Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Zentralbl Chir. 2013 Aug;138(4):410-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1350677. Epub 2013 Aug 15.

[Hernia repair at the groin - who undergoes which surgical intervention?].

[Article in German]

Author information

  • 1Spezialisierung Hernienchirurgie, Chirurgische Praxis, Cottbus, Deutschland.



Within the Guidelines of the European Hernia Society (EHS), there are disctinct statements about where and how inguinal hernia has to be surgically approached. In ASA-I and -II patients, it is recommended to perform the operation in an outpatient clinic setting. Male patients older than 30 years of age should undergo preferably surgical intervention using a mesh. In this context, there are two basic questions: "Are these recommendations already implemented in daily surgical practice (?)" and "Are these guidelines the road to success (?)", which are to be commented based on i) data from two registries, ii) data obtained in the surgical practice of the first author and iii) a selective literature search.


An analysis was made of prospectively obtained data from two German registries (Herniamed registry [H-med]; Quality Assurance Inguinal Hernia Registry [QIHR]) and a consecutive and representative patient cohort of a single surgical practice [Surg-Pract] specialised in hernia surgery. Main results and concluding remarks are discussed in light of data reported in the literature.


Proportions of hernia repair in an outpatient clinic setting were substantially different among the 3 groups (as follows): H-med (22.3 %), QIHR (62.7 %), Surg-Pract (80.5 %) whereas the percentages of ASA-I and -II patients differed only slightly: H-med (83.4 %), QIHR (89.5 %) and Surg-Pract (88.3 %). Recurrency rates after 12 months were 0.6 % (QIHR) and 0.7 % (Surg-Pract), respectively. In Surg-Pract, for 30 % of hernia repairs, "only" suturing for reconstruction was used.


In ASA-I and -II patients, a substantial proportion of individuals can be surgically treated in an outpatient clinic setting with no disadvantages regarding high surgical quality and favourable outcome. Data from the national H-med indicated a much lower percentage of such patients than internationally reported and, in addition, a disproportionately high rate of endoscopic procedures. Moreover, reimbursement for hernia repair in an outpatient clinic setting is much worse in Germany compared with international standards, and, interestingly, there is by a factor of 1/3 an above average number of hospital beds in Germany compared with the OECD countries.

Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, New York
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk