What is the relevant anatomy for open inguinal hernia repair?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Vinay Kumar Kapoor, MBBS, MS, FRCS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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A useful learning tool for gaining a working knowledge of the inguinal region is to visualize the region as it is surgically approached in the open technique of hernia repair. The inguinal region is part of the anterolateral abdominal wall, which is made up of the following nine layers, from superficial to deep:

  • Skin
  • Camper fascia
  • Scarpa fascia
  • External oblique aponeurosis
  • Internal oblique muscle
  • Transversus abdominis
  • Transversalis fascia
  • Preperitoneal fat
  • Peritoneum

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