PD. Dr. med. J. Conze


Head of the Hernia Centre Munich

+49 89 920 901 0


Academic Studies

1984 - 1986 Study of human medicine at the Ruhr-University, Bochum
1986 - 1990 Study of human medicine at the Friedrich-Wilhelm Universität, Bonn
1990 - 1991 Practical year in the district hospital Lüdenscheid



1991 - 1999 Specialist training for surgery at the Surgical Clinic and Polyclinic of the RWTH Aachen (Direktor: Prof. Dr.med. Dr.h.c. Volker Schumpelick)


Habilitation for the field of surgery (Subject: Alloplastische Kunststoffnetze in der intraabdominellen Position-Adhäsionspotential, Netzflächenschrumpfung und Fremdkörpergefühl)
2006 - 2010  

Senior Physician of the Department of Surgery and Polyclinic of RWTH Aachenn (Direktor: Prof. Dr.med. Dr.h.c. Volker Schumpelick)

2010 Specialist in Visceral Surgery
2010 - 2012  

Senior Physician of the Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery of the RWTH Aachen University (Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. Ulf Neumann)

2013 -2017  

Partner and Deputy Head of the Hernia Centre Muschaweck & Dr. Conze in Munich


seit 2018


Head of the UM Hernia Centre Dr. Conze, Munich



Hernia Surgery

since 2002 Secretary General of the German Hernia Society
2009 Congress Secretary of the 4th International Hernia Congress, Berlin
since 2009 Member of the International Advisory Board of the magazine „Hernia“
since 2011 Board member of the European Hernia Society EHS


Publication list Joachim Conze

Current Publications

European Hernia Society guidelines on prevention and treatment of parastomal hernias.

Antoniou SA, Agresta F, Garcia Alamino JM, Berger D, Berrevoet F, Brandsma HT, Bury K, Conze J, Cuccurullo D, Dietz UA, Fortelny RH, Frei-Lanter C, Hansson B, Helgstrand F, Hotouras A, Jänes A, Kroese LF, Lambrecht JR, Kyle-Leinhase I, López-Cano M, Maggiori L, Mandalà V, Miserez M, Montgomery A, Morales-Conde S, Prudhomme M, Rautio T, Smart N, Śmietański M, Szczepkowski M, Stabilini C, Muysoms FE.

Hernia. 2017 Nov 13.

Tribute to Volker Schumpelick, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Hernia.

Conze J.

Hernia. 2017 Oct;21(5):665-666.


[Sportsmen's groin. Definition, differential diagnostics and therapy].

Muschaweck U, Gollwitzer H, Conze J.

Orthopade. 2015 Feb;44(2):173-85.

European Hernia Society guidelines on the closure of abdominal wall incisions.

Muysoms FE, Antoniou SA, Bury K, Campanelli G, Conze J, Cuccurullo D, de Beaux AC, Deerenberg EB, East B, Fortelny RH, Gillion JF, Henriksen NA, Israelsson L, Jairam A, Jänes A, Jeekel J, López-Cano M, Miserez M, Morales-Conde S, Sanders DL, Simons MP, Śmietański M, Venclauskas L, Berrevoet F; European Hernia Society.

Hernia. 2015 Feb;19(1):1-24.

In vivo MRI visualization of parastomal mesh in a porcine model.

Otto J, Busch D, Klink C, Ciritsis A, Woitok A, Kuhl C, Klinge U, Neumann UP, Kraemer NA, Conze J.

Hernia. 2014 Oct;18(5):663-70.

Time-dependent changes of magnetic resonance imaging-visible mesh implants in patients.

Ciritsis A, Hansen NL, Barabasch A, Kuehnert N, Otto J, Conze J, Klinge U, Kuhl CK, Kraemer NA.

Invest Radiol. 2014 Jul;49(7):439-44.

Update with level 1 studies of the European Hernia Society guidelines on the treatment of inguinal hernia in adult patients.

