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August 3, 1964

Spinal Anesthesia May Not Be Responsible For Backache Following Inguinal Hernia Repair

JAMA. 1964;189(5):37. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070050075053

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A comparison of general and spinal anesthesias with respect to postoperative complications following inguinal hernia repair showed little variation in frequency of such complications, the AMA Annual Convention was told.

Karl F. Urbach, MD, chief of the anesthesiology service, US Public Health Service Hospital, Staten Island, NY, reported on a test group of 514 patients who were surveyed with respect to postoperative incidence of urinary retention, gastrointestinal disturbances, nonspecific and post-spinal headache, back complaints, and respiratory complications.

Urbach said that despite numerous studies of the comparative merits of various types of anesthesias, "questionable, but strongly-held opinions" persist among both physicians and patients regarding choice of method.

"Moreover," he continued, "anesthetic techniques have continued to change rapidly. We decided, therefore, to reinvestigate and compare the incidence of postoperative complications in a large group of patients, all subjected to the same operation, ie, repair of inguinal hernia."

The type of anesthesia was

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