Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Keyhole hernia op: more complications than open surgery
About the author: 
WDDTY Team

New research from the UK has prompted calls for a curtailment of laparoscopic hernia repairs, in favour of general surgery

New research from the UK has prompted calls for a curtailment of laparoscopic hernia repairs, in favour of general surgery.

In a large, multicentre, randomised trial conducted by the Medical Research Council Laparoscopic Hernia Group, laparoscopic surgery (using a type of endoscope through a small cut in the abdominal wall) was compared with open surgery in more than 900 patients. Some of their findings such as the fact that laparoscopic patients experienced less pain and could return to work earlier were not unique.

But what was startling was the high rate of serious complications and hernia recurrences from the less invasive surgery.

The recorded complications took the form of nerve damage, bladder injury and vascular injury. While there were seven recurrences of hernia during the one year follow up in the laparoscopic group, there were none in the open surgery group.

Interestingly, surgeons in the laparoscopic group tended to be more senior, throwing doubt on the commonly held belief that it is practitioner inexperience which leads to complications after keyhole procedures (Lancet, 1999; 354: 185-90).


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved