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BHS Virtual Conference 2020

The British Hernia Society will now be running its 11th Conference virtually on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

The theme of the conference is ‘Improving our patients’ outcomes after hernia surgery’.

The programme features a wide range of topics up for discussion and includes specialists from Europe and the Lichtenstein Hernia Centre in the USA.

The conference is aimed at general surgeons and trainees as well as specialist hernia surgeons.

Abstracts can be submitted for presentation in the Free Paper and Virtual Posters session.  The word count is 250 words. The deadline for submission is 31st September 2020.  Abstracts should be submitted by email to:


Day 1: Monday 2nd Nov

Online registration/ login to platform

From 8.30am

Opening address

Chairs: B Stephenson, D Sanders, L Horgan

9.00     Welcome from the congress organisers and format                                      B Stephenson & D Sanders

Session 1: Primary Ventral Hernia

Chairs:  A Sheen

09.10   Top tips: anatomy of the abdominal wall                                                         Y Renard

09.30   How to manage a ventral hernia when there is also a divarication?          C Stabilini

10.00   Ventral hernia guidelines – when to use mesh                                               N Henriksen
& A Montgomery

10.30   Panel discussion and questions from the audience

10.50   Industry Symposium: BD Bard
Long term resorbable mesh in a AWR and Hiatal Hernia Repair              J S Roth
(Supported by long term data and clinical experience)

11.20   Break

Session 2: Free paper session 1 – including research grant winners and travelling fellowship

Chairs: A de Beaux & D Light

11.30    FP1 Quality of life following primary parastomal hernia repair: a pilot study         K Barrett

11.40    FP2 Safety of using mesh in repair of strangulated groin hernia requiring             T Gala
bowel resection:  a systematic review and meta-analysis

11.50    FP3 A National Survey of Hernia Services and Surgeons: Review of                        T Grove
Current Practices Within the UK in association with the British Hernia

12.00    FP4  Small Bites Technique for Closure of Emergency Laparotomy                        J Hornsby

12.10    FP5  A systematic review of outcome reporting in incisional hernia surgery         C Thomas

12.20    Comparison Of Inguinodynia in patients undergoing prophylactic Ilioinguinal   Z Zafar Hashmi
neurectomy vs no neurectomy in Lichtenstein mesh hernioplasty.

12.30   Break

13.00  Industry Symposium: BBraun
Subcostal incisional hernia repair made easy                                                                 A de Beaux

Session 3: Inguinal hernia

Chairs: B Stephenson & S Smith

13.30   The surgeon as a prognostic factor                                                                                 B East

13.50   How to assess post herniorraphy groin pain                                                                M Pawlak

14.10   How to treat post herniorraphy groin pain                                                                   D Chen

14.30 Panel discussion and questions from the audience
Panel: B East, M Pawlak, D Chen

15.30  Industry Sponsored Symposium – Medtronic
Data driven incisional hernia repair                                                                             N Henriksen

16.00  Break

Session 4: Chair: L Horgan, A Kingsnorth

16.30 Key note lecture: Top tips in hernia surgery: How to make our patients outcomes better                                                                                                                                                                                       D Chen

17.10  Panel discussion and questions from the audience
Panel: D Sanders, D Chen, A Windsor, L Horgan, A Kingsnorth

Day 2: Tuesdy 3rd Nov

08.15  Industry Symposium – AdMedSol
Staying ahead of the curve with altraumatic hernia mesh fixation                         P Smith

9.00 Presidential Address and BHS Registry                                                                          L Horgan

Session 5: Trainee prize presentations

Chairs: M Simons & M Miserez

09.20    Should surgeons repair symptomatic, clinically occult, radiologically               B Farquharson
evident (SCORE) inguinal hernias? A case-control study of
patient-reported outcomes

09.28    The development and validation of risk stratification models for                       J Hodgkinson
short-term outcomes following contaminated complex abdominal wall

09.36    A Qualitative Investigation of the Quality of Life (QoL) domains                       O Smith
important to Patients with Complex Abdominal Wall Hernia (CAWH) –
the initial analysis.

09.44    Exploration of variation in Management of Acutely Symptomatic Hernia      O Spence
– results from the MASH practice survey.

09.52    The experimental methodology and comparators used for in vivo hernia       T Whitehead-Clarke
mesh testing; a ten year scoping review

10.00    Break

10.10    Industry Symposium: WL Gore
Current status of CAWR in the UK                                                                            D Slade

Session 6: Incisional Hernia

Chairs: O Ali & D Sanders

10.30   What to do before you operate                                                                                   S Parker

10.50   Disasters in incisional hernia repair and how to avoid them 1?                         A Windsor

11.10   Disasters in incisional hernia repair and how to avoid them 2?                         D Slade

11.30   Managing loss of domain – Botox                                                                            F Berrevoet

11.50   Managing loss of domain – component separation                                             M Miserez

12.10   Managing loss of domain – peritoneal flaps                                                         A de Beaux

12.30  Panel discussion and questions from the audience

13.00 Industry Symposium: Medtronic
Optimising the day case patient journey for inguinal hernia repair                             D Light

14.00 – 14.20 BHS Quiz                                                                                                         B Stephenson

Session 7: Complex cases

Chair: D Sanders

14.20 Panel discussion: Email/ video content in complex cases and panel will discuss what they would do?
Panel: S Morales Condes, F Berrevoet, A de Beaux, W Reinpold, D Slade

Session 8: Outcomes

Chairs: M Pawlak & L Horgan

15.10-15.30      Core outcomes in ventral hernia                                                           S Parker

15.30-15.50      Reporting Outcomes in hernia surgery                                              N Smart

15.50 – 16.00   Delphi results                                                                                          M Wilson

16.00-16.20      Patient perspectives – what outcomes should we measure          S Blackwell

16.20 – 16.40   Panel discussion and questions from the audience

Close: 16.40 – 17.00     Prize presentation and close

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