Center for Hernia Surgery
& Proctology
St. Johanns-Vorstadt 44
CH-4056 Basel
How to get there
Tel. +41 61 7119000
Fax +41 61 7119005
Make an appointment online

Dear Patients,

Welcome to our practice directly on the Rhine River in the heart of Basel. We are a team of two surgeons, Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff and Dr. Henry Hoffmann, our concept is based on taking the time to hear your questions and problems and then creating a treatment strategy based on a comprehensive understanding of your individual needs. We will coordinate a seamless first consultation in our office and if necessary a hassle free short hospital stay in one of the top private clinics in Switzerland. In addition, we keep your general practitioner informed and updated on the outcome of your time under our care.

We offer our many years of surgical experience where we specialized on cutting edge treatments for all types of hernias and proctologic diseases. In addition we perform standard surgical procedures such as gallbladder and intestinal resections.

We aim to build a relationship of trust and a high quality surgical experience with you.

We look forward to your visit.
Unterschriften PD Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff    PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann


October 2019

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
link to the publication

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
ZweiChirurgen invite to te Swiss Hernia Days 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.

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 visitors from Sweden

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 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 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 beim Jahreskongress der Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (SGC)

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 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.

ZweiChirurgen — Sportsmen groin founding
April 2019
Gastrointestinal Surgery Workshop

36th International Davoscourse for gastrointestinal surgery
Minimally-invasive ventral hernia repair
Treatment options for open abdomen

ZweiChirurgen Davos

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.

Website Davoscourse

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“

Website IRCAD

Henry Hoffmann at IRCAD 2019
ZweiChirurgen workshop

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. Website

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)

Philipp Kirchhoff at CMCiB
qualitätsgesicherte Hernienchirurgie

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.

outpatient surgery

PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff gives an interview about «outpatient surgery» in Switzerland in the research magazine of radio station SRF 2.Tune in here

January 2019
16. Hernietage

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?

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann chairs a scientific session about «sportsman groin» at the 16th Hernientage in Berlin.

Diagnostics and treatment of the sportsman groin.

FomF, Forum für medizinische Fortbildung

PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff talks about new procedures in the treatment of abdominal wall hernias at the Surgery Update Refresher in Zurich. Details

Fistula laser technology

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.


December 2018
SAHC, Swiss Association for Hernia Surgery

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).

November 2018

The University of Basel invites PD Dr. Kirchhoff to give a lecture at the annual Senior Citizens lecture series.

More than 600 interested listeners learned about proctological diseases.
Senioren-Universität Basel
Zusammenfassung (PDF)

Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff, Senioren-Universität Basel
Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff, Cesar Roux Symposium

PD Dr. Kirchhoff was invited to speak on the topic of minimally invasive ventral hernia repair at the Cesar Roux Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Symposium César Roux

Drs. Hoffmann and Kirchhoff were for the second time awarded by the Leading Medical Guide for their expertise and achievements in the field of hernia surgery.

Leading Medicine Guide

ZweiChirurgen, Leading Medicine Guide a
October 2018
Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff, Symposium César Roux

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.
ESCP Nizza

PD Dr. Hoffmann is invited to the Salzburg Hernia Days
as a speaker on the topic of evaluation of the new extraperitoneal hernia techniques.
Salzburger Hernientage

Dr. Henry Hoffmann, Salzburger Hernientage
Dr. Henry Hoffmann, IRCAD

PD Dr. Hoffmann leads the masterclass course on new techniques
in Hernia repair at the renowned Ircad Institute in Strasbourg France.
IRCAD Institut

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.
Swiss Hernia Days

Dr. Henry Hoffmann, Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff, Swiss Hernia Days

Our Office

Located in the historical neighborhood of St.Johan Vorstadt, we offer you a charming yet modern experience mixing architectiural design in a former book printing press build in 1xxx. Although this space has been converted into a doctor’s office you will enjoy our attention to detail, giving you the feeling of privacy and warmth. Your consultation itself will be in the Dr.’s private offices with gorgeous views of the Rhine.

In addition to the reception and waiting room, the practice offers a meeting room and an intervention room. Here, we perform proctologic examinations and minor procedures under local anesthesia. We are equipped with state of the art instruments including a special Yag laser and a high-resolution examination camera. We are proud to say that our office and restroom are wheelchair accessible.

Doctors and employees

PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff

PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff

Philipp Kirchhoff is a specialist in coloproctology and hernia surgery and teaches as a lecturer at the University of Basel.

From 1996 to 2003 he studied medicine at the Universities of Freiburg, Vienna, Yale and Berlin. Philipp Kirchhoff began his surgical training at the University Hospital of Zurich and worked at various Swiss hospitals during his training.
After obtaining his specialist title in surgery, he completed two years of research at Yale University (New Haven, CT USA). There he developed a new drug for the treatment of heartburn as part of his project. After his return, he worked as a senior physician at the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery at the University Hospital of Basel since 2010 and habilitated in 2011 based on his research on "The Regulation of Gastric Acid Secretion".
Philipp Kirchhoff subsequently completed a clinical fellowship at Cambridge University (U.K.) with a focus on minimally invasive colon surgery and proctology. In this field, he subsequently obtained the European Coloproctological Specialization (ESBQ). Until 2018 Philipp Kirchhoff was the senior consultant at the Clinic for Visceral Surgery at the University Hospital of Basel where he was in charge of general and private patients, resident training and department management.