Miserez M, Peeters E, Aufenacker T, Bouillot JL, Campanelli G, Conze J, Fortelny R, Heikkinen T, Jorgensen LN, Kukleta J, Morales-Conde S, Nordin P, Schumpelick V, Smedberg S, Smietanski M, Weber G, Simons MP.

Hernia. 2014 Apr;18(2):151-63. doi: 10.1007/s10029-014-1236-6. Epub 2014 Mar 20. Review. Erratum in: Hernia. 2014 Jun;18(3):443-4.

Criteria for definition of a complex abdominal wall hernia.

Slater NJ, Montgomery A, Berrevoet F, Carbonell AM, Chang A, Franklin M, Kercher KW, Lammers BJ, Parra-Davilla E, Roll S, Towfigh S, van Geffen E, Conze J, van Goor H.

Hernia. 2014 Feb;18(1):7-17.

European Hernia Society classification of parastomal hernias.

Śmietański M, Szczepkowski M, Alexandre JA, Berger D, Bury K, Conze J, Hansson B, Janes A, Miserez M, Mandala V, Montgomery A, Morales Conde S, Muysoms F.

Hernia. 2014 Feb;18(1):1-6.

First in-human magnetic resonance visualization of surgical mesh implants for inguinal hernia treatment.

Hansen NL, Barabasch A, Distelmaier M, Ciritsis A, Kuehnert N, Otto J, Conze J, Klinge U, Hilgers RD, Kuhl CK, Kraemer NA.

Invest Radiol. 2013 Nov;48(11):770-8.

Influence of two different levels of intra-abdominal hypertension on bacterial translocation in a porcine model.

Kaussen T, Srinivasan PK, Afify M, Herweg C, Tolba R, Conze J, Schachtrupp A.

Ann Intensive Care. 2012 Jul 5;2 Suppl 1:S17.

Intrathoracic versus cervical anastomosis after resection of esophageal cancer: a matched pair analysis of 72 patients in a single center study.

Klink CD, Binnebösel M, Otto J, Boehm G, von Trotha KT, Hilgers RD, Conze J, Neumann UP, Jansen M.

World J Surg Oncol. 2012 Aug 6;10:159.

Gentamicin supplemented polyvinylidenfluoride mesh materials enhance tissue integration due to a transcriptionally reduced MMP-2 protein expression.

Binnebösel M, von Trotha KT, Ricken C, Klink CD, Junge K, Conze J, Jansen M, Neumann UP, Lynen Jansen P.

BMC Surg. 2012 Jan 13;12:1.

Biocompatibility of prosthetic meshes in abdominal surgery.

Binnebösel M, von Trotha KT, Jansen PL, Conze J, Neumann UP, Junge K.

Semin Immunopathol. 2011 May;33(3):235-43.

Abdominal compartment syndrome in childhood: diagnostics, therapy and survival rate.

Steinau G, Kaussen T, Bolten B, Schachtrupp A, Neumann UP, Conze J, Boehm G.

Pediatr Surg Int. 2011 Apr;27(4):399-405.

Serum analyses for protein, albumin and IL-1-RA serve as reliable predictors for seroma formation after incisional hernia repair.

Klink CD, Binnebösel M, Lucas AH, Schachtrupp A, Grommes J, Conze J, Klinge U, Neumann U, Junge K.

Hernia. 2011 Feb;15(1):69-7

[Conventional reparation of parastomal hernia].

Rosch R, Conze J, Junge K, Neumann U.

Chirurg. 2010 Nov;81(11):982-7.

Different methods of mesh fixation in open retromuscular incisional hernia repair: a comparative study in pigs.

Grommes J, Binnebösel M, Klink CD, von Trotha KT, Junge K, Conze J.

Hernia. 2010 Dec;14(6):623-7.

[Incisional hernia - how do I do it? Standard surgical approach].

Conze J, Binnebösel M, Junge K, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 2010 Mar;81(3):192-200.

