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.
Prospective analysis of the elective and emergency paediatric surgical services provided by a single surgeon in a regional university hospital to determine the volume and nature of general paediatric operative procedures performed.There were 126 operative procedures performed on patients less than 16 years of age during a 12-month period, accounting for 22.8 % of all operations. There were 56 emergency (44.4 %) and 70 elective procedures (55.5 %). The median age was 4.7 years (median age for emergencies 5.4 years, median age for elective surgery 3.8 years). Paediatric operations accounted for 23.4 % of all emergency and 26.2 % of all elective operations.