Quantifying the cost of laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair

Authors


  • P. Smart MBBS, FRACS; L. Castles, MBBS, FRACS.

Correspondence

Dr Philip Smart, Department of Surgery, Austin Health, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg, Vic. 3084, Australia. Email: philip.smart@austin.org.au

Abstract

Background

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair has been widely adopted. While the clinical advantages and disadvantages are well-quantified, the economic cost is less well-studied.

Methods

A retrospective audit and case review of a single-centre public hospital consecutive case series was performed using data captured from real-time stock usage tracking technology and review of electronic medical records.

Results

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair requires 11-min (21%) extra theatre time and costs $1268 (370%) more for single-use disposable equipment and prostheses.

Conclusions

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair does not require significantly more theatre time, but has a higher short-term in-hospital cost. Repair technique should be tailored according to patient factors.

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