Purpose: Robot-assisted groin hernia repair is becoming more popular in recent years but may remove operations from surgical trainees. We aimed to investigate the educational level of the surgeons who performed robot-assisted groin hernia repair and the rate of supervision and compare this to open and laparoscopic groin hernia repair. Methods: This register-based study was reported according to the RECORD statement and used linked data from the Danish Hernia Database and the Danish Patient Safety Authority’s Online Register. We included surgeons that performed robot-assisted, laparoscopic, and/or open groin hernia repairs performed between January 1, 2015, and June 15, 2021 in Denmark. Results: A total of 916 surgeons performing 43,856 groin hernia repairs were included in this study. Surgical specialists performed 98% of the robot-assisted groin hernia repairs, 89% of the laparoscopic repairs (p < 0.0001), and 54% of the Lichtenstein repairs (p < 0.0001). Only 5% of the robot-assisted groin hernia repairs were supervised compared with 11% of the laparoscopic repairs (p < 0.0001) and 28% of the open repairs (p < 0.0001). Conclusion: Almost all groin hernia repairs performed with the robot-assisted technique were performed by surgeons specialized in general surgery. The proportions of surgeons specialized in surgery were higher for robot-assisted operations compared with laparoscopic or open groin hernia surgery. Thus, our data suggest a lack of involvement of surgeons in training, and this diminishes the educational potential in the pool of groin hernia operations by the use of robot-assisted repairs.
|Journal||Hernia : the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2022|
- Herniorrhaphy/adverse effects
- Cohort Studies
- Hernia, Inguinal/surgery