Research Article| Volume 219, ISSUE 5, P874-878, May 2020

Incisional hernia repair surgery improves patient reported outcomes


      • Incisional hernias cause symptoms of pain, depression and decreased quality of life.
      • Health related quality of life (HRQoL) can be measured by patient reported outcomes.
      • Patients with poor pre-operative health made significant gains in HRQoL.
      • Prolonged wait times did not affect incisional hernia repair HRQoL.



      Incisional hernias are a frequent complication after abdominal surgeries. The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of incisional hernia repair on health related quality of life.


      We prospectively recruited a sample of patients waiting for incisional hernia repairs in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Canada. Study participants self-report their pain, depression and overall quality of life using patient reported outcome measures EQ-5D, PHQ-9 and PEG as they were placed on the waitlist and 6 months after surgery.


      There were 87 patients who responded to both the pre and post-operative survey. The average wait for surgery was 20.3 weeks. Patients with poor baseline health pre-operatively had significant improvement in pain, depression and quality of life.


      Among patients with poorer baseline health who underwent surgery for incisional hernias, there was a significant benefit in depression, pain and overall quality of life.


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