Functional implications of long-term pain following outpatient inguinal herniorrhaphy-a prospective evaluation

Andrew Russ, Lee D. Faucher, Debra B. Gordon, Teresa A. Pellino, Michael J. Schurr

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Background: The purpose of the present study is to assess pain and functional outcomes at 1 y following inguinal herniorrhaphy in which patients were randomized to receive a continuous wound infusion of bupivacaine to receiving a saline infusion. Methods: Patients received saline or bupivacaine prior to incision and then for 60h postoperatively. The incidence, severity, and functional interference of pain were assessed for five postoperative days, and at 1 y. Results: Seventy patients completed a survey 1 y following herniorrhaphy. Four percent (3/72) of patients were in moderate to severe pain "almost always" or "often". Twenty-one percent (15/72) of patients experienced pain with ambulation. There was no difference between groups at 1 y. Conclusions: The incidence of moderate or severe pain is concerning 1 y following surgery. Functional aberrations associated with pain should be assessed in all studies evaluating long-term pain after herniorrhaphy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Volume169
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jul 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Groin
Herniorrhaphy
Outpatients
Pain
Bupivacaine
Incidence
Walking
Wounds and Injuries

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  • Surgery

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Functional implications of long-term pain following outpatient inguinal herniorrhaphy-a prospective evaluation. / Russ, Andrew; Faucher, Lee D.; Gordon, Debra B.; Pellino, Teresa A.; Schurr, Michael J.

In: Journal of Surgical Research, Vol. 169, No. 1, 01.07.2011, p. 25-30.

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Russ, Andrew ; Faucher, Lee D. ; Gordon, Debra B. ; Pellino, Teresa A. ; Schurr, Michael J. / Functional implications of long-term pain following outpatient inguinal herniorrhaphy-a prospective evaluation. In: Journal of Surgical Research. 2011 ; Vol. 169, No. 1. pp. 25-30.
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