Imad Marzak, Mohammed Anass Majbar, Kholoud Houssaini, Amine Benkabbou, Amine Souadka, Raouf Mohsine, Mohamed Raiss, Abdelmalek Hrora
Background: Over 20 million inguinal hernia repairs are performed in the world every year. These repairs require the use of various techniques. In Morocco, there is a prominent disparity in terms of types of structure, human assets and available equipment, patient selection, and perioperative management protocols. The goal of this study was to audit the results of the surgical treatment of inguinal hernia repairs in adults in Morocco.
Methods: This nationwide cross-sectional prospective study has been conducted by the Moroccan Society of Surgery (la Société Marocaine de Chirurgie) and the Moroccan Society of Digestive Surgery (la Société Marocaine de Chirurgie Digestive). It included male patients aged 18 and above, with an inguinal hernia that has been clinically diagnosed by a surgeon and repaired during the recruitment phase that extends over a period of 30 days. The measured variables consist of the anesthesia type, preoperative antibiotic treatment, surgical technique, length of in-hospital stay and intraoperative and postoperative complications up to 30 days.
Results: The response rate of the survey was 88.78% which led to the study of 95 cases. 12 patients (12.6%) received general anesthesia , 82 patients (86,3%) regional anesthesia , and 1 patient (1.1%) local anesthesia. No prophylactic antibiotics were prescribed to 14.7% of the patients while they were systematically administered to 84.2% of the patients at the induction, and a few days prior to surgery for one patient. Various approaches were used to repair the inguinal hernia. 83.2% of the patients were operated with the Lichtenstein technique. Laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal approach (TAPP) was performed on 11.6% of the patients. Outpatient surgery was performed on 2.1% of the patients. 12 patients developed a postoperative seroma, of which 5 patients were operated using laparoscopic TAPP. Only 2 patients previously operated using the Lichtenstein open mesh repairs have developed a postoperative hematoma. 1 patient (1.1%) died postoperatively.
Conclusion: This study showed disparities in the perioperative management of inguinal hernia in Morocco. Potential improvement opportunities were determined through the conducted nationwide study. In this regard, scholarly societies could play a significant role by programming ongoing training sessions, with the aim of sensitizing surgeons to the best practice of inguinal hernia repair.
Keywords: Inguinal Hernia, laparoscopic Repair, Lichtenstein Repair, Morocco, Surgical Audit