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Ther Umsch. 2012 Jan;69(1):29-32. doi: 10.1024/0040-5930/a000247.

[Current recommendations for aftercare in patients following hernia repair].

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Allgemeinchirurgische Universitätsklinik, Universitätsspital Basel.


Abdominal wall hernias, in particular inguinal hernias are the most frequently encountered entity in general surgery. Consequently, the socio-economic burden results from the in-hospital phase itself and to a considerable extent from the convalescence period. In addition to the surgical procedure and the occupation of the patient there are two factors of particular significance influencing the aftercare: the post-operative pain and the given recommendations for postoperative strain. Next to patient-factor adapted operative procedures it is therefore essential, to offer a standardized pain management and recommendations for postoperative strain. Currently there is no conclusion, whether the minimally invasive techniques will be established as the "Gold-standard", particularly from an economic point of view and the introduction of the DRG in Switzerland.

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