McFarlane, Michael E.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Analgesia sedation for day-case inguinal hernia repair: A review of patient acceptance and morbidity
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
The objective of this study was to determine whether analgesia-sedation improved patient acceptance of day-case herniorrhaphy and to evaluate the extent of patient morbidity. A total of 98 patients (mean age 34 years, range 17-75 years) were studied before and after herniorrhaphy to determine their response to the procedure. All patients were unpremedicated and underwent herniorrhaphy using a Bassini repair technique with a standard local anaesthetic block. Sedation was obtained with titrated intravenous midazolam(Hypnovel, Roche Products Ltd.) without narcotic analgesia. Patients were evaluated with a simple questionnaire after surgery. The maximum dose of midazolam used was 5 mg (median dose 3.5 mg). Monitoring of vital signs with pulse oximetry during the operative period was routine though oxygen therapy was not required. All patients were able to walk without assistance and were discharged under responsible supervision. Operative morbidity was low (5%). Adverse reactions to the procedure such as nausea, vomiting and headache were not seen. In conclusion, conscious sedation allows amnesia to be achieved with low morbidity in the majority of patients undergoing local anaesthetic procedures. This should result in increased patient acceptance.....