Philipp Kirchhoff is the inventor and developer of KORING®, a polyurethane ring device for the prevention of parastomal hernias. His surgical focus is on the surgical treatment of rectal diseases and hernia surgery. He is a reviewer of several international professional journals and a member of numerous surgical societies (SGC, SGVC, DHG and EHS) and international professional committees.

Together with his colleague PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann he is the founder of the Swiss Hernia Days. Philipp Kirchhoff speaks fluent German and English.

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann

PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann
Henry Hoffmann is a specialist in surgery, a doctor of medicine and a private lecturer at the University of Basel.

After completing his surgical specialist training in Switzerland, he worked from 2013 to 2018 as a senior physician in the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery at the University Hospital of Basel. In 2011/2012, PD Dr. Hoffmann completed a clinical fellowship in Great Britain, where he received further training in colorectal and hernia surgery. He then completed a year of research focusing on minimally invasive surgery and VR simulation in surgery.

During his many years as a consultant at the University Hospital of Basel, he successfully managed projects aimed at improving patient safety, speeding recovery from abdominal surgery and quality assurance in hernia surgery. He is particularly interested in quality-assured hernia surgery, and the treatment of sportsmen's groin and chronic groin pain.

PD Dr. Hoffmann holds a certificate of competence in "Laser Treatment of the Skin and Mucous Membrane" (Type I and II), co-founded the Swiss Hernia Days, is a reviewer of several internationally renowned specialist journals and a member of numerous surgical societies (SGC, SGVC, DGCH, DGAV, DHG and EHS). Henry Hoffmann is fluent in German, English and Italian.

Katja Ulrich, MPA

Katja Ulrich
Katja Ulrich completed her training as a medical practice assistant at the Woodtli School in Zurich.

She gained her first practical experience in a general family practice. She was then employed in a physiotherapy practice and finally worked in a large private orthopedic-surgical clinic in Basel. During this time she was responsible for, among other things, planning and coordinating the appointments of the numerous surgeons and surgeries.

Ms. Ulrich is fluent in German, French, English and Italian.

Memberships in professional societies

  • SAHC (Schweizerische Arbeitsgruppe für Hernienchirurgie)
  • VSAO (Verband Schweizer Assistenz – und Oberärzte)
  • FMH (Verbindung Schweizer Ärztinnen und Ärzte)
  • SGC (Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie)
  • ESCP (European Society of Coloproctology)
  • SGVC (Schweizer Gesellschaft für Viszeralchirurgie)
  • DHG (Deutsche Herniengesellschaft)
  • EHS (Europäische Hernien Gesellschaft)
  • DGAV (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirugie)
  • IEHS (International Endohernia Society)

Memberships in Advisory Boards

  • Parastomal Hernia Prevention Faculty, European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) (P. Kirchhoff)
  • International Endohernia Society (IEHS) (H. Hoffmann)
  • European Hernia Advisory Board (H. Hoffmann)

Reviewer for medical journals

  • Annals of Surgery
  • World Journal of Surgery
  • Journal of Surgical Innovation
  • Diseases of the colon and rectum
  • Surgical Endoscopy

Guidelines and consensus conferences

1. Minimally invasive surgical techniques in ventral hernia repair. Update of the International Endohernia Society (IEHS) Guidelines. Peking, China, 2017.

2. Preoperative adjunct interventions in ventral hernia repair. Update of the International Endohernia Society (IEHS) Guidelines. Peking, China, 2017.

3. Sportsman groin: Role of clinical examination and radiological imaging. Consensus Guideline Conference, German Hernia Society (DHG). Hamburg, 2017

Hernia Surgery

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall from which the contents of the abdomen protrude outwards from under the skin. Patients generally see a swelling and have discomfort or pain. Hernias are the most common surgical indication, and around 20,000 hernia operations are performed throughout Switzerland every year. The inguinal hernia is the most common, followed by hernia of the abdominal wall (e.g. umbilical hernias, scar hernias) flowed by rare causes such as flank hernia and diaphragmatic hernias.

At our centre for hernia surgery we offer you competent and tailor-made advice and diagnostics. Depending on the clinical picture and the individual requirements of our patients, we perform open (larger skin incision) and minimally invasive surgical techniques (keyhole surgery) in accordance with current scientific findings and guidelines. Our many years of surgical experience enable us to offer you a surgical technique tailored to your needs. We perform our operations at our exclusive partner, Hirslanden Klinik Birshof in Münchenstein. This highly regarded hospital is well connected to public transportation and located 10 minutes away from our office by car.

In addition, we have specialized in the treatment of sportsmen's groin, chronic groin pain after hernia operations and rectus diastasis. These diseases are complex and must be treated together with other specialists and therapists. Here we can rely on a network of experienced sports physicians, physiotherapists, radiologists and pain therapists.

