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Research Article

Variation in hospital stay after inguinal herniorrhaphy.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 24 March 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:787
  1. M Griffiths,
  2. W E Waters,
  3. E D Acheson


    A study was carried out of 1086 men aged 16-65 inclusive who were admitted under nine consultants to eight hospitals in Wessex for elective repair of an inguinal hernia. The mean postoperative stay was 5.7 +/- SD 2.7 days. For different consultants operating at any one hospital the mean postoperative stays were similar, whereas for consultants who operated at more than one hospital they were significantly different. The postoperative stay was also significantly related to the size of the hospital, development of postoperative complications, time spent on the waiting list, type of repair used, bilateral herniorrhapy, and the use of convalescent facilities. The hospital therefore appears to exercise a greater influence in determining the mean postoperative stay than does the individual consultant.