The Effect of COVID-19 Pandemia Process on İnguinal Hernia Surgery

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Kozan R. , Koyuncuoğlu A. C. , Şare M.

International Gevher Nesibe Health Sciences Conference-VII, Kayseri, Turkey, 16 - 17 April 2021, pp.248-249

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Kayseri
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: 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.