Follow-up after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, can it be done by phone? A prospective study in 300 patients, the PINQ-PHONE

@article{Heuvel2015FollowupAL,
  title={Follow-up after laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, can it be done by phone? A prospective study in 300 patients, the PINQ-PHONE},
  author={Baukje van den Heuvel and Jorien A van Jarwaarde and Pieter Wichers and E. S. M. Lange de Klerk and Hendrik J Bonjer and Boudewijn J. Dwars},
  journal={Surgical Endoscopy},
  year={2015},
  volume={29},
  pages={3292-3297}
}
BackgroundThe most important long-term complications after inguinal hernia repair are chronic pain and recurrence. Previous follow-up studies showed that physical examination is the only reliable method of follow-up to detect recurrences. However, physical examination is laborious and time consuming. We designed a telephone questionnaire as a method of follow-up after laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery; the PINQ-PHONE (Post-INguinal-repair-Questionnaire by telePHONE). The aim of this study is… CONTINUE READING

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