A prospective evaluation of the PerFix® Plug technique for groin hernia repair
2000 (English)In: Hernia, ISSN 1265-4906, Vol. 4, no 4, 311-315 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
The aim of the study was to prospectively evaluate complication rates, sick-leave, recurrence rate, and chronic post-operative pain after mesh-plug hernia repair. All 385 consecutive inguinal hernias (373 patients) operated at our department with the PerFix® Plug from September 1996 to December 1997 were included in the study. Follow-up included a questionnaire 3 and 12 months after the repair. Replies to the both of these questionnaires were obtained from 363 of 373 patients (98%). All patients who either reported a lump or sensory disturbance in the operated groin were offered a clinical examination. A third questionnaire focusing on chronic post-operative pain was completed by 77 of 90 patients reporting groin pain. The recurrence rate was 2% (9/385). After 25 months (17-36 months) 38 patients (10%) still experienced inguinal pain to some degree. In 7 male patients there was either pain or discomfort during sexual activities. In a patient with poorly controlled ascites the plug was removed. Day-case surgery was performed in 86% of patients with epidural or local anaesthesia, and 64% in general- or spinal anaesthesia. Employed/self-employed patients were off work for a median of 7 days (0-65). The median time to full recovery for all patients was 20 days. Conclusion: Mesh-plug hernia repair has a reasonably low complication rate together with quick recovery in a non-specialised surgical setting. Chronic inguinal pain is, however, still present to some degree in 10% of patients after two years.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 4, no 4, 311-315 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47534DOI: 10.1007/BF01201092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-47534DiVA: diva2:268430