Inguinal hernia repair in a developing country

Kiran K. Turaga, Nitin Garg, Molly Coeling, Kelly Smith, Bardia Amirak, Nicholas Jaszczak, Barb Elliot, James Manion, Charles Filipi

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Abstract

Hernia surgery is typically same-day surgery and can be safely conducted in a developing country. We describe a collaborative effort of the American Hernia Society, the Institute of Latin American Concerns, medical industries, the United States Peace Corps, physicians, surgical residents and nurses from many institutions. During three 5-day periods, we operated on 236 patients and repaired 252 hernias (73% inguinal). In addition, an education day for local physicians was conducted on three occasions and included televised live surgical demonstrations and interactive lectures with question and answer sessions. We suggest this to be a viable public health initiative and demonstrate the role of surgeons in advancing and providing state-of-the-art inguinal hernia surgery to a developing country and its underserved population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-298
Number of pages5
JournalHernia : the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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