Background. The extension of indications for procedures in a Day Surgery (DS) setting has led to changes in the anesthetic and surgical treatment of Inguinal Hernias (IH). According to the recommendations of the European Hernia Society, the treatment of IH in DS
units should be performed under Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC).
Patients and methods. 960 patients underwent IH repairs over a period of 24 months. The patients were randomly divided into two groups: R (remifentanil) and F (fentanyl); the group F was considered as a control group. The exclusion criteria in both group were: morbid obesity (BMI>40 or BMI>35 in association with high blood pressure or diabetes); coagulopathy; OSAS (obstructive sleep apnea syndrome) with AHI >10; cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, hepatic or metabolic disease; history of substances abuse; GERD-related esophagitis (gastro-esophageal reflux disease); chronic analgesic use; allergy to local anesthetic and ASA>III. Patients reported their level of pain on a verbal numeric scale (VNS), with scores ranging from 0 to 10. For each patient systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP), mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR) and peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) were recorded. The results are presented as the mean value ± standard deviations; statistical analysis was performed using Student’s
Results. Amongst the 960 procedures, complications or side effects related to the anesthetic techniques didn’t occur; no procedure-related complications requiring mechanical ventilation support were reported. Our research focused on evaluating remifentanil effectiveness in pain control and its impact on hemodynamic stability and respiratory function.
There was a significant difference between the two groups with regard to the VNS.
Conclusions. Remifentanil, is an excellent drug for pain control during intra-operative procedures, that allows an optimal hemodynamic stability for IH repairs in a DS setting, due to its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties and few adverse effects.
KEY WORDS: Inguinal hernia - Monitored Anesthesia Care – Remifentanil