Inguinal hernia is a frequent surgical condition, part of the large abdominal wall defects group. From the whole group of hernias, it is the most prevalent.
The symptoms and the fact that it affects daily routine activities brings the patient to the surgeon, but we must stress that these kind of hernias are prone to evolve, sometimes into difficult to treat, life threatening complications.
Classic surgical methods used a myriad of procedures to suture, always in tension, the rupture in the wall, after clearing the tissue and treating the hernia sack. The problem with these surgical techniques is the high recurrence rate and the postoperative patient pains. Both problems had a single cause, the parietal tension in the reconstructed tissue wall.
An american surgeon, Lichtenstein, came with an innovative idea, eliminate tension covering the gape with a synthetic mesh. No suturing the hole borders means no tension, no pain and a substrate, the mesh, on which healthy tissues can grew and rebuild the destructed portion of the abdominal wall.
A very simple innovative answer to a century old surgical problem.
After adopting these technique a significant drop in hernia recurrences was recorded in different independent studies.
The Lichtenstein open tension-free mesh hernioplasty, performed under local anesthesia, is a simple technique to be learned and performed.
The outpatient regime plus a short recovery time make the perfect combo for an efficient and long lasting hernia treatment.
Dr. Eduard Ursuleanu, General Surgeon