How is mesh used in the repair of abdominal inguinal hernias?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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The standard adult hernia repair now uses prostheses to reinforce the floor, usually polypropylene mesh. The material can overlay, underlay, or sandwich the area or can be used as a plug. This provides a tension-free repair and excellent results, but it carries a slightly increased risk of wound infection. The Lichtenstein hernioplasty is currently one of the most commonly performed mesh-based tension-free repairs (see Open Inguinal Hernia Repair).


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