Our patients are also individually cared for and treated by us after the operation. We remain available for you at all times. Within the framework of our "quality-assured hernia surgery", we also send out follow-up questionnaires after the operation in order to identify new problems early on and treat them professionally.

Treatment spectrum of different types of hernia

Inguinal Hernias

Open approaches
  • Operation without mesh (Shouldice)
  • Operation with mesh (Lichtenstein)
Minimally-invasive approaches
  • Operation in the preperitoneal space (TEP)
  • Operation with laparoscopy (TAPP)

Umbilical Hernias

Direct fascial closure in umbilical hernias (<1cm)

Open approaches
  • Retromuscular mesh reinforcement (Rives-Stoppa)
  • Preperitoneal umbilical mesh placement (PUMP operation)
Minimally-invasive approaches
  • Extraperitoneal mesh implantation using laparoscopy (TAPP, extended TEP)
  • MILOS operation (Minimal or Less Open Surgery)
  • SCOLA operation (Subcutaneous Onlay Laparoscopic Approach)

Incisional Hernias

Open approaches
  • Retromuscular mesh reinforcement (Rives-Stoppa)
  • Preperitoneal umbilical mesh placement (PUMP operation)
Minimally-invasive approaches
  • Extraperitoneal mesh implantation using laparoscopy (TAPP, extended TEP)
  • MILOS operation (Minimal or Less Open Surgery)

Large ventral hernias (horizontal hernia diameter (> 8cm)

  • Retromuscular mesh reinforcement (Rives-Stoppa)
  • Endoscopic anterior component separation (ECS) according to Joergensen
  • Open posterior component separation (Transversus abdominis release, TAR)
  • Preoperative infiltration in the lateral abdominal wall muscles

Treatment spectrum of other abdominal wall diseases

Diastasis recti (Deviation of the rectus muscles)

  • Physiotherapy
  • ELAR operation (endoscopic linea-alba reconstruction)
  • Plastic surgery (e.g. abdominoplasty)

Sportsman groin

  • Physiotherapy
  • Open approach: minimal-repair
  • Minimally-invasive approach (TAPP, TEP)

Chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP)

  • Interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment (Radiology, pain specialist, physiotherapy, hernia specialist)
  • Pain mapping
  • Infiltration of local anesthetics
  • Laparoscopic and open neurectomy


DProctology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the rectum. Common diseases of the rectum include hemorrhoids and anal fissures. In our center for proctology we offer you competent and comprehensive consultation, diagnostics and the complete therapy spectrum for all diseases of the rectum.

Consultations, examinations and minor procedures take place in our practice. For certain examinations (e.g. colon and gastroscopy) we work closely together with gastroenterologists and other specialists. Should an operation be necessary, we perform it at our exclusive clinic partner Hirslanden Klinik Birshof in Münchenstein.

Treatment spectrum of various proctological diseases

Sinus Pilonidalis
(Steissbeinfistel, Haarnest-Grübchen)

  • Minimalinvasive Techniken
    - Verödung mittels Lasersonde in lokaler Betäubung (PiLat/SiLaT Verfahren)
    - Sinusektomie (Pit Picking)
  • Ausschneiden und Primärverschluss (Bascom/Karidakys Technik)
  • Ausschneiden und Lappenplastik (Limberg-Flap, V-Y Plastik)
  • Akute Inzision bei Entzündung (Abszess)
Fistula laser technology


  • Conservative treatment
  • Rubber band ligation
  • Laser-coagulation of hemorrhoids (Operation after Ferguson or Milligan Morgan)
  • Surgical resection of hemorrhoids
  • Surgical stapler resection of hemorrhoids

Anal fissure

  • Conservative treatment
  • Surgical debridement of the fissure
  • Surgical resection of the fissure
  • Relaxation of the sphincter muscle using BTA

Anal fistulas

  • Sphincter-preserving Laser coagulation of the fistula tract
  • Sphincter-preserving fistula plug
  • Closure of the fistula with a ligation (LIFT operation)
  • Closure of the fistula with mucosa advancement flap (so called Mucosaflap)
  • Surgical excision if the fistula tract (fistulectomy)
  • Lay-open fistulectomy
  • Closure of internal fistula orifice using clips (OVESCO clips)
  • Closure of the fistula tract using paste

Sinus pilonidalis (sacral dermoid)

  • Minimally-invasive techniques
  • - Closure using Laser-obliteration (FiLac operation)
    - Sinusectomy (“pit picking”)
    - Phenol-Injection
  • Radical surgical excision and primary closure (Bascom / Karidakys operation)
  • Excision and flap techniques (Limberg-flap, V-Y-plastic)
  • Incision of pilonidal abscesses

Incision of pilonidal abscesses

  • Conservative treatment
  • Surgical incision

Perianal skin tags (mariscs)

  • Surgical excision

Condyloma (perianal warts)

  • Conservative treatment
  • Surgical techniques in local anesthetics - Cryotherapy - Laser coagulation
  • Surgical excision of larger warts

Diagnostics and follow-up of HPV-infection
(human papilloma virus)

  • Brush cytology
  • Annual examinations using high-resolution anoscopy (HRA)
  • HPV vaccinations

