Does Surgery for Inguinal Hernia Impair Male Fertility? - AV HOSPITAL

Does Surgery for Inguinal Hernia Impair Male Fertility?

Inguinal Hernia Male Fertility

Inguinal hernia is the hernia which develops near the groin area. Inguinal Hernia makes up 75% of all abdominal wall hernias and occurs 25 times more often in men than women. It can affect people of all ages.

A study was conducted regarding fertility outcomes after inguinal hernia surgery. This was conducted in 32,621 Danish male inguinal hernia patients operated with mesh repair and 97,805 matched men who had not undergone the surgery. This was published recently in Annals of Surgery.

The main outcome measure of this study was the number of children per 1000 men, with follow-up time ranging from 0 to 14.3 years. The variables included in the study were unilateral (one sided) versus bilateral (both sided) herniorrhaphy, type of procedure (open or laparoscopic approach) and the age of the patient. After adjusting for the large number of potential subgroups, patients who had the unilateral open technique had slightly more children (161 vs 151 per 1000 patients). No group of patients experienced a decreased fertility rate. On the basis of this study, it can be reassured that patients having a hernia operation will not reduce their chances of having children.

A.V.Hospital is recognised as Center of Excellence in Hernia surgery by Hernia Society of India. All types of complex hernia operations are performed here. Laparoscopic hernia surgery is associated with less pain, early return to work, less bleeding and is more cosmetic. Patients are required to stay one day in the hospital.

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