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How I do it: the horizontal-bilateral unfolding method for self-gripping (Progrip™) mesh placement in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair

  • J. LiEmail author
  • X. Shao
  • T. Cheng



The use of the self-gripping mesh (Progrip™) during laparoscopic inguinal hernia has been proved to be effective and eliminates the need of additional fixation. However, the deployment of the self-gripping mesh is challenging due to its adhesive property. The purpose of this study was to introduce and describe an easy self-gripping mesh deployment method in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.


The self-gripping mesh was folded bilaterally towards the center of the mesh and placed vertically to align with the inferior epigastric artery, centered on the internal defect, then unfolded in a horizontal-bilateral unfolding method, first laterally, then medially.


A total of 63 inguinal hernias were repaired laparoscopicly: 40 patients by TAPP or TEP technique with self-gripping mesh, and there were no perioperative complications. The average time of mesh placement was 186 s (45–250 s). The patients only feel minimal pain (less than VAS 3) the second postoperative morning, and most of the patients were discharged the next day postoperatively; the average postoperative hospital duration was 1 day (1–2 days).


The present “horizontal-bilateral unfolding” mesh deployment method is a relative easy method to implant the self-gripping mesh during laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.


TAPP TEP Laparoscopic Hernia repair Progrip Self-gripping mesh Inguinal hernia 


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Conflict of interest

No conflict of interest to be declared by the authors.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Human and animal rights

This article does not contain any study with animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General Surgery, Affiliated Zhongda HospitalSoutheast UniversityNanjingChina

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