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Specialist fields (in extracts)

  • Development of minimally invasive techniques for extraperitoneal mesh implantation of abdominal wall and incisional hernias
  • Treatment of complex abdominal wall hernias - introduction of posterior component separation (m. transversus abdominis release -TAR) in Germany
  • Prevention and therapy of chronic pain in hernia surgery

Curriculum vitae (in extracts)

Medical studies, University of Hamburg
Doctorate at the University of Hamburg
Senior Physician for general, visceral and trauma surgery, Reinbek St. Adolf-Stift Hospital, Hamburg
Chief Physician of the Department of Surgery, Wilhelmsburg Hospital Groß-Sand, Hamburg
since 2014 Chief Physician of the Department of General, Visceral and Hernia Surgery, ATOS Hospital Fleetinsel, Hamburg
since 2021 Chief Physician Hamburger Hernien Centrum (HHC) - Reference Center for Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery
since 2021
Chief Physician of the Department of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery, Helios Mariahilf Hospital, Hamburg

Academic activities

  • Co-founder and scientific director of the Hernia Days in Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne
  • Co-founder and scientific director of the three-day Hernia Compact Course - Young Surgery and the DHG Hernia School
  • Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Asunción, Paraguay and Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska


  • Over 100 publication on hernia surgery, 54 of them in peer-reviewed journals
  • Over 150 lectures on hernia surgery at national and international congresses
  • Member of governing bodies of international journals:
    • International Advisory Board Member of Journal "Hernia"
    • Editorial Board Member International Journal of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery
  • Member and co-author of several international hernia surgery guideline groups, including:
    • IEHS guidelines of TAPP and TEP 2009/ 2013;
    • IEHS guidelines of endoscopic and laparaoscopic ventral and incisional hernia repair,
    • 2018 HerniaSurge,
    • 1st International Guidelines on inguinal hernia repair;
    • 1st European Hernia Society guidelines on incisional hernias

Extra information

  • Fellow of the European Board of Surgery - Abdominal Wall Surgery (F.E.B.S - AWS)
  • 2009: Inventor of the minimally invasive E/MILOS procedure: The first surgical technique worldwide to allow minimally invasive implantation of plastic meshes outside the abdominal cavity for abdominal wall hernias, umbilical hernias, incisional hernias and rectus diastases.
  • Personal surgical experience of over 10,000 hernia surgeries, including over 2,500 incisional hernias, over 250 posterior component separations, over 200 surgeries for huge abdominal wall hernias with loss of domain, over 100 surgeries for pain management in chronic groin pain.

  • Since 2004: participation in regular humanitarian hernia missions in Africa and Latin America for the care of medically ill people and training of specialists in the field

Hernia and abdominal wall surgery: An interview with Dr. med. Wolfgang Reinpold

"I got my life back" - Hernia surgeon operates in Paraguay 


  • German Hernia Society
  • European Hernia Society
  • American Hernia Society
  • International Endohernia Society (Founding member)
  • German Society for Surgery DGCH
  • German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV)
  • Section for Minimally Invasive Surgery (CAMIC) of the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV) 
  • Working group for Hernia Surgery of the German Society of Surgery (CAH)
  • Board Member Hernia Repair for the Underserved
  • Operation Hernia
  • International Hernia Collaboration
  • Honorary member of the Argentine Hernia Society

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