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2023

June 2023

ZweiChirurgen at the annual meeting of the Deutschen Herniengesellschaft (DHG)

Around 400 participants came to Cologne for this year’s meeting of the DHG to learn about news and developments in hernia surgery. PD Dr Henry Hoffmann gave a lecture on the importance of anatomical workshops and surgical workshops in surgical training.

Deutschen Herniengesellschaft (DHG)

ZweiChirurgen at the annual congress of the Swiss College of Surgeons (SCS)

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Dr. med. Debora Nowakowski were active as chairs and speakers at this year’s SCS Congress in Basel. 1300 participants from all over Switzerland exchanged information about news and developments in hernia surgery in interactive workshops and lectures.

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ZweiChirurgen in Ghent (Belgium)

Dr Debora Nowakwoski from ZweiChirurgen was active as a speaker and moderator at the renowned “Robotic Abdominal Wall Surgery” (RAWS) congress in Ghent (Belgium). Around 150 experts from Europe and the USA in the field of robotic-assisted hernia surgery exchanged news and discussed exciting cases.

RAWS 2023 Ghent

May 2023

ZweiChirurgen with high-ranking publication

Together with authors from Germany and Australia, two surgeons have published an important paper on gender differences in abdominal wall hernia surgery. Result: Women have a significantly higher risk of chronic abdominal wall pain after abdominal wall hernia surgery compared to men.

Hernia Journal

ZweiChirurgen at the Congress of the European Hernia Society (EHS)

More than 1300 participants from Europe, Asia and America came to the annual congress of the EHS in Barcelona (Spain) to exchange information on the latest developments in hernia surgery on an international level. Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff acted as instructor in the Anatomical Surgery Workshop, PD Dr. Hoffmann, in addition to a presentation on the topic of “Hernia Surgery in Obese Patients”, also participated as an examiner for obtaining the European Specialist Title “Hernia Surgery ” (F.E.B.S. Abdominal Wall Surgery).

EHS Barcelona

Diagnosis-Talk with ZweiChrirurgen: Rectal Diseases

Hemorrhoids, anal fissures and anal vein thrombosis are the most common, unfortunately usually very painful rectal diseases. More than every second person suffers from them in his life. Sometimes for years, because these diseases are still associated with a lot of shame.

Dr. med. Debora Nowakowski talks in the Diagnosis Talk about efficient clarifications and target-oriented, conservative treatments.

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April 2023

ZweiChirurgen at anniversary congress in Davos

The Davos Course celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. About 350 course participants from all over the world came again to Davos to get further education in the field of hernia surgery with practical exercises and state-of-the-art lectures. PD Dr. Hoffmann was again present as instructor and speaker.

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Two Surgeons on Telebasel

Two surgeons explain in the program Diagnosis on Telebasel on 18.04.2023 about diseases of the anus. In doing so, they try to take away the patients’ fear of visiting the doctor.

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March 2023

ZweiChirurgen give OP Workshop

Once again, surgeons from various hospitals in Switzerland visited ZweiChirurgen. Several times a year, the focus is on the many aspects surrounding hernia operations. Topic this time: optimal fixation of hernia meshes in the groin.

Two surgeons performed online training at Medgate

Prof. Philipp Kirchhoff could educate numerous colleagues about proctology and hernia surgery in an online lecture. The cooperation with Medgate in the field of hernia and proctology has been very efficient for years.

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ZweiChirurgen at the Interregional Surgical Meeting in Zurich

Prof. Philipp Kirchhoff presented new techniques for the minimal invasive repair of abdominal wall hernias.

17. Interregionales Chirurgenforum Zurich (german)

ZweiChirurgen in Graubünden

PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann spoke at this year’s annual congress of the Austrian Hernia Society as speaker and chairman on the subject of «Outpatient Hernia Surgery». Around 100 participants from Austria and other European countries were present in Salzburg.

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ZweiChirurgen in Salzburg

PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann spoke at this year’s annual congress of the Austrian Hernia Society as speaker and chairman on the subject of «Outpatient Hernia Surgery». Around 100 participants from Austria and other European countries were present in Salzburg.

