Endorsement of the Herniasurge guidelines by the European Hernia Society

Hernia, Jan 2018

G. Campanelli

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Endorsement of the Herniasurge guidelines by the European Hernia Society

Endorsement of the Herniasurge guidelines by the European Hernia Society G. Campanelli 0 1 0 Prof. Giampiero Campanelli , President EHS 1 University of Insubria, Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio - Milano Hernia Center , Milan , Italy 2 G. Campanelli Vol.:(011233456789) - Inguinal hernia is one of the most common surgical diseases in the world and approximately 20 million procedures are required each year for its treatment. A mesh is used for reinforcement in most patients, making a large-scale worldwide market for these devices. The competition between companies is high, resulting in a huge number of options of different meshes and devices to be used. Evaluation of performance and in what situations to use these different devices has become so complicated that hernia surgery has almost become a “super-specialty” of its own. To give the majority of general surgeons evidence-based guidance in their daily practice for inguinal hernia surgery, the European Hernia Society (EHS), that I have the privilege to be the current president of, published the EHS Guidelines in Hernia in 2009. It has been the most downloaded (from Hernia Springer Journal) recommendations in the recent years. To update this work, a group of “experts” including individuals from across the globe with the participation of young researchers interested in this topic, the Herniasurge group, has further refined the EHS guidelines into these International Guidelines, now endorsed by six other international societies. The result of this massive effort can be enjoyed by general and specialized hernia surgeons around the world. It provides a useful guide in daily practice and can be used to confirm or to give education on/or evidence for techniques or meshes to be used by the individual surgeon. It is important to emphasize that the guidelines are to be used as a support on how to make your own algorithm for


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G. Campanelli. Endorsement of the Herniasurge guidelines by the European Hernia Society, Hernia, 2018, 1-1, DOI: 10.1007/s10029-017-1678-8