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Enhancing life after surgery: Quality of life assessment in incisional hernia repair – a literature reviewng life after surgery: Quality of life assessment in incisional hernia repair – a literature review

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Incisional hernia, a type of ventral hernia, occurs when tissues or organs protrude through a weakened abdominal wall area, often at a previous surgical site. Incidences range from 3% to 20%, with risk factors including obesity, infections, age, male sex, and smoking. Symptoms like pain, discomfort, and limited mobility negatively impact patients’ quality of life (QOL), necessitating effective QOL assessments post-surgery. Assessing QOL helps gauge patient satisfaction, functionality, and identify surgery-related limitations. Current QOL tools include generic ones, like EuroQol-5D and SF-36, and hernia-specific ones, like EuraHS-QoL, HerQLes, and Carolinas Comfort Scale. These tools vary in focus from general health to hernia-specific issues such as pain, mobility, and emotional well-being. Emerging trends in QOL assessment emphasize patient-reported outcomes, the integration of technology, and long-term follow-up, aiming to enhance patient care and treatment outcomes. The review underscores the need for a standardized, patient inclusive QOL assessment tool for incisional hernia repair.
Keywords: patient-centered outcomes, quality-of-life, EuraHS-QL, abdominal wall reconstruction.

Full text sources https://doi.org/10.31688/ABMU.2024.59.2.08
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Mandi DM, Giuvara D-E, Popa A, Turluianu R, Burcos T. Enhancing life after surgery: quality of life assessment in incisional hernia repair – a literature review. Arch Balk Med Union. 2024;59(2):211-218. https://doi.org/10.31688/ABMU.2024.59.2.08