Preoperative Considerations and Patient Optimization
Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most commonly performed operations. There was a time when every inguinal hernia was repaired, due to its risk of eventual strangulation. However, the algorithm for treatment, particularly of minimally symptomatic hernias, has changed. Like many abdominal surgeries, outcome after inguinal hernia repair can be impacted by numerous patient factors. In this chapter, we will outline some of those factors and discuss modifiable risk factors to optimize patients prior to repair.
KeywordsWatchful waiting Modifiable risk factors Tobacco Obesity MRSA Optimization
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