Open inguinal hernia repair with the use of a polyglycolic acid–trimethylene carbonate absorbable mesh: a pilot study
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Tension-free repair with mesh placement has become the gold standard for open inguinal hernia surgery. Traditionally, non absorbable materials have been used for mesh manufacture. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy of using a totally absorbable prosthetic mesh for open inguinal hernia repair.
Ten patients with elective inguinal hernias were set to undergo open tension-free inguinal hernia repair with the use of polyglycolic acid–trimethylene carbonate absorbable mesh. In this pilot study, we looked primarily at recurrence and chronic pain assessed 1 year after the operation, while immediate postoperative complications were also recorded.
All patients were discharged from the hospital the day after surgery. In three patients (30%), a Foley catheter was inserted to relieve symptoms of urinary retention. None of the patients had any immediate postoperative complication. At the 1st year follow up, none of the patients had clinical signs of recurrence. However, one patient experienced intermittent pain in the operated inguinal area.
Open inguinal hernia repair with the use of polyglycolic acid–trimethylene absorbable mesh proved efficient in the given patient sample. Further studies with a larger number of patients and longer follow up are needed in order to confirm the possible favourable effects of this mesh type.
KeywordsInguinal hernia Absorbable mesh Tension free Polyglycolic acid Trimethylene carbonate