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08:00 - 08:45 Conference registration/ badge pick-up
08:45 - 09:15 I Opening Ceremony
08:45 - 09:00 Chairmen introduction
J.F. Lange, the Netherlands & R.K.J. Simmermacher, the Netherlands
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome also on behalf of Erasmus University Medical Center
J. Hendriks, chair of department of surgery
09:05 - 09:15 EHS President introduction
V. Schumpelick, Germany
09:15 - 11:00 ll Plenary session: Teaching Hernia Surgery
Moderators: J.F. Lange, the Netherlands & G. Brochu, Canada
09:15 - 09:25 The History of Teaching Surgery
T.J. ten Cate, the Netherlands
09:25 - 09:35 How to teach open (groin) hernia repair
D. Sanders, United Kingdom
09:35 - 09:45 How to teach (a surgical resident) the TEPP?
I. Burgmans, the Netherlands
09:45 - 09:55 Skills lab training options for endoscopic inguinal hernia surgery
G.-J. Kleinrensink, the Netherlands
09:55 - 10:05 Endoscopic Neurectomy: How I learned it and what you need to learn it
D.C.Chen, United States of America
10:05 - 10:15 Transperitoneal endoscopic ventral hernia repair: How did I learn it?
W. Reinpold, Germany
10:15 - 10:25 How to retain skills: gaming and/or warming up in surgical training?
H. ten Cate Hoedemaker, the Netherlands
10:25 - 10:35 The value of online (video) learning for surgical training
E.J. Vlieger, the Netherlands
10:35 - 10:45 German hernia education program
R. Lorenz, Germany
10:45 - 10:55 When is the (resident) surgeon ready to independently operate on groin hernia?
H. van Goor, the Netherlands
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 III Parallel session: How to prevent incisional hernias, true evidence
Moderators: Th.J. Aufenacker, the Netherlands & A. de Beaux, United Kingdom
11:30 - 11:45 Primaat: preventive mesh in aortic surgery
F. Muysoms, Belgium
11:45 - 12:00 PRIMA trial: Primary Mesh Closure of Abdominal Midline Wounds
A. Jairam, the Netherlands
12:00 - 12:15 Prevent: preventive mesh in colostomy
H.T. Brandsma, the Netherlands
12:15 - 12:25 The MATCH review; Meta-analysis on materials and techniques for laparotomy closure
E.B. Deerenberg, the Netherlands
12:25 - 12:35 Prevention of incisional hernias from laparotomies or after stoma reversal with biological mesh: a systematic review of the literature
F. Muysoms, Belgium
12:35 - 12:45 Short stitch trial 6:1 (Monomax) – a prospective trial on elective and emergency closures of abdominal wounds
M. Golling, Germany
12:45 - 12:55 Prevention of incisional hernia using a prophylactic mesh after colorectal surgery. Results of a risk factor based algorithm
N. Argudo Aguirre, Spain
11:30 - 13:00 IV Parallel session: Optimal perioperative management helps to prevent complications during hernia repair
Moderators: R.K.J. Simmermacher, the Netherlands & J. Conze, Germany
11:30 - 11:54 Pre- and postoperative management
B.T. Heniford, United States of America
11:54 - 12:06 No evidence for the use of postoperative abdominal binders
T. Bisgaard, Denmark
12:06 - 12:18 Do patients need perioperative physiotherapy in abdominal wall hernia surgery
J.P. van Wingerden, the Netherlands
12:18 - 12:30 Does abdominal wall function recover after incisional hernia repair?
A. Menger, Austria
12:30 - 12:40 Prophylactic incisional negative pressure wound therapy in patients undergoing complex abdominal wall repair
F.E.E. De Vries, the Netherlands
12:40 - 12:50 A complex approach to ventral hernia patient's - Let's make them breathe first
B. East, Czech Republic
12:50 - 13:00 Discussion
11:30 - 13:00 V Parallel session: Solutions for chronic pain after hernia repair. Treatment and prevention of pain
Moderators: G.-J. Kleinrensink, the Netherlands & G. Campanelli, Italy
11:30 - 11:40 Chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP): definition and work up
E. Aasvang, Denmark
11:40 - 11:50 Surgical solutions to relieve chronic pain
R.M.H. Roumen, the Netherlands
11:50 - 12:00 Anaesthesiologic options to relieve chronic pain
L. Liem, the Netherlands
12:00 - 12:10 Mesh removal to release chronic pain
D.C. Chen, United States of America
12:10 - 12:20 Identification of the inguinal nerves: is it necessary and feasible?' 