Hernia repair: the search for ideal meshes.

Bringman S, Conze J, Cuccurullo D, Deprest J, Junge K, Klosterhalfen B, Parra-Davila E, Ramshaw B, Schumpelick V.

Hernia. 2010 Feb;14(1):81-7.

Impact of mesh positioning on foreign body reaction and collagenous ingrowth in a rabbit model of open incisional hernia repair.

Binnebösel M, Klink CD, Otto J, Conze J, Jansen PL, Anurov M, Schumpelick V, Junge K.

Hernia. 2010 Feb;14(1):71-7.

before 2010

European Hernia Society guidelines on the treatment of inguinal hernia in adult patients.

Simons MP, Aufenacker T, Bay-Nielsen M, Bouillot JL, Campanelli G, Conze J, de Lange D, Fortelny R, Heikkinen T, Kingsnorth A, Kukleta J, Morales-Conde S, Nordin P, Schumpelick V, Smedberg S, Smietanski M, Weber G, Miserez M.

Hernia. 2009 Aug;13(4):343-403.

The lateral incisional hernia: anatomical considerations for a standardized retromuscular sublay repair.

Stumpf M, Conze J, Prescher A, Junge K, Krones CJ, Klinge U, Schumpelick V.

Hernia. 2009 Jun;13(3):293-7.

[Surgical treatment and prophylaxis of parastomal hernias].

Rosch R, Junge K, Böhm G, Conze J, Schumpelick V.

Zentralbl Chir. 2008 Sep;133(5):464-7.

New polymer for intra-abdominal meshes--PVDF copolymer.

Conze J, Junge K, Weiss C, Anurov M, Oettinger A, Klinge U, Schumpelick V.

J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2008 Nov;87(2):321-8.

New technical approach for the repair of an abdominal wall defect after a transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap: a case report.

Kaemmer DA, Conze J, Otto J, Schumpelick V.

J Med Case Rep. 2008 Apr 16;2:108.

[The value of postoperative ultrasonography].

Truong S, Grommes J, Conze J, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 2007 May;78(5):443-8.

Improved collagen type I/III ratio at the interface of gentamicin-supplemented polyvinylidenfluoride mesh materials.

Junge K, Klinge U, Rosch R, Lynen P, Binnebösel M, Conze J, Mertens PR, Schwab R, Schumpelick V.

Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2007 Jul;392(4):465-71.

Incisional hernia: challenge of re-operations after mesh repair.

Conze J, Krones CJ, Schumpelick V, Klinge U.

Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2007 Jul;392(4):453-7.

[Management of recurrent inguinal hernia after previous mesh repair: a challenge].

Schwab R, Conze J, Willms A, Klinge U, Becker HP, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 2006 Jun;77(6):523-30.

Randomized clinical trial comparing lightweight composite mesh with polyester or polypropylene mesh for incisional hernia repair.

Conze J, Kingsnorth AN, Flament JB, Simmermacher R, Arlt G, Langer C, Schippers E, Hartley M, Schumpelick V.

Br J Surg. 2005 Dec;92(12):1488-93.

[Incisional hernia].

Conze J, Klinge U, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 2005 Sep;76(9):897-909.

Incisional intercostal hernia after a nephrectomy.

Rosch R, Junge K, Conze J, Krones CJ, Klinge U, Schumpelick V.

Hernia. 2006 Mar;10(1):97-9.

Incisional hernia: open techniques.

Klinge U, Conze J, Krones CJ, Schumpelick V.

World J Surg. 2005 Aug;29(8):1066-72.

Intraabdominal adhesion formation of polypropylene mesh. Influence of coverage of omentum and polyglactin.

Conze J, Junge K, Klinge U, Weiss C, Polivoda M, Oettinger AP, Schumpelick V.

Surg Endosc. 2005 Jun;19(6):798-803.

[Management of gigantic recurrent incisional hernia. Repair by modified Ramirez component separation technique and a skin sliding flap].

