Incisional hernia is one of the most common postoperative complications of abdominal surgery. Recently laparoscopic repair was introduced. The aim of this study is to compare pain scores and satisfaction rates of patients performed open and laparoscopic incisional hernia repair.
Materials and Methods: A total of 164 patients were included. Group 1 (n=47) consists of patients performed laparoscopic repair and Group 2 (n=117) consists of open repair. Patients were analyzed according to demographic data, operative findings, postoperative complications and recurrence. 32 (68.08%) patients in Group 1 and 88 (75.21%) patients in Group 2 were applied to telephone survey. Pain scores and satisfaction rates of patients were compared.
Results: Fifty-one (31.1%) patients were male and 113 (68.9%) patients were female. Mean age of patients was 55.35±11.73 years. Postoperative complications were found in only 2.1% of patients in Group 1 and 23.9% of patients in Group 2 (p<0.05). Recurrence rates for Group 1 and 2 was 25.7% and 20%, respectively (p>0.05). No statistical difference was observed between groups regarding to pain scores and satisfaction rates (p>0.05).
Conclusion: Although laparoscopic repair seems to have advantages, it has no superiority to the open repair regarding pain and satisfaction.