International Gevher Nesibe Health Sciences Conference-VII, Kayseri, Turkey, 16 - 17 April 2021, pp.248-249
The Covid-19 pandemic had inevitable effects on surgical treatments as in every field in our country.
In this study, it was aimed to evaluate the effect of pandemic process on inguinal hernia surgery.
The data of patients who were operated for inguinal hernia between March 01, 2011 and February 28, 2021
were retrospectively analyzed. All cases of emergency and elective hernia surgery in the adult age group were
included in the study. The number of operations performed in 12-month periods between these dates and the
type of surgical approach (conventional or laparoscopic) were recorded. The data of the pandemic period of 1
year after March 2020, the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in our country, were compared with the data
of 9 years before the pandemic.
The total number of inguinal hernia surgeries in the 10-year period covered by the study was 1485. While the
annual average number was 152.11 ± 29.09 (median 145, range 110-205) in the 9-year period before the
pandemic, it was observed that this number decreased to 116 during the pandemic period. While the number of laparoscopic operations in the last 2 years before the pandemic was 17 and 25, respectively, it was observed
that 31 laparoscopic surgeries were performed during the pandemic period.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused the number of operations in inguinal hernia surgery to decrease by
approximately 24% compared to the averages of the previous years. On the other hand, with the minimally
invasive approach, inguinal hernia surgery has maintained its increasing momentum. Routinely performing the
Covid-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test prior to surgery and choosing laparoscopy in negative test
cases are effective in the emergence of this result.