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The feasibility, safety and cost of infiltration anaesthesia for hernia repair. Hvidovre Hospital Hernia Group.

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  • T Callesen
  • K Bech
  • H Kehlet
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Data from 400 consecutive elective ambulatory operations for inguinal hernia under unmonitored local anaesthesia with limited pre-operative testing were prospectively obtained by the use of standardised files and questionnaires to assess the feasibility, patient satisfaction and potential cost reductions for such a technique. The median age of the patients was 59 years, and 29 operations were performed in ASA group III patients. The median postoperative hospital stay was 85 min. Conversion to general anaesthesia was necessary only in two cases, and nine patients needed overnight admission. One week postoperative morbidity was low with one case of transient cerebral ischaemia and one case of pneumonia, but no case of urinary retention. On follow-up, 88% were satisfied with the procedure, including unmonitored local anaesthesia. The cost reduction was at least 160 Pounds per patient compared with general/regional anaesthesia. We conclude that elective inguinal herniorrhaphy may be performed routinely under unmonitored local anaesthesia with a low postoperative morbidity, a high satisfaction rate and significant cost reductions.
Translated title of the contributionThe feasibility, safety and cost of infiltration anaesthesia for hernia repair. Hvidovre Hospital Hernia Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnaesthesia (Oxford)
Volume53
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
ISSN0003-2409
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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