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A commentary on How long do we need to follow-up our hernia patients to find the real recurrence rate? by Köckerling F, Koch A, Lorenz R, Schug-Pass C, Stechemesser B and Reinpold W. Front Surg (2015) 2 :24 doi: 10.3389/fsurg.2015.00024

It was a pleasure to go through the manuscript by Ferdinand Köckerling focusing on hernia recurrence in Frontiers in Surgery (1). We would like to applaud the authors on two fronts. We had very peripheral awareness of the Herniamed registry, but having read this paper, we believe that the registry is a brilliant initiative by the German surgical society. Such data sharing will most definitely help to evolve and standardize practices in hernia surgery across the board. Second, the results and recommendations of this study are novel in nature. The recurrence rates followed over such a long interval have important implications for managing follow-up care for hernia patients.


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Front Surg. 2015; 2: 50. Published online 2015 Sep 23. doi: 10.3389/fsurg.2015.00050 PMCID: PMC4585075

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