A Prospective Study of the Mesh-Plug Hernioplasty

Millikan, Keith W.; Cummings, Brice; Doolas, Alexander
March 2001
American Surgeon;Mar2001, Vol. 67 Issue 3, p285
Academic Journal
A prospective study of patients with symptomatic inguinal hernias was undertaken to determine the safety and efficacy of the mesh-plug hernioplasty. Between May 1, 1997 and March 1, 1999 a total of 309 mesh-plug hernioplasties were performed on 283 patients. There were 43 recurrent and 26 bilateral hernioplasties. There were 273 men and 10 women ranging in age from 15 to 94 years (mean 47 years). There were 199 indirect, 104 direct, and six femoral hernias. Mean operative time for primary hernioplasty was 26 minutes (range 20–34) and 35 minutes (range 31–40)for recurrent hernioplasty. All procedures were performed as outpatient surgery with mean recovery room time being 45 minutes (range 25–27) for primary hernioplasty. Two hundred sixty-six patients (94%) returned to normal activities within 3 days. All manual laborers (124 patients) returned to work without restriction on postoperative day 14. Only 43 patients (15%)required prescription pain medication. At one year postoperatively 283 patients (100% follow-up) have been examined and no recurrence has been detected. At 2 years postoperatively 135 patients (100% follow-up) have been examined and no recurrence has been detected. The mesh-plug hernioplasty uses a minimum of medical resources, is associated with a small amount of postoperative pain, and has an early return to normal activities and manual labor without a documented early recurrence in this study. *


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