. Current guidelines in inguinal-hernia repair (Hernia Surge Group) – Maciej Pawlak (Scotland)
2. How the guidelines influence our work – lawyers look – Piotr Rączka (Poland, Faculty of Law and Administration, UMK, Toruń)
3. Standards and guidelines in the hands of Doctors Chamber in Poland – Andrzej Matyja (Poland)

20:00 Congress dinner

Saturday 18th of May

09:00 – 10:30 Session VI
(chair: S. Dąbrowiecki, H. Niebuhr)

Emergency surgery of inguinal and ventral hernias.
1. Need for bowel resection – does it change our strategy? – Marek Szczepkowski (Poland)
2. Contaminated field and meshes – Kamil Bury (Poland)
3.Open wounds and burst abdomen in hernia surgery – Tadeusz Wróblewski (Poland)
4. VAC therapy in hernia surgery – Tomasz Banaszkiewicz (Poland)
5. Place of laparoscopy in emergency hernia surgery – Henning Niebuhr (Germany)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Session VII
(chair: P. Myśliwiec, T. Wróblewski)

State of the art session.
1. Current indications for use of various implants in hernia procedures – Marc Miserez (Belgium)
2. Current status of robotic hernia surgery – Filip Muysoms (Belgium)

13:00 Closing remarks and farewell

All sessions take place at the Mercure Gdynia Hotel.

OPENING CEREMONY & WELCOME COCTAIL EMigration Museum; Polska 1 St, 81-339 Gdynia


Banquet - BROWAR PORT GDYNIA, Seaside Boulevard Feliksa Nowowiejskiego 2