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ZweiChirurgen with practice in Zurich

From April 2023, ZweiChirurgen will also offer its experience and expertise in hernia surgery centrally in Zurich in a private practice. You will find us at Bellerivestrasse 3.

The consultation will initially be exclusively for patients with private or supplementary insurance. Further information about our private consultation in Zurich can be found on our homepage.

February 2023

Important publication on the topic of «Outpatient surgery for inguinal hernias»

PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann, as a member of the board of the Swiss Hernia Society (SAHC), has exchanged views with colleagues from the German (DHG) and Austrian Hernia Societies (ÖHG) on the topic of «Outpatient Surgery of Inguinal Hernias». In the DACH region (Germany – Austria – Switzerland), outpatient surgery has not yet become established despite political demands. The main reasons for this are financial disincentives (outpatient surgery is loss-making) and the fact that the decision as to whether an inguinal hernia can be operated on as an outpatient or not has been taken out of the hands of the surgeons who are ultimately responsible. In addition, surgical training suffers massively from the serious underfunding of outpatient surgery. The working group has now published the discussion in the form of a high-level position paper and thus hopes to initiate a constructive discussion in which the hurdles that stand in the way of a further expansion of outpatient surgery can be overcome.

ZweiChirurgen gave lectures at the Physiotherapy Training

At the Merian Iselin in Basel, 70 interested people followed the lecture by Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff on treatment methods for faecal incontinence.

January 2023

ZweiChirurgen Annual Report 2022

Our Annual Report 2022 is available for download

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November 2022

ZweiChirurgen certified «Center of Competence in Hernia Surgery»

Due to the long-lasting high quality and innovation in the field of hernia surgery for many years ZweiChirurgen has been certified as a «Center of Competence in Hernia Surgery» by the DGAV. This certification is awarded to dedicated centers, which are treating all hernia diseases with low rates of complications.

Certification by the DGAV e.V.

ZweiChirurgen at Hernia conference in Asia

Dr. Debora Nowakowski and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann were invited speaker and moderators at the annual conference of the «Asia-Pacific Hernia Society» (APHS), which took place in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). After two years of corona break the conference could finally take place as an on-site event again. Together with hernia experts from all over the world new developments and controversies in the field of hernia surgery were discussed with more than 500 participants.

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ZweiChirurgen on a Herniaworkshop at the Kantonsspital Liestal

At the 4. überregionaler OP-Workshop MIC und Hernienchirurgie Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff gave a critical lecture on new techniques for the treatment of abdominal wall hernias under the title «How to make a relevant selection from the overabundance of new techniques in hernia surgery».

Link to the program

October 2022

ZweiChirurgen at the European Hernie Society (EHS) Meeting in Manchester (UK)

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Dr. Debora Nowakowski participated together with experts from Europe and the rest of the world at the annual meeting of the European Hernia Society (EHS) in Manchester (UK). More than 1000 participants were updated in the lates developments and innovations in die field of hernia surgery. PD Dr. Hoffmann and Dr. Nowakowski had talks and moderations of sessions.

EHS Manchester 2022

Dr. med. Debora Nowakowski passed UEMS exam for abdominal wall surgery

Dr. Nowakowski has successfully passed the exam to become a «Fellow of the European Board of Surgery» in Abdominal Hernia Surgery (F.E.B.S. AWS). The exams took place at the annual congress of the European Hernie Society (EHS) in Manchester (UK).

We warmly congratulate Dr. Nowakowski for this achievement and are proud to have such a competent surgeon in our team.

link to UEMS

ZweiChirurgen at «Forum Young Surgeons»

PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann was invited as a hernia expert to talk at the «How I do it» session at Lucerne. The 120 attending young trainee surgeons learned more about focused hernia surgery, where Dr. Hoffmann provided tipps and tricks in hernia surgery.

ZweiChirurgen at Romanian Hernia Days in Bucharest

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and many international hernia experts were invited to the «Romanian Hernia Days» in Bucharest. The main topic was the role of meshes in hernia repair. Almost 300 participants from Southeast Europe joined the congress.

