Ann Surg Treat Res.  2020 Jan;98(1):51-55. 10.4174/astr.2020.98.1.51.

Retrospective study on prevalence of recurrent inguinal hernia: a large-scale multi-institutional study

  • 1Department of Surgery, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Surgery, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Incheon, Korea.
  • 3Department of Surgery, Daejeon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Uijeongbu, Korea.
  • 5Department of Surgery, Eunpyeong St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.


We conducted a multi-institutional analysis to establish the epidemiological characteristics of recurrent inguinal hernia following hernia repair in patients across 4 institutions in Korea.
The retrospectively reviewed data included patient characteristics, hernia location, year of primary operation, type of hernia, timing of recurrence, primary operation type, and whether a mesh was used.
Among 4,604 patients who underwent hernia repair surgery, 255 patients (5.5%; 13 females and 242 males; mean age, 63 years) were found to have recurrent hernia from January 2010 to April 2017. Recurrent indirect inguinal and direct hernias were observed in 47.1% and 49.4% of the patients, respectively. The recurrence of hernias within 1 year of surgery was the highest at 17.25%. Early and late recurrences was observed in 23.5% and 66.5% of the patients, respectively. Among the patients, 81.6% underwent open hernia repair at the time of initial surgery.
Recurrence of hernia is most common in the first year after the initial surgery, and 23.5% of recurrent inguinal hernia was developed within 2 years. Patients underwent surgery after an average of 116 months (median value, 64 months) following the first operation. In patients with recurrent hernia, direct hernia was seen more frequent than indirect hernia whereas indirect hernia occurred more in patients with primary hernia.


Herniorrhaphy; Inguinal hernia; Recurrence

MeSH Terms

Hernia, Inguinal*
Retrospective Studies*


  • Fig. 1 Prevalence of recurrent inguinal hernias in patients of different age groups.

  • Fig. 2 Timing of hernia recurrence.


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