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How are hernias repaired at the Shouldice Hospital?

How are hernias repaired at the Shouldice Hospital?

Hernia repairs at the Shouldice are done with local anesthetic, no mesh insertion, and with a long stay in their hospital to recover. Now as a confession of a conflict of interest here, I am a general surgeon who does lots of hernia repairs at a hospital about an hours drive from the Shouldice. I think 3 or 4 tomorrow in fact.

How much does an open hernia surgery cost?

Without insurance, an open hernia surgery is easily $20,000+ if not more in the states. Even with insurance in the USA, high deductibles and co-insurance means hernia surgery is still a very hefty expenditure well into the thousands, it could easily be the price of a Shouldice repair, but performed by someone with not nearly the expertise.

How often does umbilical hernia surgery take place?

Over 500,000 hernia repairs occur per year in our country (source); with such a high occurrence rate,  I was surprised to not find more personal experiences. Finding a firsthand experience from a fellow runner/athlete was near impossible.

Why was the first hernia surgery in World War 2?

It was originally founded during World War 2 to allow for young men to have their hernias repaired before going off to fight. It was then allowed special licence by the Ministry of Health to continue operating. It has been repairing hernias for decades.

How is surgical mesh used to treat hernias?

The use of surgical mesh may also improve patient outcomes through decreased operative time and minimized recovery time. However, recovery time depends on the type of hernia, the surgical approach, and the patient’s condition both before and after surgery.

How long does it take to heal from a hernia mesh surgery?

Between one and four days after surgery, patients should perform only necessary daily functions. A patient’s health affects the time it takes to recover from hernia mesh surgery. Complications can prolong a patient’s recovery time. Healing can take a full year. Pain may vary from one patient to the next.

What are the risks of surgery for a hernia?

The most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction. Some other potential adverse events that can occur following hernia repair with mesh are mesh migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction). Many complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh

What are the long term effects of mesh surgery?

Delayed and long-term complications can result from hernia mesh repair surgery where hernia mesh is implanted. Complications can include chronic pain, adhesions, bowel obstruction, infection, mesh migration and hernia recurrence.