Do drain tubes help reduce risks of post-operative complications in complex incisional hernia repair (as defined by a recent court ruling)?
Yuchen Luo, Durr-E-Nayab Masood, Sara Mohammed Jinnaah, Mark Tacey, Russell Hodgson
ANZ Journal of Surgery | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: A recent legal case described in the ANZ Journal of Surgery has sparked significant topical interest in drain tube use in incisional hernia repairs in Australia. This study reviews a single centre experience of drain tube use in incisional hernia repair. METHODS: Data from online clinical records was collected retrospectively from patients that underwent incisional hernia repair from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017. 'Complexity' factors of smoking, obesity and lower midline incision (as identified by the legal case) were also used to stratify groups. RESULTS: A total of 410 incisional hernia repair cases were identified during the 5-year period. Median length of stay of the no..View full abstract