Our new monthly ‘project of the month’ supplement looks at the recently launched HIPPO study

The HIPPO study is the short name for Hernias, Pathway and Planetary Outcomes for Inguinal Hernia Surgery. This is a global, prospective cohort study that includes all consecutive patients undergoing an inguinal hernia repair. Any hospital from any country was eligible to take part.

This study has three main aims:

  • To evaluate the waiting times to inguinal hernia repair.
  • To characterise technique, training, and operating surgeon variation.
  • To explore the uptake of environment sustainable practices in operating theatres.

The study started on 30th January we are reaching the last period of data collection, which starts on 24th April and will end in 21st May 2023.

Until now we count with more 6,500 patients, from 350 centres from 65 countries, making this the largest cohort study with inguinal hernia patients.

One of the key aims of the study will be the dissemination of relevant information to policy makers and governments on a global scale as well as inform future research.

You can view the HIPPO page for more information by clicking here.