Which providers should not perform surgical repair of abdominal inguinal hernias in children?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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A surgeon who is unfamiliar with the tissue characteristics and metabolic and psychological needs of children or who does not have a skilled pediatric anesthesiologist available should not attempt a hernia operation in a young child. Older children usually have general inhalation anesthesia, whereas some anesthesia providers use spinal or continuous caudal anesthesia with preterm infants. Preemptive regional anesthesia, by ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve block or by caudal block, decreases postoperative discomfort.


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