Perianal epithelium dysplasia

  • Local treatment
  • - creams
    - ointments
    - acetic acid
    - Cryoablation
  • Surgical resection of larger skin dysplasia

Anal carcinoma

  • Interdisciplinary diagnostics and treatment

Rectal prolapse

  • Conservative treatment (stool regulation)
  • Local excision of excessive mucosa
  • Transanal excision of excessive anal mucosa and rectum muscle gathering (Delorme operation)
  • Transanal complete resection of the anal prolapse (Altemeier operation)
  • Transanal stapler resection of the rectum (STARR operation)
  • Transabdominal minimally-invasive lift of the prolapse (D’Hoore operation)

Anal incontinence

  • Conservative treatment
    - Pelvic floor physiotherapy
    - Biofeedback training
    - Stool regulation
  • Surgical sphincter reconstruction
  • Minimally-invasive silicone implants
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA, Secca-operation)

Perianal pruritus (itchiness)

  • Consultation
  • Identification of pruritus source
  • Development of treatment strategies

Constipation and diarrhea

  • Consultation
  • Identification of constipation and diarrhea source
  • Development of treatment strategies

General Abdominal Surgery

In addition to hernia surgery and proctology, we also offer the treatment of various diseases of the abdominal organs. These include diseases of the gallbladder (gallstone, gallbladder inflammation, gallbladder colic) as well as diseases of the small and large intestine.


Excision of any skin pathologies
  • moles
  • lipomas
  • scars

Small intestine

  • Removal of parts of the small intestine in case of tumorous changes
  • Removal of adhesions
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy

Large intestine (colon)

Removal of parts of the colon in various diseases
  • diverticular disease
  • adenomas
  • polyps


Minimally invasive or open removal
  • gallstones
  • inflammation
  • adenomas


In our practice we treat patients of all insurance classes and health insurance companies.

Here you can make an appointment directly with the two surgeons, call us or write an e-mail to our practice.

If you are insured in the general practitioner model (HMO), you should have your general practitioner refer you to us.

In urgent cases, we will try to give you an appointment on the same day.

International Patients

We are warmly welcoming our international guests in our practice. We speak German, English, French and Italian. For your request please contact us via E-Mail.

As soon as we have booked your appointment, we are happy help with the organization of your stay in Basel during the diagnostic and treatment including transfers and hotel accomodation.

Patient Referral

You can refer your patients to us at any time by telephone, email or fax with the following information: first and last name, date of birth, contact details of the patient, diagnosis and insurance. This will help us to coordinate your appointments smoothly.

Contact us

St. Johanns-Vorstadt 44
CH-4056 Basel
Phone +41 61 7119000
Fax +41 61 7119005

Make an appointment
E-mail to the office
All insurance classes and consultation possible without GP referral (except insurance in the GP model)


1. Outcome of laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair in octogenarians: a registry-based, propensity score-matched comparison of 360 patients. Ralph F. Staerkle, Ilan Rosenblum, Ferdinand Köckerling, Daniela Adolf, Reinhard Bittner, Philipp Kirchhoff, Frank S. Lehmann, Henry Hoffmann, Philippe M. Glauser. Surg Endosc. 2018 Dec 10. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-06619-4. [Epub ahead of print]

2. Abdominal Decompression after Cardiac Surgery – Outcome of 42 Patients with Abdominal Compartment Syndrome. Ramser Michaela, Glauser Philippe, Glass Tracy, Weixler Benjamin, Lehmann Frank S, Hoffmann Henry, Kirchhoff Philipp. (Submitted Juni 2018)

3. Prevention of Parastomal Hernia. MacQueen IT, Kirchhoff P, Chen DC. Surg Technol Int. 2018 Sep 11;33.

4. Smaller inguinal hernias are independent risk factors for developing chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP). A registry-based multivariable analysis of 57’999 patients. Hoffmann H, Walther D, Bittner R, Köckerling F, Adolf D, Kirchhoff P. Ann Surg. 2018

5. Is antibiotic prophylaxis mandatory in laparoscopic incisional hernia repair? Data from the herniamed registry. Kirchhoff P, Hoffmann H, Köckerling F, Adolf D, Bittner R, Staerkle RF. Int J Surg. 2018 Sep 10;58:31-36

6. Thromboembolic prophylaxis in hernia surgery. Hoffmann H, Staerkle R, Kirchhoff P. Int J Abdom Wall Hernia Surg. 2018.

7. The association of surgical drains with surgical site infections - A prospective observational study. Mujagic E, Zeindler J, Coslovsky M, Hoffmann H, Soysal SD, Mechera R, von Strauss M, Delko T, Saxer F, Glaab R, Kraus R, Mueller A, Curti G, Gurke L, Jakob M, Marti WR, Weber WP. Am J Surg. 2018

8. High-resolution standardization reduces delay due to workflow disruptions in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. von Strauss und Torney M, Aghlmandi S, Zeindler J, Nowakowski D, Nebiker CA, Kettelhack C, Rosenthal R, Droeser RA, Soysal SD, Hoffmann H, Mechera R. Surg Endosc. 2018

9. The impact of stapling technique and surgeon specialism on anastomotic failure after right-sided colorectal resection: An intrnational multi-centre, prospective audit. 2015 European Society of Coloproctology Collaborating Group. Colorectal Dis. 2018 Jun 19.

