What is the prevalence of urinary retention following 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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Urinary retention may occur after open inguinal hernia repair, especially in middle-aged and elderly male patients with prostatic enlargement. In a meta-analysis of 72 studies, the incidence of urinary retention after herniorrhaphy was 0.37% (33 of 8991 patients) with local anesthesia, 2.42% (150 of 6191 patients) with regional anesthesia, and 3% (344 of 11,471 patients) with general anesthesia. [5] Such retention is said to be due to the inhibitory effect of regional and general anesthesia on bladder function.

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