The Maria Middelares Hernia Centre in Ghent has great expertise in the repair of all types of abdominal wall hernias. Nevertheless, we always try to further optimise the surgical recovery of abdominal fractures, which is why we carry out scientific research into these disorders. Of course, this always happens after informing the patient and receiving his or her consent. Participation in a study is always on a voluntary basis.
Why conduct clinical research?
Every year, many patients take part in clinical research at the Maria Middelares General Hospital. Our centre has been specialising for several years in researching new and existing treatment methods. This research often takes place in collaboration with internal and external partners, on behalf of pharmaceutical companies or on our own initiative.
The voluntary cooperation of patients is essential to improve the quality of our service. The safety of the patients taking part in the study is always a top priority. If you qualify for a specific study, your surgeon may ask you to participate. You have complete freedom to decide whether you want this or not.
‘A patient, with respect for his or her human dignity and autonomy and without discrimination on any grounds whatsoever, has the right to a quality service that meets his or her needs.’
What is a clinical study?
The term 'clinical study' refers to all studies in patients as part of a scientific study. That is why a clinical study can be seen as a practical approach to a medical scientific question.
Clinical studies are taking place in all fields of research in hernia surgery. Sometimes they concern questionnaires submitted to participants or the retrieval of data from past surgeries (i.e. retrospective) or specific studies in patients after their operations (i.e. post-operative) and the testing of new treatment methods or medication, etc. (i.e. prospective).
Clinical studies are very important for the development or validation of new treatment therapies and techniques. Furthermore, clinical studies are essential in preventive health care. This is the purpose of registers such as the EuraHS register for the rupture of scar tissue, which help monitor certain diseases and their course or treatment. These registers make it possible to identify which patients are more at risk than others for certain conditions and where and when certain treatment methods should be started. In short, without the clinical studies, no progress in medicine is possible.
Studies of inguinal hernia
In this study we want to assess the effectiveness of laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair using a visible net with or without net fixation. This will be evaluated with emphasis on clinical recurrence and net position displayed by NMR at 12 months postoperatively.