10. Risk factors for unfavourable postoperative outcome in patients with Crohn's disease undergoing right hemicolectomy or ileocaecal resection An international audit by ESCP and S-ECCO. 2015 European Society of Coloproctology collaborating group. Colorectal Dis. 2017 Sep 15. doi: 10.1111/codi.13889.

11. Colon perfusion patterns during colorectal resection using visible light spectroscopy. Hoffmann H, Delko T, Kirchhoff P, Rosenthal R, Schäfer J, Kraljević M, Kettelhack C. World J Surg. 2017.

12. The timing of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis: a randomised controlled trial. Weber WP, Mujagic E, Zwahlen M, Bundi M, Hoffmann H, et al. Lancet Infect Dis. 2017;17(6):605–14.

13. Surgical Treatment of uncomplicated diverticulitis in Switzerland: Comparison of population-based data over two time periods. von Strauss und Torney M, Thommen S, Dell-Kuster S, Hoffmann H, Rosenthal R, Young J, Kettelhack C. Colorectal Dis 2017.

14. The relationship between method of anastomosis and anastomotic failure after right hemicolectomy and ileo-caecal resection: an international snapshot audit. 2015 European Society of Coloproctology collaborating group. Colorectal Dis. 2017 Mar 6.

15. Intraoperative patterns of gastric microperfusion during laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Delko T, Hoffmann H, Kraljevic M, Rothwell, Droeser R, Oertli D, Zingg U. Obes Surg. 2016.

16. Comparison of Canadian and Swiss Surgical Training curricula: Moving on towards competency-based surgical education. HoffmannH, Oertli D, Dell-Kuster S, Rosenthal R, Reznick R, MacDonald H. J Surg Educ. 2017; 74(1):37-46

17. A new stomaplasty ring (Koring™) to prevent parastomal hernia: an observational multicenter Swiss study. Guarnero V, Hoffmann H, Hetzer F, Oertli D, Turina M, Zingg U, Demartines N, Ris F, Hahnloser D. Tech Coloproctol. 2016 May;20(5):293-7.

18. Implementation of Patient-Centered Education for Chronic-Disease Management in Uganda: An Effectiveness Study. Siddharthan, Trishul; Rabin, Tracy; Canavan, Maureen, E; Nassali, Faith; Kirchhoff, Philipp; Kalyesubula, Robert; Coca, Steven; Rastegar, Asghar; Knauf, Felix (2016): Ln PLoS One, 11,e0166411

19. Microcomplications in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Impact on Duration of Surgery and Costs. Marco von Strauss und Torney, Salome Dell-Kuster, H. Hoffmann, Urs von Holzen, Daniel Oertli, Rachel Rosenthal. Surg Endosc. 2016; 30(6):2512-22.

20. How to report multiple outcome metrics in virtual reality simulation. Rosenthal R, von Websky MW, Hoffmann H, Vitz M, Hahnloser D, Bucher HC, Schäfer. J Eur Surg. 2015;47:202-5.

21. Definition and Classification of Intraoperative Complications (CLASSIC): Delphi Study and Pilot Evaluation. Rosenthal R, Hoffmann H, Clavien PA, Bucher HC, Dell-Kuster S. World J Surg. 2015 Jul;39(7):1663-71

22. Reporting of adverse events in surgical trials: critical appraisal of current practice. Rosenthal R, Hoffmann H, Dwan K, Clavien PA, Bucher HC. World J Surg. 2015;39(1):80-7.

23. A Promising New Device for the Prevention of Parastomal Hernia. Hoffmann H, Oertli D, Soysal S, Zingg U, Hahnloser D, Kirchhoff P. (Surg Innov, 2014)

24. Effect of different warm-up strategies on simulated laparoscopy performance: a randomized controlled trial. Enrico Brönnimann, Henry Hoffmann, Juliane Schäfer, Dieter Hahnloser, Rachel Rosenthal. J Surg Educ. 2015;72(1):96-103.

25. Incarcerated umbilical hernia of unexpected origin: a primitive neuroectodermal tumor with early recurrence. Droeser, Raoul A; Rothschild, Sacha I; Tornillo,Luigi; Jundt, Gernot; Kettelhack, Christoph; Oertli, Daniel; Kirchhoff, Philipp ln: J Clin Oncol, 32,e3-6

26. Impact of Testees’ Stereopsis and Near Visual Acuity on Laparoscopic Virtual Reality Performance. Henry Hoffmann, Rebecca Ruiz-Schirinzi, David Goldblum, Salome Dell-Kuster, Daniel Oertli, Dieter Hahnloser, Rachel Rosenthal. Surg Today. 2014

27. Evaluating the optimal timing of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Edin Mujagic, Tibor Zwimpfer, Walter R Marti, Marcel Zwahlen, Henry Hoffmann, et al. Trials. 2014 May 24;15(1):188

28. When a colonoscopy becomes a duodenoscopy: a palliativetreatment of a malignant sigmoidoduodenal fistula. Huber, Xaver; Droeser, Raoul A; Bernsmeier, Christine; Kirchhoff, Philipp (2013) BMJ Case Rep. 2013 May 24;2013

29. Medical students’ career expectations and the use of virtual reality as a tool to increase their interest in surgery. Henry Hoffmann, Salome Dell-Kuster, Rachel Rosenthal. Swiss Med Wkly 2013.