September 2022

ZweiChirurgen with article about groin pain

Groin pain is a very frequent problem and needs a meticulous and focused clinical examination. More than 15 causes are described in the literature such as pathologies from muscles, bones or genital organs. A groin hernia only rarely causes pain. Instead, the most frequent complication of groin hernia surgery is chronic groin pain affecting more than 1500 patients per year in Switzerland. In such cases, a deep knowledge of the causes and the therapy strategies is required to help these suffering patients. Read the article which was recently published in Switzerlands surgical journal «Swiss Knife».

Read the article (german)

ZweiChirurgen at 39th Davoscourse

Together with hernia experts from Europe PD Dr. Hoffmann was again in Davos as a speaker and instructor. Besides giving update talks on hernia surgery many surgical trainees were educated and trained in hernia techniques using plastic and pelvic-trainer models.

5th Swiss Hernia Days in Basel

Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen managed to invite renown national and international hernia experts to Basel. 265 participants from 24 countries joined the Swiss Hernia Days at the Congress Center Basel, to discuss challenges and innovations in the field of hernia surgery. Besides the discussions and talks the anatomical workshop and the life-surgery were highlights of the conference. Since the foundation in 2017 «Swiss Hernia Days» have developed to one of the most successful and important hernia conferences in Europa

June 2022

ZweiChirurgen with modern Robotic technology in the OR

In the Merian-Iselin-Clinic ZweiChirurgen can use a surgical robot of the newest generation (Intuitive da Vinci Xi®). The surgery with the robot is performed in a classic laparoscopic technique, but it uses the «master-slave» configuration. The camera and the surgical instruments are mounted to a robot arm at the patient table. The surgeon sits on a console where he can manipulate the instruments and the camera using joysticks.

Besides the advantages of conventional minimal-invasive surgery (less pain, less complications, quicker return to work and social life after surgery) the robot offers a high-definition 3D vision, higher precision and degrees of freedom in the instrument handling and much better ergonomics for the surgeon. Especially in hernia surgery the use of the robotic system is increasing and will be an important tool for every future hernia surgeon.

ZweiChirurgen at Swiss Surgical Congress

ZweiChirurgen were active speakers and chairs in the session of the Swiss Hernia Society (SAHC) during the annual congress of the SSwiss Surgical Society (SGC) in Berne. News and trends in hernia surgery in Switzerland and Europe were discussed.

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May 2022

ZweiChirurgen lecture at Dreiländertreffen in Wien

At the joint congress of minimally invasive surgeons from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff gave a critical overview of the new extraperitoneal treatments for abdominal wall hernias and moderated the lively discussion.

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April 2022

ZweiChirurgen at the 7th Salzburger Hernia Days

Together with experts from Europe and USA PD Dr. Hoffmann was invited as a session moderator and speaker to the 5th Salzburg Hernia Days to discuss current topics and innovations in hernia surgery. PD Dr. Hoffmanns talk was about alternatives to robotic surgery in hernia repair.

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March 2022

ZweiChirurgen at International Hernia Congress

Together with other hernia experts from Europa, Asia and Africa PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann was invited speaker at the IHS congress in Athens, Greece. PD Dr. Hoffmann spoke about the surgical treatment strategies to repair diastasis rectify, which is a very frequent abdominal wall disease following pregnancies. More then 300 participants on-site and almost 1000 online participants followed this event.

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January 2022

ZweiChirurgen Annual Report 2021

Our Annual Report 2021 is available for download (german).

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December 2021

Team of ZweiChirurgen grows

We welcome Mrs. Rossella Loreto (middle) as competent practice assistant at ZweiChirurgen. She will support our fabulous practice assistant team starting in December 2021. Welcome to the team.

November 2021

ZweiChirurgen at the annual congress for robotic surgery in Ghent (Belgium)

Dr Hoffmann is a speaker and moderator here together with international experts.

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ZweiChirurgen with a new book publication!

