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Am J Surg. 1989 Feb;157(2):188-93.

The tension-free hernioplasty.

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Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.


Since the first true herniorrhaphy was performed by Bassini over 100 years ago, all modifications and surgical techniques have shared a common disadvantage: suture line tension. The anatomic, physiologic, and pathologic characteristics of hernia recurrence are examined. The prime etiologic factor behind most herniorrhaphy failures is the suturing together, under tension, of structures that are not normally in apposition. With the use of modern mesh prosthetics, it is now possible to repair all hernias without distortion of the normal anatomy and with no suture line tension. The technique is simple, rapid, less painful, and effective, allowing prompt resumption of unrestricted physical activity.

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