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Inguinal hernia: the size of the mesh.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12003042     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The size of the mesh used for surgical repair of groin hernias differs significantly from one technique to another. Such differences are not unimportant, since implantation of a large amount of prosthetic material can induce some drawbacks and may perhaps be avoided in many cases. The weak inguinal area, where inguinal hernias are exteriorized, is smaller than the myopectineal orifice, and a mesh 8-9 cm long and 5-6 cm wide is sufficient to cover this area. The results of methods using a small mesh are good, and large patches provide at best the same results with some real drawbacks. A large mesh spread in the preperitoneal space on the bladder and iliac vessels can induce some difficulties in case of further operation on these organs, and when we operate on a man 30 to 50 years old, we ignore whether he may need that kind of operation many years later. Consequently, in most cases a small patch covering only the weak inguinal area is preferable and a large preperitoneal patch should be used only in selected cases at high risk of recurrence.
E P Pélissier
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hernia : the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1265-4906     ISO Abbreviation:  Hernia     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-10     Completed Date:  2002-05-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715168     Medline TA:  Hernia     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
Surgical Mesh / adverse effects,  standards*
Surgical Procedures, Operative / methods*

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