Variation of laparoscopic hernia repair in Scotland: a postcode lottery?

  title={Variation of laparoscopic hernia repair in Scotland: a postcode lottery?},
  author={Andrea Stevenson and Stephen J. Nixon and S. Paterson-Brown},
  journal={The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland},
  volume={8 3},
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The laparoscopic approach is now recommended by NICE as the preferred technique for repair of bilateral and recurrent inguinal hernia and an accepted option for unilateral hernia. This study was set up to examine whether patients across Scotland had equal access to this method of treatment. METHODS Information was collected on laparoscopic hernia repairs in adults at all acute general NHS hospitals in Scotland between the financial years 1997/8 and 2007/8. Private… CONTINUE READING
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