Archive Abdominal Surgery 2007

Efficient Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

The minimally invasive approach may gain popularity thanks to Medicare's changes.

Nathan Hall, Associate Editor

If you're not doing laparoscopic hernia repair, it's easy to see why.

  • The learning curve for surgeons is steep.
  • A study found that laparoscopic repair was inferior to open mesh procedures (see "Grading on a Steep Curve" on page 12).
  • And reimbursement rates for these procedures are sparse when they're performed in freestanding surgery centers.
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