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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abdominal wall world congress 


Past events

18-11-2023: 9th Belgian Hernia Day, Dessel

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

Last Name First Name Institution
Allaeys Mathias UZ Gent
Berrevoet Frederick UZ Gent
Beunis Anthony UZ Antwerpen
Chelala Elie CHRSM Namur
Gherardi Dario CHWAPI Tournai
Haumann Alexandre CHU Li├Ęge
Hauters Philippe CHWAPI Tournai
Janssens Ward UZ Brussels
Lemaire Julien St Elizabeth Namur
Miserez Marc UZ Leuven
Muysoms Filip AZMMSJ Gent
Stainier Laurent Clinique Saint-Pierre-Ottignies
Van Bergen Liesbeth AZ Mol / UZ Antwerp
Van Cauwenberge Sebastiaan AZ Sint-Jan Bruges
Van De Moortel Marijke ZNA Antwerp
Van de Winkel Nele UZ Leuven
Van Hoef Stijn UZ Leuven
Vierendeels Tijl ASZ Aalst


 President: Dr. Elie Chelala
Secretary: Dr. Liesbeth Van Bergen
Treasurer: Dr. Mathias Allaeys
Webmaster: Dr. Sebastiaan Van Cauwenberge


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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

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