G. Campanelli, Italy
12:20 - 12:28 Anterior neurectomy in a pediatric population with abdominal wall neuralgia: an observational study
M. Siawash, the Netherlands
12:28 - 12:36 New pathological findings in the mechanisms of chronic post-herniorrhaphy pain syndromes with the use of mesh
V. Iakovlev, Canada
12:36 - 12:44 Chronic pain and method of surgery in groin hernia repair
K.J. Lundstrom, Sweden
12:44 - 12:52 The role of surgical expertise with regard to chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP) after Lichtenstein correction of inguinal hernia: a systematic review
V.M. Meyer, the Netherlands
12:52 - 13:00 The HIPPO randomized double blind trial comparing self-gripping Parietex Progrip Mesh and sutured Parietex Mesh in Lichtenstein hernioplasty; a long term follow-up study
M.J. Molegraaf, the Netherlands
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
13:00 - 13:30 Resident Track
14:30 - 16:00 VI Parallel session: How to use the evidence on incisional hernia repair +
Moderators: D. van Geldere, the Netherlands & B.T. Heniford, United States of America
14:30 - 14:40 The best mesh to use in incisional hernia repair - the scientists view
U. Klinge, Germany
14:40 - 14:50 The best mesh to use in incisional hernia repair - the laparoscopists view
S. Morales Conde, Spain
14:50 - 15:00 The best mesh to use in incisional hernia repair – the conventionalists view
D. Sanders, United Kingdom
15:00 - 15:10 Onlay mesh repair in incisional hernia repair, to be advised?
W.W. Hope, United States of America
15:10 - 15:20 Sublay mesh repair in incisional hernia repair, to be advised?
J. Conze, Germany
15:20 - 15:30 Will tissue-engineering help us in incisional hernia repair?
A. Petter-Puchner, Austria
15:30 - 15:40 Tips and tricks for trainees in incisional hernia surgery
U. Dietz, Germany
15:40 - 15:50 A prospective nationwide study on long-term mesh-related complications after incisional hernia repair
D. Kokotovic, Denmark
15:50 - 16:00 Down to up tar: starting transversus abdominis release from linea arcuata provides an easier way to perform posterior components separation
M. Garcia-Ureña, Spain
14:30 - 16:00 VII Parallel session: The mess of contaminated mesh, please help me out
Moderators: W.F. Weidema, the Netherlands & A. Montgomery, Sweden
14:30 - 14:55 Mesh contamination: the usefullness of biologics
F. Berrevoet, Belgium
14:55 - 15:15 What's the truth about biologics?
A. Montgomery, Sweden
15:15 - 15:30 Pathogenesis of implant infection and prevention by antimicrobial material strategies
S.A. Zaat, the Netherlands
15:30 - 15:40 Fully resorbable mesh: a safe option for ventral hernioplasty after mesh rejection
A. Babo, Portugal
15:40 - 15:50 Single-stage complex incisional hernia repair using biologic mesh
M. Tabbara, France
15:50 - 16:00 Mesh infections: Lessons learned from 200 cases for eventual excision or success of salvage
V.A.A. Augenstein, United States
14:30 - 16:00 VIII Parallel session: Free papers and video
Moderators: H. Eker, the Netherlands & E. Perrakis, Greece
14:30 - 14:40 Robot-assisted laparoscopic repair of bilateral spigelian hernias
L.F. Gonzalez-Ciccarelli, United States
14:40 - 14:50 Ambulatory goni moreno: a simple and safe procedure
M. Antor, France
14:50 - 15:00 Postponed enterocutaneous fistula takedown: a systematic review and meta-analysis on outcomes and timing
F.E.E De Vries, the Netherlands
15:00 - 15:10 Incisional hernia M3W3 repair using posterior component separation, T.A.R. and sublay mesh
V.G. Radu, Romania
15:10 - 15:20 Individual approach for patients with ventral eventration – various components separation technique with mesh augmentation
M. Zuvela, Serbia
15:20 - 15:30 The impact of groin surgery during childhood on the incidence of inguinal hernia repair and postoperative complications in adults
A. Sokratous, Sweden
15:30 - 15:40 A clinical study on mesh shrinkage and dislocation in incisional hernia mesh repair comparing intraperitoneal to retromuscular position – a cohort of the PROLOVE RCT
P. Rogmark, Sweden
15:40 - 15:50 Giant icisional hernia repair optimizes truncal function and quality of life
K.K. Jensen, Denmark
15:50 - 16:00

Fixation of a polypropylene mesh with anti-adhesive barrier using a positioning system in combination with cyanoacrylate glue in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair
S. Van Cauwenberge, Belgium

16:00 - 16:15 Tea Break
16:15 - 17:15 General Assembly
Moderator: S. Morales Conde, Spain
16:15 - 17:15 Resident Track
17:15 - 18:45 IX Parallel session: Do we need a specialized hernia center? And if so what is it?
