Introduction

Groin hernia remains the most common general surgical disease and its repair continues to be the commonest surgical procedure performed by general surgeons across the globe. 700,000 groin hernia operations are performed each year in the United States. The repair of groin hernia is the first elective operation taught and performed by surgical trainees. The repair of ventral/incisional hernia is the second most common operation after groin hernia amongst the list of various hernias. Herniology – the science of hernia - encompasses progress in the approach to the diagnosis and treatment of groin and other hernias during the past four decades. This time frame includes many advances important to the improvement of our patient care for this very common entity. Four areas of special interest include:

  1. Importance of the posterior inguinal wall,
  2. Fundamental changes in our use of prosthetic mesh, type and technique,
  3. Individualization of hernia repair, and
  4. An appraisal of operative approaches and techniques existent at the beginning of the third millennium.

The challenge of teaching, training and research in herniology became more acute with advent of newer laparoscopic techniques of hernia repair. Laparoscopic hernia repair has been termed as an advanced laparoscopic procedure contrary to open mesh repair. Research and training in herniology has been deficient in India despite hernia surgery being the most common operation.

The primary objective of the Indian Hernia Society is to further the learning of art and science of hernia surgery for surgical trainees and practising surgeons. Towards achieving this goal, the first dedicated Hernia workshop was organized at AIIMS in 2003 and the formation of Indian Hernia Society was announced. The inaugural conference of the Indian Hernia Society was held at AIIMS from 10-12 March 2006 and was a grand success. Since its inception, the Indian Hernia Society has grown to a family of 200 surgeons from India and abroad.

Prof Mahesh C. Misra
Founder & President