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Minerva Chirurgica 2000 October;55(10):681-6

language: Italian

Short stay surgery for inguinal hernia repair

Vasquez G., Zandi G., Ortolani M., Feo C. V., Bertasi M., Zamboni P., Liboni A.


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Background. To evaluate the hespital stay, morbidity, and patients' compliance for short stay inguinal hernia repair.
Methods. Retrospective analysis of 669 patients (594 men and 75 women) who underwent short stay inguinal hernia repair (706 inguinal and 45 femoral repairs) at the Institute of General Surgery, University of Ferrara. Mean age was 60.7 years (range, 18-84 years). The anesthesia was: loco-regional in 495 patients (74%) and general or epidural in 174 (26%).
Results. Mean hospital stay was 1.2 days. Postoperative complications were: three scrotal hematomas, two ischemic orchitis, three prosthetic infections, one local anesthetic intolerance, and three high fever. Eighty-five percent of patients were satisfied of the surgical procedure in short hospital stay. Mean follow-up was 36 months.
Conclusions. Short hospital stay in inguinal hernia repair is safe, effective, and widely accepted by patients.

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