Abdominal Wall Hernia in the Elderly

  • Seth A. Spector
  • Ronnie A. Rosenthal


Abdominal wall hernia repair is the most common surgical procedure in the United States. More than 500,000 herniorrhaphies are performed annually. The incidence of groin hernias, the most common type of abdominal wall hernia, in men over age 65 is approximately 13 per 1000 population.1 The incidence in women is 12–25% that of men. In a British study of more than 30,000 inguinal hernia repairs, 27% were in an elderly population; 85.5% of these cases were elective repairs on patients age 65 or older, and the remaining 14.5% were classified as emergency procedures.2


Hernia Repair Inguinal Hernia Inguinal Hernia Repair Femoral Hernia Groin Hernia 
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  • Ronnie A. Rosenthal

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