J Surg Res 2021 May 11;266:88-95. Epub 2021 May 11.
North Texas VA Healthcare System, Department of Surgery, Dallas, Texas; Department of Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; University of Texas Southwestern, Surgical Center for Outcomes, Implementation, and Novel Interventions (S-COIN), Dallas, Texas.
Background: The optimal anesthesia modality for umbilical hernia repair is unclear. We hypothesized that using local rather than general anesthesia would be associated with improved outcomes, especially for frail patients.
Methods: We utilized the 1998-2018 Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program to identify patients who underwent elective, open umbilical hernia repair under general or local anesthesia. Read More