6.1 Documentation and data protection

To put this project into practice, an online database was developed by specialists, into which for each patient important data are entered in anonymized form (for example, risk factors, location and size of hernia, surgical technique used, complications during or immediately after surgery). Patients are followed up at intervals of one year, five years and ten years and the follow-up data are also entered into the database (see below).
Documentation and data entry are effected in anonymized manner in compliance with the legally binding provisions of data protection so that in no case can conclusions be drawn from the data about the actual patient.