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Change in the management of adult groin hernia

Authors
Journal
The American Journal of Surgery
0002-9610
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
135
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9610(78)90038-7
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Three hundred fifty-seven groin hernia repairs were performed under local anesthesia using a long-lasting local anesthetic agent. An ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, and twelfth intercostal nerve block was carried out initially, followed by regional infiltration of the agent, using a technic first described by Ponka [8] with several modifications. This technic can be employed successfully in the majority of groin hernia repairs. It requires careful attention to detail in the administration of preoperative sedation and analgesia and the use of sharp dissection only and greater gentleness in the handling of tissue. We have observed a significant reduction in postoperative discomfort and the virtual elimination of urinary retention, urinary sepsis, atelectasis, and phlebitis in these cases. All patients are fully ambulatory, without assistance immediately after surgery and the majority are discharged the same day or the following morning. This results in a marked reduction in the total cost of repairing a groin hernia.

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