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Dr. med. Cidem Berger

“Competence and empathy for the patient”.

Dr. Berger has been working with Dr. Reinpold since 2005. As a longtime senior physician on his team at Groß Sand Hospital, she was able to integrate her focus on minimally invasive surgery with hernia surgery. Groß Sand Hospital was certified as the first reference center for hernia surgery in its time – a sign of the outstanding quality in this specialization.

Together with Dr. Reinpold and colleagues, Dr. Berger has developed the MILOS / EMILOS procedure. E/MILOS is the first technique that allows minimally invasive synthetic mesh implantation outside the abdominal cavity for almost all abdominal wall and incisional hernias. By avoiding large incisions and synthetic implants in the abdominal cavity, complications occur much less frequently than with conventional procedures. With a considerable number of surgeries and scientific publications, Dr. Berger has helped to establish this procedure worldwide.

In addition, Dr. Berger has exceptional experience using Botox to preoperatively treat giant abdominal wall hernias. She has significantly enriched this treatment approach with her scientific contributions at numerous professional congresses. Dr. Berger is actively involved in the European Hernia Society (EHS) guideline group. She is currently working with leading hernia surgeons from across Europe to develop guidelines for the treatment of incisional hernias.

Special experience and specialization

Personal surgical experience of over 5,000 mostly minimally invasive inguinal, abdominal wall, incisional and hiatal hernia surgeries.
Many years of expertise with the MILOS/EMILOS procedure with cosmetically minimal scars and treatment of hernias outside the abdominal cavity.
Treatment of complex hernias with surgical techniques of posterior component surgery.
Many years of experience in the use of Botox for the treatment of huge abdominal wall hernias.
Adept at using specialized ultrasound examinations of the groin and abdominal wall.

Curriculum vitae

since 2021
Oberärztin im Hamburger Hernien Centrum (HHC) – Referenzzentrum für Hernien- und Bauchwandchirurgie
2012 - 2021
Oberärztin im Wilhelmsburger Krankenhaus Groß-Sand
since 2013
Fachärztin für Visceralchirurgie
2010 - 2012
Facharztweiterbildung zur Visceralchirurgie im Bethesda Krankenhaus Bergedorf
2005 - 2010
Funktionsoberärztin im Wilhelmsburger Krankenhaus Groß-Sand
2000 - 2002
Facharztweiterbildung zur Visceralchirurgin im FEK Neumünster
Facharztanerkennung für Chirurgie
1994 - 2000
Facharztweiterbildung zur Allgemeinchirurgin im FEK Neumünster
Promotion an der CAU Kiel
1987 - 1993
Studium der Humanmedizin an der CAU Kiel


German Hernia Society (DHG)
European Hernia Society (EHS)
German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV)
Surgical Working Group Hernia Surgery of the DGAV
Association of German Surgeons (BDC)
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