30. Impact of tutorial assistance in laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for acute recurrent diverticulitis. Henry Hoffmann, Salome Dell-Kuster, Jörg Genstorfer, Oleg Heizmann, Christoph Kettelhack, Igor Langer, Daniel Oertli, Rachel Rosenthal. Surg Today. 2013 Nov 27.

31. Prevention and control of surgical site infections: review of the Basel Cohort Study. Till Junker, Edin Mujagic, Henry Hoffmann, Rachel Rosenthal, Heidi Misteli, Marcel Zwahlen, Daniel Oertli, Sarah Tschudin-Sutter, Andreas F. Widmer, Walter R. Marti, Walter P. Weber. Swiss Med Wkly 2012;142.

32. Fast Track Surgery – Conditions and Challenges in Postsurgical Treatment: A Review of Elements of Translational Research in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery. Hoffmann H, Kettelhack C. Eur Surg Res 2012;49:24-34.

33. Personality traits and virtual reality performance. Rosenthal R, Schäfer J, Hoffmann H, Vitz M, Oertli D, Hahnloser D. Surg Endosc. 2012; 13 (1):220-230.

34. Surgical treatment of acute recurrent diverticulitis: early elective or late elective surgery. An Analysis of 237 Patients. Hoffmann H, Dell-Kuster S, Genstorfer J, Kettelhack C, Langer I, Rosenthal R, Oertli D, Heizmann O. World J Surg. 2012 Apr;36(4):898-907.

35. Predictive risk factors for intra- and postoperative complications in 526 laparoscopic sigmoid resections due to recurrent diverticulitis: a multivariate analysis. Kirchhoff, Philipp; Matz, Daniel; Dincler, Selim; Buchmann, Peter ln: World J Surg 2011, 35,677-83

36. Small bowel obstruction caused by an incarcerated hernia after iliac crest bone harvest. d'Hondt, Steven; Soysal, Savas; Kirchhoff,Philipp; Oertli,Daniel; Heizmann, Oleg (2011): ln: ISRN surgery, 2011,836568

37. Zinc salts provide a novel, prolonged and rapid inhibition of gastric acid secretion. Kirchhoff,Philipp, Socrates, Thenral; Sidani, Shafik; Duffy, Andrew; Breidthardt, Tobias; Grob, Christian; Viehl, Carsten T; Beglinger, Christoph; Oertli, Daniel; Geibel, John P ln: Am J Gastroenterol (2011) 106,62-70

38. Complications in colorectal surgery: risk factors and preventive strategies. Kirchhoff P, Hahnloser D, Clavien PA Patient Saf Surg. 2010 Mar 25;4(1):5.

39. Perioperative management of Glanzmann's syndrome: how we did it! Depner C, Schmid R, Kirchhoff P, Oertli D. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2010 Apr;21(3):283-4.

40. AMP-activated protein kinase: a physiological off switch for murine gastric acid secretion.Sidani S, Kopic S, Socrates T, Kirchhoff P, Föller M, Murek M, Capasso A, Geibel JP. Pflugers Arch. 2009 Nov;459(1):39-46.

41. Abdominal wall rupture following a fit of coughing Sonja Feichter, Philipp Kirchhoff, Daniel Oertli, Oleg Heizmann Injury, Volume 40, Issue 11, November 2009, Pages 253-254

42. Image of the month. Epiploic appendagitis. Kirchhoff P, Viehl CT, Heizmann O, Oertli D, Potthast S. Arch Surg. 2009 Jun;144(6):588.

43. Consecutive cecum perforation due to incarcerated diaphragmatic hernia after liver surgery.Matz D, Kirchhoff P, Kocher TM, Heizmann O. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2009 Nov;24(11):1353-4.

44. The correlation of nutrition risk index, nutrition risk score, and bioimpedance analysis with post-operative complications in patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgery.Schiesser M, Kirchhoff P, Müller MK, Schäfer M, Clavien PA.Surgery. 2009 May;145(5):519-26

45. A multivariate analysis of potential risk factors for intra- and postoperative complications in 1316 elective laparoscopic colorectal procedures. Kirchhoff P, Dincler S, Buchmann P. Ann Surg. 2008 Aug;248(2):259-65.

46. Assessment of a novel screening score for nutritional risk in predicting complications in gastrointestinal surgery. Schiesser M, Müller S, Kirchhoff P, Breitenstein S, Schäfer M, Clavien PA. Clin Nutr. 2008 Aug;27(4):565-70.

47. PI3 kinase dependent stimulation of gastric acid secretion. Lang PA, Schniep R, Kirchhoff P, Socrates T, Sidani SM, Geibel JP. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2007;20(5):527-34.

48. Fatal emphysematous cholecystitis caused by Clostridium perfringens Kirchhoff P, Müller V, Petrowsky H, Clavien PA. Surgery. 2007 Mar;141 (3):411-2.

