Introduction: Chronic pain is the most common complication following hernia repair. Thus far, the presence of preoperative pain has been of unclear significance as a predictor of postoperative pain.
Methods: A query of the International Hernia Mesh Registry was performed to include all inguinal and ventral hernia repairs within the registry. Patients with preoperative pain were compared with patients with no preoperative pain at 1 and 6 months postoperatively to determine if preoperative pain is an independent predictor of postoperative pain. Pain was assessed using the Carolinas Comfort Scale (CCS), a survey specific for quality of life following hernia repair. The CCS allows patients to rate sensation of mesh, pain, and movement limitations on an ordinal scale of 0-5, where higher scores correlate with increased pain. The pain scores from the CCS were used for the purposes of this study. The CCS was administered preoperatively and at 1 and 6 months postoperatively. Scores were compared using the Wilcoxon rank sum test. Results were considered significant if p
Program Number: P475