Laparoscopic versus open repair of inguinal hernia

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7026.309 (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:309

Paper should have put more emphasis on benefits of laparoscopic repair

  1. M H Ornstein
  1. General surgeon 136 Harley Street, London WIN 1AH

    EDITOR,—Kate Lawrence and colleagues report excellent early results of their trial comparing laparoscopic with open hernia repair and show that patients prefer laparoscopic repair.1 With only 125 subjects, they found significant benefits in terms of pain scores and quality of life assessments in the early postoperative period after laparoscopic repair. They rightly conclude, however, that the single important criterion for success in hernia repair is the recurrence rate and that a far larger sample will have to be followed …

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