What types of anesthesia are used during an open inguinal hernia repair?

Updated: Jan 17, 2018
  • Author: Vinay Kumar Kapoor, MBBS, MS, FRCS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Inguinal hernia repair can be performed with the following types of anesthesia:

  • General
  • Regional (spinal epidural)
  • Local (infiltration field block)

For Lichtenstein hernioplasty, local anesthesia is safe and generally preferable. Antibiotic prophylaxis is not routinely indicated in low-risk cases but may be considered when risk factors are present.

See Periprocedural Care for more detail.

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