This article is part of the supplement: Selected articles from the XXV National Congress of the Italian Society of Geriatric Surgery

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Feasibility of inguinal hernioplasty under local anaesthesia in elderly patients

Bruno Amato1*, Rita Compagna1, Gianni Antonio Della Corte1, Giovanni Martino1, Tommaso Bianco1, Guido Coretti1, Roberto Rossi1, Francesca Fappiano1, Giovanni Aprea1 and Alessandro Puzziello2

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1 Department of General, Geriatric, Oncologic Surgery and Advanced Technologies, University of Naples Federico II, Via S. Pansini,5 – 801311 Napoli, Italy

2 Departmet of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University Magna Graecia, Catanzaro, Italy

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BMC Surgery 2012, 12(Suppl 1):S2  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-12-S1-S2

Published: 15 November 2012



The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and the safety of hernioplasty under local anaesthesia in elderly patients with significant comorbidity.


A total of 218 patients underwent inguinal hernia repair with mesh between June 2009 and July 2012. Presence of comorbid conditions and complications were compared between patients younger and older than 70 years.


Hernia repair in older patients were more likely associated with comorbid conditions than in their younger counterparts ( hypertension: 25% vs 8.16%; cardiovascular diseases: 50% vs 22%; benign prostatic hypertrophy 60% vs 30%). The most common postoperative complications in both groups were recurrence, wound infection, urinary retention. There was a slightly higher rate of complication in elderly group.


Inguinal hernia repair with local anaesthesia is quite safe and results in a good success rate in elderly patients despite a higher rate of comorbidity typical of this kind of patient.