A Measurement of the Ability to Drive After Different Types of Inguinal Hernia Repair

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Recovery following different types of inguinal hernia repair has been objectively assessed by measuring reaction times when the subject performs an emergency stop in a driving simulator. A control group of patients who underwent varicose vein surgery to the groin under general anaesthetic without any muscle dissection demonstrated no alteration in response times. Eighty-two percent of those who underwent laparoscopic repair and 64% of those who underwent Lichtenstein repair returned to their preoperative times by 7 days after surgery. There was no difference in recovery of response times after Lichtenstein repair performed under local or general anaesthetic, in comparison with 33% of patients after Bassini repair. These results may influence the advice given by surgeons to patients after inguinal hernia surgery.

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