Laparoscopic versus open inguinal hernia repair on patients over 75 years of age
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Aim: In this prospective study, we aimed at comparing the laparoscopic and conventional open inguinal hernia repair procedures in the population over 75 years of age. Materials and methods: The medical data of 108 patients over 75 years of age who presented with inguinal hernia and underwent surgical treatment between July 2008 and December 2012 in Safa Hospital, General Surgery Department were prospectively recorded. Results: The mean age of patients in the open procedure group (n=75) and in the laparoscopic group (n=33) was 82 and 81 years, respectively. The mean American Society of Anaesthesiologists score was 2-7 in the open group and 2-4 in the laparoscopic group (P<0.005). There was no statistically significant difference between the groups with respect to perioperative complications. There was no mortality. Conclusion: Similar to the outcome of open procedure, laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair can safely be performed without an increase in morbidity and mortality in the advanced age population.
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