As a section of the Belgian Royal Society for Surgery, we welcome you to the website of the Belgian Section for Abdominal Wall Surgery. We represent the surgeons with a specific interest in abdominal wall surgery. Our aim is to improve the quality of the surgery of the entire abdominal wall surgery performed in Belgium. 

Obtaining our goal is based on increasing knowledge and skills as well as on continuous survey and audit of training and practice. Therefore scientific meetings and workshops will be organised either for all members or for working groups on either a local or otherwise national level, such as the Belgian Week of Surgery.

Make sure to take a look at our upcoming events to pin your agenda or find our past events in the sections below. You can also find intereseting video and links to international guidelines concerning hernia repair on this page.

If you want to know the current board members or have any questions: do not hesitate to contact us at


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Upcoming events

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Save the Date Belgian Hernia Day 18 11 2023


Past events

18-03-2023: 8th Belgian Hernia Day, Brussels

19-03-2022: 7th Belgian Hernia Day, Namur

06-03-2021: 6th Belgian Hernia Day, online meeting

09-12-2019: Postgraduate course, Brussels

29-03-2019: 5th Belgian Hernia Day, Leuven

10-12-2018: Postgraduate course, Brussels

24-03-2018: 4th Belgian Hernia Day, Antwerp

04-12-2017: Postgraduate course, Brussels

05-12-2016: Postgraduate course, Brussels 

Current board members

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Video library

Repair of a large Morgagni hernia 

Ombilical hernia with IP device

Primary suture umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernia repair (local anaesthesia)

Umbilical hernia repair (rebound mesh)

Laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair

Ventral hernia repair laparotomy 1

Ventral hernia repair laparotomy 2

Ventral hernia repair laparotomy 3 (retromuscular)

Ventral hernia repair laparotomy 4 (the onlay technique)

Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair

Laparoscopic ventral hernia: the suturing concept

Laparoscopic ventral hernia: a double suturing concept

Closure of a midline laparotomy with small stitches (Sundvall technique)

Inguinal hernia - Lichtenstein 


Useful links

European Hernia society

- International guidelines for groin hernia management

- Guidelines on prevention and treatment of parastomal hernia 

- Guidelines for primary ventral hernias

- Guidelines on management of rectus diastasis


Operation hernia

BSAWS Board member group restricted page 
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BSAWS restricted member page (only for RBSS members, applying for a BSAWS membership)


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