Ten-Year Personal Experience of Using Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)Mesh for Inguinal Hernia Repair
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- David L Sanders
Department of Surgery
Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro
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Received Date: July 20, 2013; Accepted Date: August 21, 2013; Published Date: August 31, 2013
Citation: Tongaonkar RR, Sanders DL, Kingsnorth AN (2013) Ten-Year Personal Experience of Using Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Mesh for Inguinal Hernia Repair. Trop Med Surg 1:136. doi: 10.4172/2329-9088.1000136
Copyright: © 2013 Tongaonkar RR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Introduction: An innovative frugal technology that has recently been reported with positive short-term clinical outcomes is the use of sterilised mosquito net as an alternative to commercial hernia meshes. However, long-term clinical data supporting the use of this mesh is lacking. Methods: A ten year retrospective analysis of consecutive patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair using Low Density PolyEthylene (LDPE) mesh with 12-18 months follow up. Results: During the study period 713 inguinal hernia repairs were performed using low cost polyethylene mesh in 651 patients. Thirty-two patients were lost to follow up. There were six superficial surgical site infections (0.9%), one seroma (0.1%), two patients who experienced chronic pain (0.3%), and two hematomas (0.3%). There were no recurrences or cases of mesh rejection. Discussion: The results of this retrospective study confirm the long-term safety and effectiveness of the use of LDPE mosquito net mesh for inguinal hernioplasty.