Previous research has shown that the repair of a recurrent inguinal hernia is subject to a greater risk of additional recurrence. Further, bilateral inguinal hernia is subject to a greater recurrence risk than unilateral inguinal hernia. These increased risks may be due to certain anatomical difficulties that complicate the surgical approach in these types of patients. Some clinicians have suggested that laparoscopic approaches are better suited to recurrent and bilateral hernias, and in we delineate separate comparisons for primary, bilateral, and recurrent hernia.
This comparative study examines the categorisation of patients undergoing surgical repair of inguinal hernia in the diagnosis-related group (DRG) systems of 11 European countries (Austria, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden). Understanding the design and operation of DRG systems for this common surgical procedure is important, given their increasing use internationally for hospital reimbursement and performance measurement.The categorisation of inguinal hernia patients varies across the 11 European DRG systems under study.