Day-case laparoscopic hernia repair

Br J Surg. 1996 Oct;83(10):1361-3. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800831010.


Some 114 patients (median age 52 years) underwent laparoscopic hernia repair as a day-case procedure. Twenty-one patients had bilateral and 11 recurrent hernias. Some 113 patients underwent transabdominal preperitoneal mesh repair but one required conversion to open operation. Mean operating time was 24 min for unilateral and 38 min for bilateral repair. In an operating session of 3.5 h, up to five patients (mean 4.4) underwent surgery and as many as seven hernias were repaired. More than 10 per cent of patients were found to have a previously undiagnosed hernia on the opposite side. A total of 111 patients were discharged home on the day of surgery. Major complications included one omental bleed and one small bowel obstruction. Seroma was the commonest minor complication and occurred in 7 per cent of patients. More than 35 per cent of patients needed no postoperative analgesia. To date there has been one recurrence (follow-up range 2-18 months).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
  • Herniorrhaphy*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / adverse effects
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence