- •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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Published online: March 27, 2020
Accepted: March 21, 2020
Received in revised form: February 8, 2020
Received: October 25, 2019
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