STEER Collaborative

“Symptomatic, clinically absent or “occult”, yet radiologically detectable inguinal hernias are estimated to be 10% of the patient population(1). The heterogeneity in the published literature is too significant to allow a uniform definition, i.e. whether or not occult inguinal hernias are a true herniation of intra-abdominal contents(2). Consequently, there is a lack of consensus about the management of symptomatic, occult inguinal hernia. Therefore, it is expected to find variable decisions being made concerning the management of this condition.

To understand the current practice, STEER (The Surgical Trainee in East of England Research) collaborative invites you to answer this brief, region-wide survey on the management of clinically impalpable, radiologically detectable, inguinal hernias. We would like to ask that you answer to emulate your own practice. It is accepted that clinicians may exercise judgement and tailor decision-making depending on clinical presentation.