Dear Patients,

Welcome to our practice directly on the Rhine River in the heart of Basel. We are a team of two surgeons, Prof 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 Prof Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff    PD Dr. med. Henry Hoffmann

August 2020

The Team grows

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

ZweiChirurgen warmly welcome Melanie Steiger
July 2020
ZweiChirurgen publication

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.

ZweiChirurgen haben Alex Wilson operiert
April 2020
ZweiChirurgen Praxisbetrieb

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.

Book an appointment

ZweiChirurgen zum Corona-Virus

Patient information during Corona crisis

Our practice will remain open during the Corona-pandemic. Please register our information regarding the processes in our practice during the next week.

  1. All processes in our practice following strict hygienic guidelines and the inputs of the federal health care authorities (BAG).
  2. All human beings are potentially contagious, although typical Corona symptoms such as fever, cough and snuffles may be absent. Therefore, we maintain the highest standards of hygienic measures in our practice by keeping distance when possible and avoiding unnecessary physical contact. We offer disinfection dispensers in our practice to keep clean hands. Since we have almost no waiting time, the risk of getting infected during you visit is very low.
  3. To further reduce the number of persons being in the practice, we will reduce the staff to its necessary minimum.
  4. Due to the federal health care authorities (BAG) act, we need to postpone all planned elective surgeries for the next couple of weeks. All hospitals will inform the affected patients. As soon as the normal business can be re-initiated, we will get in contact with you to plan you ne surgery appointment as early as possible. If your symptoms get worse during the surgery lock-down please inform us as soon as possible. Urgent or emergency surgeries can be performed at any time.
  5. Surgical emergencies: Many health care providers and family doctors in Basel have been informed, that we would like to help the emergency departments of the hospitals by treating some surgical emergency patients in our practice from 8am - 6pm. These are cases such as abscesses, superficial cutting or stabbing injuries and proctological acute problems (e.g. acute anal pain, swelling or bleeding).
Thank you very much again for your trust and understanding. Please don’t hesitate to call us, if you have further questions.

Surgical emergencies during Corona-crisis

Surgical emergencies make no break during the Corona pandemic. Beside washing your hands regularly, social distancing and avoiding larger gatherings is of utmost importance to slow down the virus disease. Therefore, we offer treatment of emergency cases in our practice, where you can avoid larger gathering with almost no waiting time. We also help to relieve the pressure from the hospitals emergency departments, which need all their power to fight the Corona pandemic.

After telephonic registration we offer treatment of following surgical emergencies:

  • Abscesses
  • Cutting or stabbing injuries of the skin
  • Proctological emergencies: acute anal pain, swelling and bleeding
Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Dear Patients,

The Corona visors has reached Switzerland. Although there is no reason to panic since most infected patients will not even develop symptoms, we take the infectious disease very serious. The best way to contain the spread of the virus is to consider very simple but efficient hygienic advises.

  1. Wash or disinfect your hand several times per da. We offer hand disinfection dispenser in our practice.
  2. Avoid shaking hands.
  3. Cough and sneeze in a handkerchief or your elbow. Sneezing into your hand must be avoided.
  4. Keep distance to larger gatherings.
  5. If you suffer from cough and fever, please stay at home. Contact us by phone or email to manage your appointments.
Please find more information about the Corona virus and thing you can do, to prevent infection at the homepage of the Swiss national health office BAG:

Thank you very much for your appreciation.

April 2020
ZweiChirurgen „Dealing with Hernia risk factors

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

ZweiChirurgen at Swiss-MIS
February 2020
ZweiChirurgen at PhysioSwiss

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.

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.

Dr. Henry Hoffmann and Dr. Andrea Donadini

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)

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

Prof Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff

PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff

Philipp Kirchhoff is a specialist in coloproctology and hernia surgery and teaches as a professor 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. Prof Dr. med. Philipp Kirchhoff was appointed by the medical faculty Basel as a Associate Professor in november 2019.

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.

Melanie Steiger, MPA

Melanie Steiger
Melanie Steiger was trained as a medical practice assistant in a urological practice in Lörrach (Germany). After finishing her training years she was responsible for organizing the practice and assistance in the OR. Since August 2020 she is part of the team ZweiChirurgen.

Ms. Steiger speaks German, Englisch and Russian.

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.


The seal «Quality assured Hernia Surgery» was awarded to us by the Deutsche Herniengesellschaft

Treatment spectrum of different types of hernia

Incisional 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)
Umbilical Hernia

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)
  • MILOS (Mini Less Open Surgery)

1. Normal situation
2. Diastasis recti (Straight abdominal muscles diverged)
3. Condition after surgery

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 (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
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

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

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 (gallstones - see picture -, 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)


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)


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In order to improve the results and quality of hernia surgery, the non-profit company Herniamed was founded in 2009. It is a network of hernia surgeons. The core of the Herniamed project is an Internet-based quality assurance databank. Here, clinics and established surgeons can enter data regarding their hernia operations free of charge. The data is recorded and according to scientific standards which helps in the analysis and eventual interpretation of results. On the basis of these results, the experts can then work out the best future therapy options for patients.

Swiss Hernia Days

The Swiss Hernia Days offer hernia experts an annual platform on the latest developments in hernia surgery. The congress takes place annually in Basel and is chaired by international hernia specialists. The event was initiated in 2017 by Dr. Jan Kukleta (Zurich), PD Dr. Henry Hoffmann and PD Dr. Philipp Kirchhoff (Basel).