P. Smart MBBS, FRACS; L. Castles, MBBS, FRACS.
Quantifying the cost of laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
Article first published online: 11 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Authors. ANZ Journal of Surgery © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
ANZ Journal of Surgery
Volume 82, Issue 11, pages 809–812, November 2012
How to Cite
Smart, P. and Castles, L. (2012), Quantifying the cost of laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 82: 809–812. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2012.06189.x
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 11 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 DEC 2011
- cost analysis;
- health resources;
- inguinal hernia;
- laparoscopic surgery
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair has been widely adopted. While the clinical advantages and disadvantages are well-quantified, the economic cost is less well-studied.
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.
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair requires 11-min (21%) extra theatre time and costs $1268 (370%) more for single-use disposable equipment and prostheses.
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.