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Objective Measure of Recovery After Outpatient Surgery

December 16, 2019


The Mayo Clinic is hosting a clinical trial that measures the recovery of patients after outpatient inguinal hernia surgery. Patients will wear monitoring devices. Researchers will observe patient activity and sleep patterns before and after surgery to see when they return to baseline. The study’s estimated date of completion is July 2020. 


Study Information

There will be an estimated 40 participants in this study. Patients from two types of surgery will be researched: those receiving an open inguinal ventral hernia repair and those receiving a laparoscopic inguinal ventral hernia repair. Patients from both groups will wear monitoring devices before and after surgery. The time patients need to return to baseline activity after surgery while wearing physical movement measuring accelerators will be observed. Pain levels on a 0 to 10 visual analog scale (VAS) will be recorded 9 weeks after hernia repair through a telephone questionnaire. 


Inclusion Criteria

All Sexes, ages 18 to 80 years old, are allowed to participate. They must have inguinal hernias that need to be repaired. Patients need to be free of having two simultaneous chronic diseases or conditions and consent to participating and wearing the monitoring device for the required time. 


Exclusion Criteria

Those with a history of chronic opioid, an inability to speak English, and an inability to provide informed consent are not allowed to participate. 



Those interested may participate in this study at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona 85259. Feel free to contact Sandra R. Kavuma, B.S. at 480-342-0349 or at with any questions or concerns.



This study is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. Karl A. Poterack, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic, is the Principal Investigator.

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