American Hernia Society is a nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the science and treatment of hernia. They hold hernia education conferences for surgeons, including the AHS Annual Meeting. The Society also collaborates with similar interest groups around the world, maintains a journal/newsletter on hernia abnormalities, and is involved with related scientific projects.
The American Hernia Society has little information available for hernia repair patients. Under the website’s “Patient Education” section, there is an advisory stating they are not able to answer individual health questions. In lieu of that, they offer the “Find a Surgeon” feature where patients can search for individual hernia repair surgeons by name or browse multiple surgeons by U.S. state. There are also frequently asked questions that cover a variety of hernia-related topics.
The AHS website seems to far offer more information for surgeons than for patients. Surgeons can read the full issue of the Society-sponsored Journal Hernia online. They can also browse a video library for more visual aids. The website features important resources for surgeons including practice advisories, guidelines, and grant applications.
Membership to the AHS is for surgeons, only. Some of the benefits of membership include:
- Discounted registration at AHS meetings
- Online member search
- Journal Hernia
- Access and participation in AHSQC
The American Hernia Society Quality Collaborative strives to improve hernia care for patients and optimize costs. It’s fueled by patient-centered data and ongoing performance feedback.