PD Dr Henry Hoffmann and Dr Debora Nowakowski from ZweiChirurgen have again contributed to the second edition of «Facharztwissen Viszeralchirurgie». The chapter «Emergency Surgery» deals with the optimal care of acute, surgical abdominal diseases.

October 2021

ZweiChirurgen at the joint Congress of the European and Americas Hernia Society in Copenhagen

More then 1000 participants went to Copenhagen to get updated at the joint congress of the European (EHS) and Americas Hernia Society (AHS) in the field of hernia surgery. PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen was invited as an expert to give lectures and moderate sessions. Also, for the first time there were exams to get the diploma for the new European surgical qualification in the field of «Abdominal Wall Surgery» (AWS). PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann was one examiners. Additionally, Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Hoffmann were awarded with the honorary diploma for the news surgical qualification «Abdominal Wall Surgery».

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September 2021

ZweiChirurgen speak at the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP)

At this year’s virtual annual congress, Prof. Philipp Kirchhoff, spoke about the latest findings on the prevention of parastomal hernia.

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Virtual contribution of the ZweiChirurgen at the Hollister Autumn Days 2021

Prof. Philipp Kirchhoff spoke in front of 70 stoma therapists about the topic «Parastomal Hernia» and led a lively discussion in Zurich.

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ZweiChirurgen in important hernia workshop in Davos

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen was again invited as an expert and instructor for the annual international hernia workshop in Davos. In the «Davoscourse» young surgeons learn basics but also advanced surgical techniques to treat hernias. More then 250 participants from 19 countries took part.

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ZweiChirurgen with successful Swiss Hernia Days

Despite the difficult corona situation, Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann were able to organize the most important Swiss hernia congress for the fourth time. Participants and speakers from 18 countries found their way to Basel to discuss current developments and controversies in hernia surgery for two days. Website

Many thanks also to the OP Team of the Merian Iselin Klinik for the professional running of the Live-OPs.

ZweiChirurgen as experts at Hernien-Workshop

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann as instructor and expert at the Hernia Workshop in Bad Saarow (Germany). Standards and new techniques in hernia surgery are taught to numerous surgeons from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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August 2021

Welcome Debora Nowakowski!

Debora Nowakowski, MD, is a specialist in surgery (FMH) and joins the ZweiChirurgen team of physicians with immediate effect. Dr. Nowakowski completed her specialist training at renowned clinics in Switzerland and most recently worked as a senior physician at the Bruderholz Cantonal Hospital.

We are happy and proud to welcome Dr. Nowakowski to our team.

July 2021

ZweiChirurgen with important publication regarding diastasic recti

Together with co-authors from Austria, Germany and Switzerland PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann has published an important paper regarding repair of diastasis recti (DR). The main topic of the report was the standardized recording of the surgical repair of DR.

Over 40 different techniques are described of which most are not well evaluated with a low level of evidence. To improve the level of evidence, the surgical techniques of DR repair should be recorded in registers, such as the «Herniamed» registry.

Finally pain free…!

In episode 6 of his documentary «Alex Wilson’s long road to Tokyo» released in july, the world-class sprinter reports how the operation of the groin at ZweiChirurgen finally allowed pain-free sprints and training sessions again. We keep our fingers crossed for Alex, the new European record holder over 100m and Swiss record holder over 200m for Tokyo! Go Alex…!

«Alex Wilson’s long road to Tokyo — records, injuries and a tragic loss». The full story on Basel online (german/registration required)

ZweiChirurgen operating at the Merian-Iselin-Clinic

From the 1st July on ZweiChirurgen will treat and operate their inpatient clients exclusively at the Merian-Iselin-Clinic. This clinic located in the center of Basel is of high renown in north-west Switzerland. Beside its high-quality and comfortable treatment if the patients the clinic provides a larger network of interdisciplinary cooperation between surgeons, urologists, gynecologists and orthopedic surgeons.

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June 2021

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff receive «Honorary Diploma for Abdominal Wall Surgery» of the European Union of Medical Specialists (U.E.M.S.)

