- •What is currently known about this topic? Timing of inguinal hernia repair in premature infants is variable. Early repair, during admission in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may be encouraged due to concerns about hernia incarceration, strangulation, or loss to follow up. On the other hand, delayed repair might be encouraged due to concerns about increased perioperative risk in premature infants.
- •What new information is contained in this article? In premature infants, inguinal hernia repair that is performed during initial hospitalization in the NICU is associated with lower cost, but higher recurrence rates, when compared to delayed repair.
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Financial Support Statement: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Type of Study: Retrospective study
Level of Evidence: Level III