Moderators: I. Burgmans, the Netherlands & F. Corcione, Italy
17:15 - 17:30 How to build up specialized hernia centers and its benefits for the patient, surgeon and health care
F. Kockerling, Germany
17:30 - 17:45 How to preserve hernia repair for the general surgeon
M. Miserez, Belgium
17:45 - 18:00 Do we need to teach hernia surgery in less privileged countries?
B. Boateng, Ghana
18:00 - 18:15 How to teach hernia surgery in less privileged countries?
C. Oppong, United Kingdom
18:15 - 18:25 How to improve quality in complex hernia surgery
J.A. Wegdam, the Netherlands
18:25 - 18:35 HerniaSurge guidelines- Specialised hernia centers
G.H.van Ramshorst, the Netherlands
18:35 - 18:45 Do we need a specialized hernia center? And if so what is it?
O. Buyne, the Netherlands
17:15 - 18:45 X Parallel session: Use of mesh? Is it inevitable?
Moderators: R.K.J. Simmermacher, the Netherlands & J.F. Kukleta, Switserland
17:15 - 17:30 Intraperitoneal meshes: yes or no?
M. Schreinemacher, the Netherlands
17:30 - 17:45 Extraperitoneal meshes: any danger about it?
G. Pascual González, Spain
17:45 - 18:00 Which messless techniques should the surgeon know?
J. Conze, Germany
18:00 - 18:15 Limitations for the augmentation technique in LIVHR
E. Chelala, Belgium
18:15 - 18:25 Quality of life and hernia development five years after open abdomen treatment with vacuum-assisted wound closure and mesh-mediated fascial traction
U. Petersson, Sweden
18:25 - 18:35 Obesity affects the behaviour of macrophages on biomaterials in vitro as predicted with monocyte subsets in the blood
G.S.A. Boersema, the Netherlands
18:35 - 18:45 Discussion
17:15 - 18:45 XI Parallel session: Free papers and video
Moderators: M. van ´t Riet, the Netherlands & M. Smietanski, Poland
17:15 - 17:25 Robotic assisted ePTFE incisional hernia repair in liver transplant patient
R.D. Berta, Italy
17:25 - 17:35 A prospective, multicenter, observational study on quality of life after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair with ProGrip™ laparoscopic self-fixating mesh according to the EuraHS-QoL instrument
F. Muysoms, Belgium
17:35- 17:45 A two- way street: teaching and learning as a volunteer hernia surgeon in the third world
P. Bystricky, Czech Republic
17:45 - 17:55 Using butyl-2-cyanoacrylate as non-traumatic fixation of the mesh in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (TEP)
L.A. Vega Rojas, Spain
17:55 - 18:05 Inguinal hernia repair: the patient’s perspective
W.J.V Bökkerink, the Netherlands
18:05 - 18:15 Ventral hernia: Results of 100 robotic repairs
F.M. Bianco, United States
18:15 - 18:25 A preliminary evaluation of absorbable and nonabsorbable fixation in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using matched pairs with propensity scores
W.W. Hope, United States
18:25 - 18:45 Discussion