Due to their clinical and scientific experience and their commitment for the surgical education in the field of hernia surgery PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff received the «Honorary Diploma of Abdominal Wall Surgery» by the European Union of Medical Specialists (U.E.M.S.). This diploma is awarded to surgeons, who are highly specialized in hernia and abdominal wall surgery. The diplomas will be handed out during the joint congress of the European (EHS) and Americans Hernia Society (AHS) in October 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Swiss Hernia Days 2021 confirmed

Organized by PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff from ZweiChirurgen the Swiss Hernia Days are confirmed to take place on the 9th and 10th September 2021 in Basel, Switzerland.

After a break in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic the two surgeons were able to invite renown national and International experts to Basel, to update Swiss surgeons in the field of hernia surgery. 300-400 participants are expected to join the congress in site at the Congress Center Basel.

April 2021

Publication alert regarding inguinal hernia repair

Together with colleagues from Austria and Germany PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen could publish an important work regarding risk factors in inguinal hernia repair. With this data it is now possible to evaluate the patients’ individual risk much better before the operation, which allows a better consenting process.

ZweiChirurgen as co-authors in a new standard book of hernia surgery

In the chapter «Bilateral transabdominal inguinal hernia repair in the Stoppa-technique» Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann describe tipps and tricks to successfully master this technique.

link (german)

March 2021

ZweiChirurgen as Experts at important Hernia conference

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann was again one of the experts at the annual „Hernientage“ and «Herniamed Studientreffen». Together with expert colleagues from Austria, Germany and Switzerland he updated the virtually attending 600 participants on the newest trends and findings in hernia surgery. The topics PD Dr. Hoffmann was talking about were «Inguinal Hernia Repair in Male Patients – Influencing Factors in Outcome» and «News in the Parastomalen Hernia Repair».

5. HERNIAMED Studientreffen

February 2021

Chronic Inguinal Pain — Cooperation beyond cantonal boarders

Chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP) is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge following inguinal hernia repair. For many years ZweiChirurgen are treating patients from all over Switzerland with this condition. Sometimes it is more convenient for the patients to get their surgery for CPIP close to their place of residence. This week PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann operated a patient with CPIP in the Cantonal Hospital Aarau with the referring colleague Dr. Alexander Gräfitsch, senior physician surgery.

link to Cantonal Hospital Aarau

January 2021

ZweiChirurgen Annual Report 2020

Our Annual Report 2020 is available for download (german).

2020

November 2020

ZweiChirurgen celebrating 2-year anniversary

Exactly two years ago at the 5th November 2018 ZweiChirurgen started their practice and treated the first patients in the heart of Basel.

We would like to thank all patients, referring doctors and colleagues for their trustful collaboration.

October 2020

ZweiChirurgen with exciting publication

Together with colleagues from Germany and Austria PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen has investigated the trends in incisional hernia repair in the last decade using data from the European Herniamed registry. The result was surprising but also expected: the new minimally invasive techniques such as MILOS are on the rise. In contrast to the conventional laparoscopic techniques, the implanted mesh to support the abdominal wall is moved from inside the abdominal cavity to an extraperitoneal layer behind the abdominal wall muscles to avoid contact with the viscera. Therefore, the MILOS repair is the standard for the repair of ventral hernias at ZweiChirurgen.

link to the article

September 2020

ZweiChirurgen with important publication

Together with colleagues from all over the world Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff from ZweiChirurgen has published a very important work in the highly ranked medical journal «BMJ». Analyzing more than 2500 operations the researcher team developed a classification of intraoperative complications, called IntraClass. Based on this new classification system intraoperative complications can be assessed more easily, and subsequent postoperative management of surgical patients can be improved to enhance patient safety. Results of the study and the evaluated classification were also convincing to the Swiss Academy of Quality in Medicine (SAQM), which awarded this work with the «Innovation Quality Price» 2020 in the category patient safety.

Read the article (pdf)
Article on BMJ (pdf)
The Certificate (pdf)

August 2020

The Team grows

We warmly welcome Ms. Melanie Steiger as our new practice assistant to the team of ZweiChirurgen.

