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Hernia. 2008 Feb;12(1):51-6. Epub 2007 Sep 7.

Transinguinal preperitoneal repair with the Polysoft patch: prospective evaluation of recurrence and chronic pain.

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Institut de chirurgie herniaire, 50 Rue Nicolo, 75116 Paris, France.



The Polysoft patch was conceived to facilitate performance of the transinguinal preperitoneal patch method and combine the advantages of patch placement in the preperitoneal space and the open inguinal approach. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the rate of recurrence and chronic pain at midterm follow-up.


In a cohort of 200 hernia repairs involved in a prospective evaluation, midterm results of 171 cases operated on from 1 July 2004 to 31 December 2005 were assessed. The anesthesia was spinal in 136 (79.5%) cases, local in 26 (15.2%), and general in nine (5.3%). A questionnaire was sent to patients on 30 November 2006 asking about recurrence, chronic groin pain, and satisfaction.


With a median follow-up of 21.9 months (11.6-29.4), 167 (97.7%) patients were evaluated, two were dead, and two were lost to follow-up. There were two (1.2%) recurrences that were reoperated on; both consisted of an indirect sac that protruded between the branches of the split patch. Eleven (6.6%) patients alleged the feeling of a foreign body, and 12 (7.2%) reported pain that occurred occasionally or upon effort but did not prevent activity. In one case, the pain present before operation was unchanged, and in three cases, the pain could clearly be attributed to an origin other than the hernia repair. No case of pain that impaired activity was observed. With regard to results, 98.2% of patients were satisfied and 97.6% declared that they would adopt the same method in case they had to be operated on for another hernia.


These results suggest that the technique provides a low rate of recurrence and a low percentage of chronic pain that did not impair activity.

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