Inguinal Hernia (More Info)
Description: Up to 50% of inguinal hernia patients present with pain or neuralgia at 1 year post operation. As many as 10% of these patients report their pain as moderate to severe. Pain experienced after an inguinal hernia repair may be appropriate, given the nature of the operation. Too often, however, chronic pain suffered by hernia patients is caused by technical errors such as nerve damage at surgery or nerve entrapment in scar tissue. It can also be difficult to analyze the chronic pain after an inguinal hernia if the patients presenting pain has not been sufficiently evaluated. Using detailed medical illustrations and an interactive learning design, this toolkit provides practical tips for both surgeons and their supporting clinical teams to reduce the errors commonly associated with malpractice claims after inguinal hernia repairs. It examines patient factors as well as injuries to the groin nerves, bladder/bowel, vessels, and vas deferens/testicles that can occur during an inguinal hernia repair. The toolkit also provides team communication tips and information on how surgical support teams, including nurses, can appropriately assess patient risk. It also outlines tips to help nurses draw on their powers of influence and persuasion to help a surgeon understand risk concerns around a procedure.
Submitted by: Advanced Practice Strategies
Added: Tue May 31 2011