July 2020

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff from ZweiChirurgen have again published an important article in a renown surgical journal

In the publication risk factors contributing to the complications and the outcomes of recurrent incisional hernia surgery were analyzed. This helps surgeons worldwide to better adjust the individual risk of patients undergoing such surgery.

link to the publication

June 2020

The fastest man of Switzerland successfully operated by ZweiChirurgen

The Swiss sprint star and fastest man Alex Wilson, record holder over 100m and 200 sprint and 3rd at the European Championship 2018 in the 200m sprint was successfully operated last week by Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen.

Now, Alex can fully concentrate on the preparations for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. ZweiChirurgen kepp their fingers crossed for the upcoming races.

April 2020

ZweiChirurgen start normal business at 27th April 2020

According to the federal statements by the BAG we can start normal practice mode at the 27th April 2020 during the ongoing Corona-Pandemic. Therewith, you cannot only contact us, if you suffer from an emergency or urgent problem, but also – as usually – if you have other issues.

Of course we will continue to obey the strong hygienic measures for all our patients in our practice. As long as the Corona-Pandemic is still affecting Switzerland, we would like to ask you keep your appointment unchaperoned. Please get in touch with us to make an appointment or us our convenient online booking tool via our website.

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ZweiChirurgen published a new scientific journal article

Together with experts from Germany and Austria PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff published an article in the renown surgical journal «Hernia» dealing with risk factors during surgical repair of incisional hernias. Results of this work contribute to the important consenting process ahead of such a surgery, addressing individual patients’ risk factors.

Read the article

March 2020

ZweiChirurgen at the annual surgical Tripartite Meeting

Together with other national and international experts Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff was invited to the annual Tripartite meeting for minimally-invasive surgery in Geneva. Acting as a speaker and moderator, Prof. Kirchhoff updated the participants in minimally-invasive hernia surgery.

Tripartite Meeting

February 2020

ZweiChirurgen at PhysioSwiss

Diastasis of recti is defined as the separation of the rectus muscles in the midline of the abdomen, which often appears after pregnancies. Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen have given a lecture at the PhysioSwiss education program to update the present physiotherapists about the latest treatment options for this disease.

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January 2020

Competency and Quality crossing cantonal boarders

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann from ZweiChirurgen and his Ticino colleague Dr. Andrea Donadini from Swiss Surgical Practice (Lugano) have successfully operated a joint patient in Lugano.

Swiss Hernia Society (SAHC) official chapter of the European Hernia Society (EHS)

Thanks to the close and collaborative work of PD Dr. Hoffmann, Prof. Dr. Kirchhoff and other members of the SAHC faculty, an important step for the Swiss hernia surgery has been made: The SAHC has officially been accepted as a national chapter of the European Hernia Society (EHS). From now on, the collaboration with other European working groups regarding e.g. teaching and quality control in hernia surgery can be intensified. Also, the SAHC has now active influence in the EHS processes and decisions.

Schweizer Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hernien-Chirurgie (SAHC)
Europäischen Herniengesellschaft (EHS)

2019

December 2019

Important publication from ZweiChirurgen

In a new study PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Prof. Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff were able to show, that female sex is a risk factor for development of chronic pain after incisional hernia repair. The result could be published in the high-impact surgical journal «Hernia».

Read the article

November 2019

ZweiChirurgen at DACH Hernia Symposium at Leipzig

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann was invited to talk about the challenging treatment of complex abdominal wall hernias at the three-country hernia symposium (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at Leipzig.

ZweiChirurgen giving a talk at the annual Swiss Midwife Meeting

At the annual meeting of Swiss midwifes PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Prof. Philipp Kirchhoff were invited to give a talk about abdominal wall diseases during and after pregnancy. The focus was on abdominal wall weaknesses (such as diastasic reit) and hernias (e.g. umbilical hernia), which are very frequent among woman after giving birth. Here, a close and trustful cooperation between midwifes, physiotherapists and hernia surgeons is the key to a successful interdisciplinary treatment.

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Dr Kirchhoff was awarded the title of Professor

Prof Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff was appointed by the medical faculty Basel as a Associate Professor last week.

