The SAHC was founded by private initiative of physicians with an interest in hernia surgery. The SAHC sees itself as a forum for collegial, professional, scientific and practical exchange on all questions of modern hernia surgery. A major concern of the SAHC is the scientific exchange, the promotion of new treatment techniques and the safeguarding of the position of Swiss hernia surgery in the constantly changing health policy environment. At regular meetings, current developments are to be discussed critically and the exchange with other national and international professional societies intensified. In this way, the SAHC would like to make a contribution to maintaining and further developing the quality of treatment in Swiss hernia surgery.