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2022 Oct 20

Surg Endosc

A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of the effects of infusing local analgesia on post-operative pain during laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.


While it is widely accepted that laparoscopic total extraperitoneal (TEP) inguinal herniorrhaphy has decreased post-operative pain, there are conflicting data as to whether instillation of local anesthetic into the preperitoneal space improves post-operative pain in these patients. We designed a prospective study to evaluate this. Secondary outcomes include time spent in the PACU, need for narcotic pain medication, and total amount of narcotics required postoperatively.