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Inguinal hernia repair
Anesthesia type General
Airway ETT
Lines and access Peripheral IV
Monitors Standard ASA / 5-Lead EKG
Primary anesthetic considerations
Postoperative PONV, urinary retention

Surgical repair of inguinal hernias is performed to fix a defect in the abdominal wall that allows abdominal contents to protrude into the inguinal canal, and it is one of the most commonly performed surgeries worldwide. This procedure is most commonly performed laparoscopically, especially in patients with recurrent or bilateral hernias, but can be performed open as well.

Preoperative management

Patient evaluation

Adult patients presenting for laparoscopic hernia repair are usually healthy. However, this surgery can be emergent in cases of hernia incarceration or strangulation, usually requiring an open procedure.

System Considerations
  • In cases of strangulation, patients may be dehydrated from fever and emesis
  • Hb/Hct for healthy patients, otherwise as indicated from H&P

Operating room setup

Patient preparation and premedication

Regional and neuraxial techniques

Intraoperative management

Monitoring and access

Induction and airway management

  • Pre-oxygenate with 100% FiO2
  • Standard induction and intubation
    • Consider RSI in emergent cases in which patient has not been appropriately NPO


  • Supine, arms tucked

Maintenance and surgical considerations

  • Standard maintenance
    • Consider avoiding nitrous oxide given potential for bowel dissension and increased risk of PONV
  • Place OG/NG before surgical incision to decompress the stomach
  • Maintain normovolemia and normothermia


Postoperative management


  • PACU/holding area for 1-2h followed by discharge home

Pain management

  • Oral analgesics
  • Non-opioid analgesics
    • Ketoralac (Toradol)
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • IV narcotics for breakthrough pain

Potential complications

  • PONV
  • Urinary retention (consider straight catheterization of bladder prior to emergence)
  • Hemorrhage from trocar insertion
  • Subcutaneous emphysema from pneumoperitoneum

Procedure variants

Open Laparoscopic
Unique considerations Preferred for recurrent or bilateral hernias
Position Supine Supine, arms tucked
Surgical time 1-2h
EBL <50mL
Postoperative disposition 1-2h in PACU > home
Pain score 3-4
Potential complications Recurrence of hernia

Orchalgia, neuralgia

Bowel obstruction

Bladder injury (rare)