The fifth meeting was organized from 13th to 16th of October 2011 in Suzhou/China as a “Consensus Conference for Development of Guidelines on Laparoscopic Repair of Abdominal and Incisional Hernia.”. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Zheng Ji ( Professor and Chairman, Department of General Surgery, Zhongda Hospital, School of Medicine Southeast University, Nanjing), Prof. Steven Yao ( Chief of Hernia Center, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Vice-Director of General Surgery), and Prof. Hao- rong Wu ( Vice President of the Second Affiliated Hospital Suzhou University). The meeting was outstan-ding and excellent organized. The scientific discussions were held at an exceptional high level. The meeting was the origin for the guidelines on treatment of ventral and incisional abdominal wall hernias, which could be published in 2014 in the prestigious Journal Surg Endosc (see publications).
A second main topic of the meeting was education in laparo-endoscopic hernia repair inclusive video-demonstration presented by experts showing their techniques as well as key-note lectures.