49. SLC26A7 can function as a chloride loading mechanism in parietal cells. Kosiek O, Busque SM, Foeller M, Shcheynikov N, Kirchhoff P, Bleich M, Muallem S, Geibel JP. Pflugers Arch. 2007 Apr 3;

50. Stimulatory pathways of the Calcium-sensing Receptor on acid secretion in freshly isolated human gastric glands. Remy C, Kirchhoff P, Hafner P, Busque SM, Müller MK, Geibel JP, Wagner CA. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2007;19(1-4):33-42

51. {Delta} F508 mutation results in impaired gastric Acid secretion Sidani SM., Kirchhoff P, Socrates T, Ferreira E, Caputo C, Roberts KE, Bell RL, Egan ME Geibel JPJ Biol Chem. 2007 Mar 2;282(9):6068-74.

52. Characteristics of the K+-competitive H+/K+-ATPase Inhibitor AZD0865 in isolated rat gastric glands Kirchhoff P, Andersson K, Socrates T, Sidani SM, Geibel JPAm J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2006 Jun 22

53. The KCNE2 potassium channel ancillary subunit is essential for gastric acid secretion. Roepke TK, Anantharam A, Kirchhoff P, Busque SM, Young JB, Geibel JP, Lerner DJ, Abbott GW. J Biol Chem. 2006 Aug 18;281(33):23740-7

54. Role of Calcium and other Trace Elements in the Gastrointestinal Physiology. Kirchhoff P, Geibel JP World J Gastroenterol. 2006 May 28;12(20):3229-36

55. An amino acid transporter involved in gastric acid secretion. Kirchhoff P, Dave MH, Remy C, Kosiek O, Busque S, Dufner M, Geibel JP, Verrey F, Wagner CA. Pflugers Arch.Mar;451(6):738-48, 2006

56. The Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaSR) acts as a modulator of gastric acid secretion in freshly isolated human gastric glands. Dufner MM, Kirchhoff P, Remy C, Hafner P, Muller MK, Cheng SX, Tang LQ, Hebert SC, Geibel JP, Wagner CA Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 289(6):G1084-90, 2005

57. Demonstration of a functional apical sodium Hydrogen exchanger in isolated rat gastric glands. Kirchhoff P, Wagner CA, Gaetzschmann F, Radebold K, Geibel JP. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 285 (6): G 1242-8, 2003

58. The stomach divalent ion-sensing receptor scar is a modulator of gastric acid secretion. Geibel JP, Wagner CA, Caroppo R, Quereshi I, Gloeckner J, Manuelidis L, Kirchhoff P, Radebold KJ. Biol Chem 276 (43); 39549-52, 2001.

59. Does coagulopathy, anticoagulant or antithrombotic therapy matter in incisional hernia repair? Data from the Herniamed Registry. Ralph F. Staerkle, Henry Hoffmann, Ferdinand Köckerling, Daniela Adolf, Reinhard Bittner, Philipp Kirchhoff. Surg Endosc. 2018.

60. Adherence to the WHO surgical safety checklist: an observational study in a Swiss academic center. René Schwendimann, Catherine Blatter, Marc Lüthy, Giulia Mohr, Thierry Girard, Siegfried Batzer, Erica Davis and Henry Hoffmann. Patient Safety in Surgery. 2019

61. Update of Guidelines for laparoscopic treatment of ventral and incisional abdominal wall hernias (International Endohernia Society (IEHS)-Part A.
Bittner R,, Bain K, Bansal VK, Berrevoet F, Bingener-Casey J, Chen D, Chen J, Chowbey P, Dietz UA, de Beaux A, Ferzli G, Fortelny R, Hoffmann H, Iskander M, Ji Z, Jorgensen LN, Khullar R, Kirchhoff P, Köckerling F, Kukleta J, LeBlanc K, Li J, Lomanto D, Mayer F, Meytes V, Misra M, Morales-Conde S, Niebuhr H, Radvinsky D, Ramshaw B, Ranev D, Reinpold W, Sharma A, Schrittwieser R, Stechemesser B, Sutedja B, Tang J, Warren J, Weyhe D, Wiegering A, Woeste G, Yao Q. Surg Endosc 2019.

62. Update of Guidelines for laparoscopic treatment of ventral and incisional abdominal wall hernias (International Endohernia Society (IEHS)-Part B.
Bittner R,, Bain K, Bansal VK, Berrevoet F, Bingener-Casey J, Chen D, Chen J, Chowbey P, Dietz UA, de Beaux A, Ferzli G, Fortelny R, Hoffmann H, Iskander M, Ji Z, Jorgensen LN, Khullar R, Kirchhoff P, Köckerling F, Kukleta J, LeBlanc K, Li J, Lomanto D, Mayer F, Meytes V, Misra M, Morales-Conde S, Niebuhr H, Radvinsky D, Ramshaw B, Ranev D, Reinpold W, Sharma A, Schrittwieser R, Stechemesser B, Sutedja B, Tang J, Warren J, Weyhe D, Wiegering A, Woeste G, Yao Q. Surg Endosc 2019.

