Assessment of the Effectiveness of Surgical Management in Sportsperson’s Hernia – Role of Global Outcome Assessment Tool

P C Munipalle, M Adamson, T Garud, Y K S Viswanath

BMI Woodlands Physiotherapy Unit & South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough, UK

Surgical repair of sportsperson’s hernia is an accepted mode of treatment. Patient perception of the outcomes of laparoscopic repair is integral for internal quality control of the procedure. Global outcome assessment is a tool correlating highly with other validated tools like Core Outcome Measures Index (COMI) for surgical repair of inguinal hernia. We have employed this tool for the cohort of patients undergoing surgical repair of sportsperson’s hernia with the aim of assessing it’s the applicability.

Consecutive patients undergoing TAPP repair of sportsperson’s hernia in a single specialist centre over a period of 6 months were studied. Global outcome measures in 4 domains (How much did the surgery help, satisfaction with treatment, patient reported complications and bothersome of complications) across 5 point Likert scale were collected through a questionnaire.

A total of 14 patients were studied, with 100% responsiveness. 12 patients rated the surgery as ‘helped a lot – helped’; 13 as ‘very satisfied – somewhat satisfied’. Four patients reported complications but they were bothersome in only one patient.

Global assessment outcome tool is an easy to use tool for patients undergoing laparoscopic repair of Sportsperson’s hernia. This simple tool showed significant improvement in this cohort of patients. Larger studies may help further assess the validity and reproducibility of this tool across various operative techniques for the management of sportspersons’ hernia.

Session: Poster Presentation

Program Number: P287

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