Fatigue, Pain Scores Differ By Age, Gender Following Hernia Repair

Dr. Juliane Bingener-Casey, M.D. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Juliane Bingener-Casey, M.D.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

MedicalResearch.com:  What are the study’s main findings?

Dr. Bingener-Casey:  “Patient-reported outcomes such as pain and fatigue are sensitive tools to detect how well patients recover from surgery. These patient-reported outcome results are different for men and women and for older versus younger people.”
MedicalResearch.com:  Were any of the findings unexpected?

Dr. Bingener-Casey:  “The physical well-being scores for women were worse than for men and they were worse for younger than for older people after the same operation.”

MedicalResearch.com:  What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Bingener-Casey: “Clinicians and patients should expect that patients will be tired and in pain although they only had small incisions and that different patient groups should expect different results. Not all patients may fit on the same postoperative pathway.”

MedicalResearch.com:  What recommendations if any do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Bingener-Casey:  “How can we intervene to improve any of the patient-reported outcomes that are not rebounding quickly should be the next question to answer. How can we partner with our patients to improve on those outcomes?”

Abstract Citation:

R M Antiel, MD, MA, S C Dupont, MD, M J Samaha, K V Ballman, PhD, J Bingener, MD; Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

The findings were presented at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons annual meeting April 2-5 in Salt Lake City.