Advice on driving after groin hernia surgery in the United Kingdom: questionnaire survey

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 28 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1056
  1. Wael Ismail, locum consultant surgeon (,
  2. Stephanie J C Taylor, senior clinical lecturer in health services research and developmentb,
  3. Emma Beddow, senior house officer in general surgeryc
  1. a Surgical Directorate, Havering Hospitals NHS Trust, Harold Wood Hospital, Romford RM3 0BE,
  2. b Department of General Practice and Primary Care, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, London E1 4NS,
  3. c Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1A 7BE
  1. Correspondence to: W Ismail
  • Accepted 14 June 2000

Editorial by Amid

Ambulatory surgery using modern repair techniques has changed the pattern of convalescence after repair of groin hernia by reducing postoperative pain and allowing early mobility.1 Driving after herniorrhaphy has potential safety, financial, and social implications. We surveyed the advice given to patients on driving after groin hernia surgery.

Subjects, methods, and results

In 1998 we sent a questionnaire covering various aspects of hernia repair to a random sample of 200 consultant general surgeons in the United Kingdom selected from a list provided by the Royal College of Surgeons. A similar questionnaire was sent to the general managers of 30 day surgery units randomly selected from a list provided by the British Association of Day Surgery. We report their responses to questions concerning advice on driving after repair of groin hernia (under …

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