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The authors categorized the results. Hernia surgery would most likely be under general surgery or undifferentiated surgery. It’s not clear why you would think that expectations from hernia surgery would be different than expectations from any other surgery. They all start from the same place – patient has medical problem, sees doctor, gets referred to surgeon, expects surgery to heal them and make them whole again. Except, of course, for amputation surgery, which is actually called out in the paper.
A scoping study is basically a broad review of how widespread a certain area of interest is being studied.
This didn’t copy over very well but you can see that they created categories and assigned each individual study to a category.
Table 1. Surgical Focus of Included Literature: Number of Studies
Orthopedic surgery General surgery Obstetric surgery Cardiac surgery Neuro-surgery Urological surgery Mixed or not defined surgery Spine surgery Reconstructive surgery
6 6 3 3 1 1 8 2 1