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Laparoscopy linked to lower surgical infections for hernia surgery

Key clinical point: Laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair (UHR) resulted in lower rates of wound complications in patients with obesity.

Major finding: Composite superficial site infection rates were 1.9% for the open group versus 1.1% for the laparoscopic group.

Study details: Retrospective cohort study of 12,026 obese patients who had UHR in the 2016 National Surgical Quality Improvement Database.

Disclosures: Dr. Williams has no financial relationships to disclose.


Williams K et al. SAGES 2019, Abstract S099.