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2020 Aug




Hospital volume and outcome in inguinal hernia repair: analysis of routine data of 133,449 patients.


Maneck M, Köckerling F, Fahlenbrach C, Heidecke CD, Heller G, Meyer HJ, Rolle U, Schuler E, Waibel B, Jeschke E, Günster C
Hernia. 2020 Aug; 24(4):747-757.
PMID: 31786700.


Inguinal hernias are repaired using either open or minimally invasive surgical techniques. For both types of surgery it has been demonstrated that a higher annual surgeon volume is associated with a lower risk of recurrence. This present study investigated the volume-outcome implications for recurrence operations, surgical complications, rate of chronic pain requiring treatment, and 30-day mortality based on the hospital volume.