Laparoscopic hernia repair is safe and effective and may result in less postoperative pain and faster recuperation compared with traditional open hernia repairs. Controversy exists as to the increased cost associated with laparoscopic repairs. The purpose of this study was to quantify and compare the cost of the totally extraperitoneal (TEP) laparoscopic repair and the tension-free Lichtenstein repair at teaching hospitals. The records of consecutive TEP (n = 28) and Lichtenstein (n = 28) repairs performed at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Zale-Lipshy University Hospital were reviewed. A detailed cost analysis was performed. Total patient charge ($5,509 vs. $3,999) and total cost ($2,861 vs. $2,009) were higher for TEP versus Lichtenstein repairs, respectively (P < 0.05). Operative time and complications were similar for both groups. Return to full activity (15 vs. 34 days) was faster for TEP versus Lichtenstein repairs, respectively (P < 0.05). Of 9 patients in the TEP group who had previously undergone an open hernia repair, 8 (89%) preferred the laparoscopic approach. The laparoscopic TEP repair costs $852 more than the Lichtenstein repair. The TEP repair results in faster recuperation. Patient preference and faster recuperation may offset the increased cost associated with laparoscopic hernia repair.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2003|
- Cost analysis
- Hernia repair
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