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Surgical Management of Inguinal Hernia.


John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science.


Comparative Effectiveness Review Summary Guides for Clinicians [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2007-.
AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Reviews.
2013 Jul 24.


A systematic review of 151 clinical studies published between January 1990 and November 2011 sought to determine the comparative effectiveness and adverse effects of different surgical options for inguinal hernia in adults and children. There were 123 randomized controlled trials (RCTs), 2 registries, and 26 studies with other designs. This summary, based on the full report of research evidence, is provided to inform discussions of options with patients and to assist in decisionmaking along with consideration of a patient’s values and preferences. However, reviews of evidence should not be construed to represent clinical recommendations or guidelines. The HTML version of this clinician research summary provides links to the full report for a more detailed discussion of the studies included in each analysis. The full report and the HTML version of this clinician research summary are available at

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