Humanitarian Hernia Surgery: Lessons Learned

  • Alexander D. Schroeder
  • Charles J. Filipi


Access to essential surgical care is limited for almost one third of the global population. Surgical outreach missions try to address the burden of surgical disease in low- and middle-income countries. Short-term missions provide needed care to underserved patients, but often lack sustainability. The World Bank Group’s Disease Control Priorities report identified the need for systematic education to improve surgical capacity building. We report lessons learned from providing humanitarian hernia surgery in Western Hemisphere countries. These efforts include a systematic training method to further local self-sustainability.



Disclosures: ADS has nothing to disclose. CJF declares conflict of interest related to the submitted work (equipment and/or monetary donations to 501(c)3 non-profit organization Hernia Repair for the Underserved (HRFU) by Covidien, C. R. Bard, Ethicon, Cook, and Winer. CJF is the HRFU founder and board member.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander D. Schroeder
    • 1
  • Charles J. Filipi
    • 1
  1. 1.Creighton University School of MedicineOmahaUSA

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