VOLUME 33 - NUMBER 5 - 2012

Iliohypogastric neurectomy in the prevention of postoperative pain following inguinal hernioplasty

  • Zanghì G., Di Stefano G., Arena M., Di Dio D., Basile F.
  • Clinical practice, 172-174
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  • Chronic postoperative pain is a common complication of inguinal hernia repair. An important Danish study revealed that 28.7% of patients undergoing hernioplasty suffered a varying degree of chronic pain, severe enough to interfere with normal daily activities in 11% of cases. The difficulty in treating this complication has led numerous surgeons to complete the surgical procedure ilioinguinal or iliohypogastric neurectomy. This method is proving effective in preventing the onset of chronic postoperative pain. We report the results obtained in patients undergoing neurectomy of the iliohypogastric nerve during anterior inguinal hernioplasty.

  • KEY WORDS: Inguinal hernioplasty - Neurectomy.