
Weight guidelines for nomesh hernia repair
Most practitioners of nonmesh hernia repair have strict weight limits for patient eligibility for a tissue repair for groin hernias. Generally speaking, you must not be overweight and you must have a regular BMI. In researching this matter, I came across a surgeon who used to work at Shouldice and now works at Stony Brook in NY, where these weight limits are discussed in a blogpost.
I do not know if this data is universally applicable or unique to Shouldice or that specific practitioner, but it may be helpful information.
I hope it’s OK to replicate this data here, it will not paste in a table format but you should be able to see the height and corresponding maximum weight for men and women of different body frame sizes. The source of the data is here if you wish to see it in table format: https://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/surgery/blog/faqsabouttheshouldiceherniarepair
For Men
Body Frame Size
Height
Small
Medium
Large
5’2″
148 lb
155 lb
166 lb
5’3″
150 lb
158 lb
170 lb
5’4″
152 lb
161 lb
174 lb
5’5″
155 lb
164 lb
178 lb
5’6″
158 lb
167 lb
182 lb
5’7″
161 lb
170 lb
186 lb
5’8″
164 lb
173 lb
190 lb
5’9″
167 lb
176 lb
194 lb
5’10”
170 lb
180 lb
198 lb
5’11”
174 lb
184 lb
202 lb
6’0″
178 lb
188 lb
207 lb
6’1″
182 lb
192 lb
212 lb
6’2″
186 lb
197 lb
217 lb
6’3″
190 lb
201 lb
221 lb
6’4″
194 lb
205 lb
225 lb
6’5″
198 lb
209 lb
229 lb
6’6″
204 lb
221 lb
233 lb
6’7″
208 lb
225 lb
237 lbFor Women
Body Frame Size
Height
Small
Medium
Large
4’10”
125 lb
136 lb
147 lb
4’11”
128 lb
139 lb
150 lb
5’0″
131 lb
142 lb
153 lb
5’1″
134 lb
145 lb
157 lb
5’2″
137 lb
148 lb
161 lb
5’3″
140 lb
151 lb
165 lb
5’4″
143 lb
154 lb
169 lb
5’5″
146 lb
157 lb
173 lb
5’6″
149 lb
160 lb
177 lb
5’7″
152 lb
163 lb
180 lb
5’8″
155 lb
166 lb
183 lb
5’9″
158 lb
169 lb
186 lb
5’10”
161 lb
172 lb
189 lbThis information might be helpful to future patients seeking a nonmesh repair, whether from Shouldice or elsewhere.
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