Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V01170080
Prophylactic antibiotic therapy for hernia repair
Our aim is to outline and recommend prophylactic antibiotic therapy (PAT) for hernia repair according to literature and relcent guidelines. We do not recommend prophylaxis for elective repair of inguinal and ventral hernias in a low infection risk environment as Denmark except in patients with incisional hernia > 10 cm or presumed increased risk for wound infection, e.g. diabetes or immunosuppression. PAT should always be used in emergent hernia repair. We recommend a prophylactic regimen of second-generation cephalosporin given as a single dose perioperatively.