When is inpatient care indicated in the treatment of pediatric hernias?

Updated: Oct 31, 2018
  • Author: Andre Hebra, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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  • Most patients who undergo elective repair of an inguinal or umbilical hernia are discharged from the hospital shortly after surgery. Overnight observation is indicated only in small premature babies who are at risk for postoperative apnea. Such patients are usually admitted for 24-hour observation and monitoring in the hospital.

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