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ABSTRACT: For 5 years (January 1998 to November 2002) our department has applied the Marlex Mesh Perfix Plug hernioplasty. This article demonstrates the experience gained in operative and postoperative aspects, costs, and outcome along with the results of a follow-up analysis. Altogether, 801 patients (749 males, 52 females) were operated on Sixty-four males had bilateral groin hernias, so the total number of hernioplasties amounted to 865. A total of 19 hernias were recurrent, 297 were direct, 545 were indirect or scrotal (or both) 21 were femoral, and 2 were Spigelian. Fifty-three operations were performed on an emergency basis. Preoperative routine use of antibiotics was minimized throughout the years. Operating time fluctuated from 20 to 25 min (30-40 minutes for recurrent hernias), and the postoperative hospital stay was 28 hours (6-72) hours. The complication rate was 5% and the recurrence rate less than 1%. Early patient mobilization and return to everyday activities (1-2 weeks) was encouraged. The follow-up of 95% of the patient population lasted 12 to 60 months and was performed at 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, and yearly thereafter. The technique demonstrates less overall postoperative pain, discomfort, and complications combined with a remarkably low recurrence rate. The rapid rehabilitation with great patient comfort and decreased operating room time, resulting in lower financial costs, have led us nowadays to repair all types of inguinal hernias, femoral and recurrent ones, using this technique.
World Journal of Surgery 03/2005; 29(2):231-4. DOI:10.1007/s00268-005-7548-z · 2.64 Impact Factor