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Epidemiologic, economic, and sociologic aspects of hernia surgery in the United States in the 1990s.

Such important, yet basic, questions as the percentage chance that an individual will over the course of his or her life be in need of or actually undergo a groin herniorrhaphy or the absolute number and type of hernias that exist in a given society on any particular day continue to be statistically undefined. A review of epidemiologic data provides come preliminary answers. Recent studies from the National Center for Health Statistics show that approximately 750,000 groin herniorrhaphies are completed annually in the United States. More than 80% of these operations involve the use of mesh prosthesis and are performed on an outpatient basis. Despite the large number of hernioplasties completed, the public's understanding of hernias and their management remains unsophisticated.

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