Prof. Dr. med. 
Ferdinand Köckerling

Prof. Dr. med. Ferdinand Köckerling

Medical author
Vivantes Clinic Spandau - Hernia Center

Editorial Contributions

Specialty

Hernia surgery

Hernia surgery is in fact a subfield of visceral surgery, i.e. abdominal surgery. But this field is becoming more and more important. This is mainly due to the high number of inguinal hernias, by far the most common hernia worldwide. But what exactly is a hernia? The answer is quite simple: a hernia...

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Therapy

TAPP / Transabdominal preperitoneal mesh technique

The TAPP technique (transabdominal preperitoneal patch technique) is a gentle and safe technique for repairing inguinal hernias. An inguinal hernia is a fully formed gap with a hernia sac in the inguinal area which mainly occurs in adult men. Mainly if there is discomfort, an inguinal hernia should ...

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Therapy

Abdominal wall hernia operation

The abdominal wall hernia operation is one of the most common surgical interventions in the industrialized nations, as this complication occurs in around four percent of the population. Men aged between 40 and 50 years are affected particularly frequently. There is furthermore a congenital form occu...

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Therapy

Inguinal hernia operation

Inguinal hernia, also referred to as groin hernia, is the most common type of hernia, accounting for around 75 to 80 percent of all visceral or bowel hernias. The inguinal hernia operation is therefore the most common hernia operation.

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Therapy

Umbilical hernia surgery

An umbilical hernia is a fairly frequent form of rupture in the abdominal wall. In this, the hernial ring is located in the navel region, which is commonly a natural weak point in the abdominal wall.

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Therapy

Incisional hernia surgery

The abdominal wall is normally stable and consists of several layers of muscle. After abdominal surgery in which stabilizing layers of muscle lying deeper need to be cut through, less elastic incisional tissue develops. This impairs the stability of the abdominal wall at this point, which can lead t...

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Therapy

Femoral hernia surgery

Femoral hernia is one of the commonest forms of hernia experienced by women. The group affected is predominantly older women. In rare cases, femoral hernias can also occur in men, for example after previous inguinal hernia surgery.

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Therapy

Diaphragmatic hernia operation

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. Its main function is to support breathing. If there is a hernial gap in the diaphragm (diaphragmatic hernia or hiatal hernia), organs can slide from the abdominal cavity into the chest cavity through the...

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Diseases

Abdominal wall hernia

An epigastric hernia, also called hernia epigastrica or upper abdominal hernia, is a hernia of the abdominal wall, which is localized along the midline of the upper abdomen between the lower end of the breast bone (xiphoid process) and the navel.

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Diseases

Inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernia is the most common form of hernia. Here you will find qualified hernia surgeons for the treatment of inguinal hernias. All listed physicians are specialists in their field and have been carefully selected for you according to strict guidelines.

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Diseases

Umbilical hernia

In an umbilical hernia, tissue protrudes through a weak point by the navel and bulges out, taking a spherical form. Umbilical hernias are not rare in children and infants. But adults can also have umbilical hernias - though much less frequently. An umbilical hernia can be present at birth or acquire...

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Diseases

Incisional hernia

Here you will find medical experts who specialize in the treatment of incisional hernias. All doctors listed here meet our strict admission criteria!

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Diseases

Parastomal hernia

A parastomal hernia is a hernia (rupture) located near a stoma (an artificial bowel outlet). In this, the hernia sac swells out externally near the artificial outlet. Because of the size of the hernial ring, the resultant parastomal hernia can contain both parts of the greater omentum (a fold in the...

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Diseases

Femoral hernia

A femoral hernia is an intestinal hernia, comparable to an umbilical hernia or an inguinal hernia. With a femoral hernia, parts of the intestine protrude out of the lower abdomen through a gap in the thigh and cause pain and continuing problems in the area.

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Diseases

Hiatus hernia

The term hiatus hernia, also known as a diaphragmatic hernia, is used when parts of the stomach are displaced from the abdominal cavity into the chest cavity through a naturally occurring gap in the diaphragm. Hence, strictly speaking, a diaphragmatic hernia is not an intestinal hernia.

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Diagnostics

Hernia diagnostics

Hernias are diagnosed primarily by questioning the patient (case history), followed by a physical examination. Particularly larger and external hernias, such as for instance inguinal or groin hernias, umbilical hernias or incisional hernias can generally be diagnosed quite quickly and easily in this...

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Anatomy

Hernias

The term hernia is used in medicine to mean an intestinal rupture. This is a congenital or acquired gap in the layers of the abdominal wall, through which the intestine protrudes. Here, rupture means a type of tear in the layers of the abdominal wall. A distinction is made between internal and exter...

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