October 2019

ZweiChirurgen with successful «3rd Swiss Hernia Days»

In 2019 it is the 3rd time that PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann could successfully organize the „3rd Swiss Hernia Days“ as congress presidents. Experts and participants from all over the world found their way to the Congress Center Basel at the 24th – 25th October 2019 to learn more about the innovations and current developments in hernia surgery.

Swiss Hernia Days website

ZweiChirurgen at the renown IRCAD institute in Strasbourg

Together with other experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann has led the masterclass workshop in «complex abdominal hernia repair» at the renown IRCAD institute in Strasbourg.

IRCAD 2019 Strasbourg, France

ZweiChirurgen invited as experts to the 15th Asian Pacific Hernia Society Meeting in Indonesia

PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann and PD Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff were invited as speakers and faculty members to the 15th APHS meeting in Bali with other hernia experts from all over the world.

APHS 2019 Bali, Indonesia

September 2019

ZweiChirurgen at the ESCP 2019 in Vienna

At the European Congress for Colorectal Surgery in Vienna, Dr. Kirchhoff teaches young surgical residents on the topic of parastomal hernia prevention.

ESCP 2019 Wien

Important publication from ZweiChirurgen regarding «Sportsman groin»

A „sportsman groin“ is defined as a painful groin during or after sport, caused by an instability of the inguinal channel. This disease is very frequent amongst soccer players. Diagnosis is often difficult an must be separated from diseases of the hip and muscles. PD Dr. med.
Henry Hoffmann has now successfully published an important diagnostic algorithm for „sportsman groin“ with other co-authors from Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

link to the publication

ZweiChirurgen at the 41st Annual Congress of the European Hernia Society (EHS) in Hamburg (Germany)

PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann successfully participated as part of the faculty as speakers and chairmen at the current EHS congress.

Special honor: die recent publication from ZweiChirurgen in the high-impact surgical journal «Annals of Surgery» regarding «Small inguinal hernia as risk factor for chronic postoperativ pain (CPIP)» was rates among the five most influencing and important hernia publications this year by the international faculty.

EHS 2019 Hamburg
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Philipp Kirchhoff at TaTME Congress 2019 in St. Gallen

PD Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff presented the latest evidence for prophylactic mesh augmentation at the Tatme Course in St. Gallen.

TaTME Congress 2019

August 2019

Swiss Hernia Days approaching

ZweiChirurgen are preparing the annual Swiss hernia congress, the Swiss Hernia Days. The Swiss Hernia Days were founded in 2017 by ZweiChirurgen. Again, PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann were able to invite an extraordinary national and international faculty to Basel.

The 3rd Swiss Hernia Days will take place at the 24.10.-25.10.2019 in the Congress Center Basel.

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June 2019

ZweiChirurgen have visitors from Sweden

Surgeons from Sweden attended a workshop with two surgeons to learn about modern fixation techniques for hernia meshes.

ZweiChirurgen with important publication

Together with co-authors from all over the world, PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff were able to publish the new guidelines of the International Endohernia Society (IEHS) for the treatment of hernias.

ZweiChirurgen at the “Meet the Experts” at the MedArt Basel

PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann updated family doctors and physicians about hernias and proctological diseases.

MedArt Basel 2019

ZweiChirurgen elected in editorial board

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann officially elected in the editorial board of the „International Journal of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery“ at the Nanjing Hernia Summit 2019.

Hernia Surgery Journal

May 2019

ZweiChirurgen at the annual Meeting of the German Hernia Society (DHG) in Düsseldorf

PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann was invited to chair sessions at the annual DHG congress. This year the challenges of the treatment of large complex hernias were discusses with more then 400 participants.

link to DHG (german)

ZweiChirurgen at the Annual Congress of the Swiss Surgical Society (SSC)

PD Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff and PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann giving talks on current hot-topics in hernia surgery: chronic groin pain and «sportsman groin»

106. Annual Congress of the Swiss Surgical Society (SSC)

ZweiChirurgen at the Hernia Experte meeting in China

PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann and PD Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff were invited as speakers and participated at the “Nanjing Hernia Summit“ in China together with other hernia experts from all over the world.

