Part I: A world for happy times
Welcome to this issue of _European Surgery,_ including a colorful
rainbow of novel and highly motivating innovations in surgery. The
well-known Viennese surgeon Rene H.
New technique for treatment of symptomatic umbilical, trocar, and/or
epigastric hernias with concomitant rectus abdominis diastasis
Background: Patients with symptomatic umbilical, trocar, and/or
epigastric hernias and concomitant rectus abdominis diastasis
represent a growing clinical problem.
Background: Primary and secondary ventral hernias of the abdominal
wall are very common conditions; however, the ideal operative
treatment has not been found yet.
Methods: In the traditional open sublay technique, a large trauma to
the abdominal wall must be accepted, which carries a high risk of
infection, while the laparoscopic intraperitoneal onlay mesh (IPOM)
technique is burdened with the need for special and expensive meshes
and fixation devices as well.
Hernia surgery is a rapidly evolving field, characterized by an
abundance of mesh and fixation materials. This article aims at
providing an overview of the most recent and urgent developments in
mesh and scaffold technologies.
Introduction: Hernia surgery has undergone rapid development in the
past decades. The ever greater array of surgical techniques and
materials together with the demand for individualized treatment
concepts thus present a special challenge not only to qualified
surgeons but also when devising education programs for trainee
It is a privilege and honor to present the current issue of
_European Surgery_ at the ESH meeting in Vienna, which is full of
highlights regarding state-of-the-art hernia surgery. The articles
included reflect on the most discussed topics in the hernia field and
represent an ideal complement to the sessions at the Vienna EHS