Day-case or Inpatient Care Following Inguinal Hernia Repair in Elderly Patients

This study has been completed.
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Helsinki University Central Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 30, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: December 2009
History: No changes posted

The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility of day surgery for elderly patients undergoing elective open inguinal hernia repair. Medically stable patients aged 65 years or older, with postoperative care available at home, were randomized to receive treatment either as day-cases or inpatients. Younger day-case patients undergoing the same procedure served as controls. Outcome measures during two postoperative weeks were complications, unplanned admissions and visits to the hospital, unplanned visits to primary health care and patients' acceptance of the type of provided care. The investigators expected to find a higher degree of satisfaction in the patient group receiving day-case care.

Condition Intervention
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
Hernia, Inguinal
Other: day surgery care
Other: inpatient care

Study Type: Interventional
Official Title: Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Day-case and Inpatient Care Following Inguinal Hernia Repair in Elderly Patients

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Further study details as provided by Helsinki University Central Hospital:

Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Day Surgery Group Other: day surgery care
Active Comparator: Inpatient Group Other: inpatient care


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both

Inclusion Criteria:

  • referral for open repair of inguinal hernia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe comorbidity (ASA class IV, unstable ASA class III)
  • postoperative care at home not available
  • not willing to receive day-case care
  • unable to understand numeric rating scale
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01041430

Jorvi Hospital, Helsinki University Hospital
Espoo, HUS, Finland, 00029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Helsinki University Central Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT01041430     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: T102010087a
Study First Received: December 30, 2009
Last Updated: December 30, 2009
Health Authority: Finland: Data Protection Board
Finland: Ethics Committee
Finland: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hernia, Inguinal
Hernia, Abdominal
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical processed this record on March 31, 2015