Abstract The authors assess the incidence of locoregional chronic pain after inguinal hernia repair. One hundred consecutive patients, with a mean age of 65.4 years, suffering from primary monolateral inguinal hernia, underwent suture-less mesh-plug hernioplasty. In all cases the inguinal nerves were identified. In the early postoperative period, a questionnaire was given to all patients in order to assess the frequency, type and intensity of postoperative locoregional pain and the impact of the pain on their quality of life. Sixty patients were available for follow-up with clinical examination and these were given the same questionnaire 2-4 years after hernioplasty. Pain intensity was scored by means of a visual-analogue scale (from 0 to 10). The incidence of locoregional pain after hernioplasty was 13.0% in the early postoperative period and 25.0% after a longer period of follow-up. None of the patients presented recurrent hernia. The symptomatic patients reported mild or moderate neurogenic pain. Severe pain was not reported. On the whole, the presence of mild-to-moderate chronic pain had no impact on the patients' quality of life. Our study confirms the high incidence of locoregional chronic pain even after sutureless mesh-plug hernioplasty, but that this has no serious effects on the patients' quality of life.

Postoperative pain as complication of hernia surgical repair with mesh and plug [Il dolore postoperatorio come complicanza dell'ernioplastica inguinale con mesh e plug.]

PIETROLETTI, Renato;
2003

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Abstract The authors assess the incidence of locoregional chronic pain after inguinal hernia repair. One hundred consecutive patients, with a mean age of 65.4 years, suffering from primary monolateral inguinal hernia, underwent suture-less mesh-plug hernioplasty. In all cases the inguinal nerves were identified. In the early postoperative period, a questionnaire was given to all patients in order to assess the frequency, type and intensity of postoperative locoregional pain and the impact of the pain on their quality of life. Sixty patients were available for follow-up with clinical examination and these were given the same questionnaire 2-4 years after hernioplasty. Pain intensity was scored by means of a visual-analogue scale (from 0 to 10). The incidence of locoregional pain after hernioplasty was 13.0% in the early postoperative period and 25.0% after a longer period of follow-up. None of the patients presented recurrent hernia. The symptomatic patients reported mild or moderate neurogenic pain. Severe pain was not reported. On the whole, the presence of mild-to-moderate chronic pain had no impact on the patients' quality of life. Our study confirms the high incidence of locoregional chronic pain even after sutureless mesh-plug hernioplasty, but that this has no serious effects on the patients' quality of life.
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