ZweiChirurgen found «Network Sportsmen groin»

Pain in the groin during and after sports is a very common problem and affects both recreational athletes and professional athletes. However, diagnosis and treatment are often complex and require good interdisciplinary clarification and therapy. With the newly founded “Network Sportsmen groin” we now work closely together with orthopaedists, sports physicians and physiotherapists to treat the sportsmen’s bar efficiently and optimally.

April 2019

36th International Davoscourse for gastrointestinal surgery

Minimally-invasive ventral hernia repair
Treatment options for open abdomen

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ZweiChirurgen at the renown «Davoscourse»

During the international „Davoscourse“ for gastrointestinal surgery in Davos (Switzerland) PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and other experts have trained more than 250 young surgeons from all over Europa in Hernia surgery.

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ZweiChirurgen at the 6th Salzburg Hernia Days

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann is talking about «What is a complex hernia» at the Salzburg Hernia Days. Also, the collaboration with the Austrian hernia surgeons was intensified.

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March 2019

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann again leading „Masterclass Couse in Hernia Surgery“.

With other experts PD Dr. Hoffmann has lead the two-day „hands-on“ workshop at the renowned IRCAD institute in Strasbourg (France). The topic was „Surgery of ventral hernias: from simple to complex“

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ZweiChirurgen again leading workshop for minimally-invasive inguinal hernia repair.

With interactive case discussions and presentations young Swiss surgical residents were updated with the newest surgical techniques.

February 2019

IRCAD Masterclass course in hernia surgery

New exztraperitoneal hernia techniques.

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PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff

was invited to an expert meeting to assess a new mesh implant at the Comparative Medicine and Bioimage Centre of Catalonia (CMIB)

ZweiChirurgen are awarded the «Quality Assured Hernia Surgery» seal for their work in the field of hernia surgery.

The seal of approval of the Deutschen Herniengesellschaft is awarded to hernia centers that perform hernia surgery according to evidence-based scientific standards and participate in an international quality assurance program for all hernia surgery.

January 2019

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann talks about chronic pain after inguinal hernia repair at the 4th HERNIAMED collaborative meeting in Berlin.

Do small inguinal hernias cause more chronic pain after surgery?
Is the plastic mesh a risk factor for chronic inguinal pain after inguinal hernias?

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TwoSurgeons a reference centre in Switzerland that offers laser therapy of the coccyx fistula (Pilonidal Disease)

This therapy (also called PiLaT or SiLaT) can be carried out in our office and shows very promising results.

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2018

December 2018

PD Dr. Hoffmann and PD Dr. Kirchhoff on the SAHC Board of Directors

Together with other Swiss hernia experts, the ZWEICHIRURGEN met in Lucerne for the first board meeting of the newly founded SAHC (Swiss Association of Hernia Surgeons).

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November 2018

PD Dr. Hoffmann and PD Dr. Kirchhoff on the SAHC Board of Directors

Together with other Swiss hernia experts, the ZWEICHIRURGEN met in Lucerne for the first board meeting of the newly founded SAHC (Swiss Association of Hernia Surgeons).

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October 2018

Dr. Kirchhoff is a member of the European Hernia Working Group attends this year’s meeting in Nice, France.

At the European Congress for Colorectal Surgery, Dr. Kirchhoff teaches young surgical residents on the topic of artificial anus construction.

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PD Dr. Hoffmann is invited to the Salzburg Hernia Days

as a speaker on the topic of evaluation of the new extraperitoneal hernia techniques.

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PD Dr. Hoffmann leads the masterclass course on new techniques

in Hernia repair at the renowned Ircad Institute in Strasbourg France.

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Drs. Hoffmann and Kirchhoff conducted the 2nd Swiss Hernia Days which has developed into the most important Hernia Congress in Switzerland.

It was for the second time a huge success. With 270 participants coming from all over the world, they gave them a top-notch educational experience with state of the art lectures and live operations.

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