Book chapters

1. Philipp Kirchhoff, Tarik Delko, Facharztprüfung Chirurgie (2. Auflage), Gutartige Erkrankungen der Appendix und des Kolons, EMH Scripts

2. Philipp Kirchhoff, Urs Zingg, Operatives Risiko, Facharztprüfung Chirurgie (2. Auflage), EMH Scripts

3. Savas Soysal, Tarik Delko, Philipp Kirchhoff, Gutartige Erkrankungen der Appendix und des Kolons, Facharztprüfung Chirurgie (3. Auflage), EMH Scripts, (HRSG.: Daniel Oertli, Philipp Kirchhoff)

4. P. Kirchhoff und H. Hoffmann. Stoppa-Technik. In: U. Dietz, G. Beldi, R. Fortelny, A. Wiegering (Eds.): Offene Hernienchirurgie, Springer (2018)


5. Hoffmann H. und Kirchhoff P. Primäre Inguinalhernien-Chirurgie. In: Facharztprüfung Chirurgie, 3. Auflage. EMH Scripts (2018).

6. Weixler B, Hoffmann H. Darmischämie. In: Facharztwissen Viszeral- und Allgemeinchirurgie, Springer (2017)

7. Philipp Kirchhoff, Henry Hoffmann, Operatives Risiko, Facharztprüfung Chirurgie (3. Auflage), EMH Scripts, 2018, (HRSG.: Daniel Oertli, Philipp Kirchhoff)

8. Chronische Bauchschmerzen, Kapitel: Intraabdominelle Verwachsungen
Philipp Kirchhoff, Markus von Flüe, Herausgeber: Prof. Buchmann, Prof. Degen


Facharztbuch Facharztprüfung Chirurgie, Dritte Auflage 2018 EMH Scripts, (HRSG.: Daniel Oertli, Philipp Kirchhoff)


(selection 2018)

1. Übersicht und Wertung neuer extraperitonealer Netzverfahren. Salzburger Hernientage. 2018

2. Erfahrungen mit dem ERAS Programm in der kolorektalen Chirurgie. Kongress Viszeralmedizin. München. 2018

3. Is it time to challenge the dogma of permanent meshes in hernia repair. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie. Berlin. 2018

4. Is surgical antibiotic prophylaxes mandatory in laparoscopic incisional hernia repair? Data from the Herniamed Registry. Jahreskongress der Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (SGC). Basel. 2018

5. Endoscopic component separation (ECS) enabling tension-free closure of large ventral hernias. Jahreskongress der Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (SGC). Basel. 2018

6. Treatment of diastasis recti. Austrian Hernia Society Meeting. Zürs. 2018.

7. Treatment if open abdomen. International Gastrointestinal Surgery Course. Davos. 2018

8. Was beeinflusst Blutungskomplikationen in der Narbenhernien-Chirurgie? Hernientage. Köln. 2018.

9. Adhesions and chronic pain after ventral hernia repair. Hernientage. Köln. 2018.

10. Minimally-invasive techniques in ventral hernia repair. International Gastrointestinal Surgery Course. Davos. 2018

11. Moderation Championsleague, Swiss Hernia Days 09/2018, Basel

12. Die letzten Zentimeter – Proktologie heute, Senioren Uni, Basel, 11/2018

13. Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, Symposium Cesar Roux, Lausanne 11/2018

14. Prevention of parastomal hernias, Workshop, ESCP, Nizza Sept. 2018

15. Pneumoscrotum as long-term complication after Colorectal Surgery A Case Report (Jahreskongress Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie 2018, Basel)

16. Inguinal and femoral hernia repair in octogenarians and nonagenarians – A population based analysis (Jahreskongress Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie 2018, Basel)

17. Influence of the introduction of caseload requirements on indication for surgery – a population based analysis for rectal cancer surgery in Switzerland (Jahreskongress Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie 2018, Basel)

18. Video: Endoscopic component separation (ECS) enabling tensions-free closure of large vental hernia (Jahreskongress Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie 2018, Basel)

19. Chemical component separation with BTA pre-treatment to reconstruct large ventral hernias – the new standard? (Jahreskongress Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie 2018, Basel

20. Video: eTEP for ventral hernia repair Ph. Kirchhoff, H. Hoffmann (Jahreskongress Schweizer Gesellschaft für Chirurgie 2018, Basel)

21. Neue Techniken zur Versorgung der ventralen Narbenhernie, Bard Workshop, Basel, 2018

22. Proktologie für den Hausarzt, Medart 2018 Basel

23. Was der Hausarzt über Hernien wissen sollte, Medart 2018, Basel

24. Proktologieupdate, Notfallstation, Basel Mai 2018

25. Antibiotikaprophylaxe in der laparoskopischen Hernienchirurgie, Herniamed Treffen 31. Januar 2018, Kölner Hernientage

26. Neue Techniken in der Ventralen Hernienchiurgie, 31. Januar 2018, Kölner Hernientage

27. BBraun Workshop, Mesh Fixation and Hernia update with Live Surgery, February, 2018

28. Life Surgery of inguinal Hernia, Jan. 2018, Basel

29. Update Hernia Repair, Workshop Unispital Basel, Jan. 2018


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