Kisielinski K, Bertram P, Conze J, Tittel A, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 2004 May;75(5):529-32.

The Pfannenstiel or so called "bikini cut": still effective more than 100 years after first description.

Kisielinski K, Conze J, Murken AH, Lenzen NN, Klinge U, Schumpelick V.

Hernia. 2004 Aug;8(3):177-81.

Venocutaneous fistula.

Conze J, Böhm G, Niggemann P, Steinau G, Schumpelick V.

Surg Endosc. 2003 Dec;17(12):2028-31.

[Partial intestinal obstruction after swallowing a self-expanding sponge for weight reduction].

Conze J, Krones CJ, Prescher A, Schumpelick V.

Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2003 Aug 15;128(33):1706-8. German.

Uptake of cis-4-[18 F]fluoro-L-proline in scar formation: a marker of collagen synthesis?

Zimny M, Klosterhalfen B, Conze J, Hamacher K, Fehler S, Schumpelick V, Coenen HH, Buell U.

Nucl Med Commun. 2002 Jul;23(7):695-8.

[Leiomyosarcoma of the hernial sac in inguinal hernia].

Krones CJ, Junge K, Conze J, Peiper C, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 2002 Mar;73(3):283-6.

Impact of polymer pore size on the interface scar formation in a rat model.

Klinge U, Klosterhalfen B, Birkenhauer V, Junge K, Conze J, Schumpelick V.

J Surg Res. 2002 Apr;103(2):208-14.

Inguinal tensile strength and pain level after Shouldice repair.

Peiper C, Junge K, Füting A, Bassalaý P, Conze J, Schumpelick V.

Hernia. 2001 Sep;5(3):129-34.

Modified mesh for hernia repair that is adapted to the physiology of the abdominal wall.

Klinge U, Klosterhalfen B, Conze J, Limberg W, Obolenski B, Ottinger AP, Schumpelick V.

Eur J Surg. 1998 Dec;164(12):951-60.

[Intraoperative measurement of suture forces in Shouldice repair of primary inguinal hernias].

Peiper C, Junge K, Füting A, Conze J, Bassalaý P, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 1998 Oct;69(10):1077-81; discussion 1081.

[Morphologic correlation of functional abdominal wall mechanics after mesh implantation].

Klosterhalfen B, Klinge U, Henze U, Bhardwaj R, Conze J, Schumpelick V.

Langenbecks Arch Chir. 1997;382(2):87-94.

[Value of subcutaneous drainage in repair of primary inguinal hernia. A prospective randomized study of 100 cases].

Peiper C, Conze J, Ponschek N, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 1997 Jan;68(1):63-7.

[Preperitoneal mesh-plasty in incisional hernia repair. A comparative retrospective study of 272 operated incisional hernias].

Schumpelick V, Conze J, Klinge U.

Chirurg. 1996 Oct;67(10):1028-35.

[Pathophysiology of the abdominal wall].

Klinge U, Conze J, Limberg W, Brücker C, Ottinger AP, Schumpelick V.

Chirurg. 1996 Mar;67(3):229-33.

[Palliative therapy of inoperable malignant occlusive jaundice--stent implantation or biliodigestive anastomosis].

Truong S, Conze J, Willis S, Kasperk R, Schumpelick V.

Langenbecks Arch Chir Suppl Kongressbd. 1996;113:762-6.

[Changes in abdominal wall mechanics after mesh implantation. Experimental changes in mesh stability].

Klinge U, Conze J, Klosterhalfen B, Limberg W, Obolenski B, Ottinger AP, Schumpelick V.

Langenbecks Arch Chir. 1996;381(6):323-32.

[Progressive pneumoperitoneum in treatment of inguinal and scar hernias. Results of animal experiments and clinical applications].

Willis S, Conze J, Müller S, Klosterhalfen B, Schumpelick V.

Langenbecks Arch Chir. 1996;381(3):132-7.

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