Hernia Journal Special Issue on Chronic Pain
Another Editorial about the Special Issue of Hernia dedicated to chronic pain has come out. I assume that this person or one of them is the new Editor.
I’m not really sure what message the authors were trying to convey except to acknowledge that the problem is real. It ends vaguely, like Dr. Campanneli’s last Editorial, with no substantive recommendations, a slight downplaying of the magnitude of the problem, and a nonsensical statement saying “We sincerely hope that old adagium of us hernia surgeons “…pain after hernia is always temporary…” is history.” If it’s not temporary then it’s permanent. I think that they chose the wrong adagium or misinterpreted it.
It will be interesting to see what comes out in the full journal. I really hope that at least one author suggests some means of prevention or improvement of the mesh itself. I suspect that most surgeons don’t really think much about the qualities of the mesh though, except as a piece of plastic fabric, they think that they are essentially all the same.
Published: 03 February 2023
Pain following hernia repair: awareness is crucial
W. A. R. Zwaans, M. J. A. Loos, M. R. M. Scheltinga & R. M. H. Roumen
Final paragraph –
“Pain following hernia repair is undesirable. However, it is a given fact that CPIP may occur occasionally. There is a serious need for more high level evidence regarding diagnosis and treatment of CPIP. Future collaborations and prospective data registries as well as the present special HERNIA pain issue may aid in seriously considering this stubborn relationship. We sincerely hope that old adagium of us hernia surgeons “…pain after hernia is always temporary…” is history.”
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