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Data and outcome of inguinal hernia repair in hernia registers - a review of the literature.


ABSTRACT: Register-based observational studies in inguinal hernia repair deliver real-world data from very large patient populations and give answers to important clinical questions never evaluated in randomized controlled trials. Data from hernia registers can provide evidence of effectiveness of therapies in the general population. Hernia registers with high case load have existed in Sweden since 1992, in Denmark since 1998, and in Germany/Austria/Switzerland since 2009. In this review, the most important findings of register-based observational studies in inguinal hernia repair are presented. After an intensive literature search, 85 articles are relevant for this review. Numerous findings from these register-based studies have been incorporated into the various guidelines on inguinal hernia repair. These highlight the particular importance of hernia registers in answering key scientific and clinical questions in hernia surgery. The myriad of surgical techniques described - spanning more than 100 and with ongoing new additions - as well as the large number of associated medical devices call for, more than in other surgical disciplines, meticulous documentation of the methods used for the treatment of inguinal hernias.

SUBMITTER: Kockerling F 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6754003 | BioStudies | 2017-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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