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V37N8: Hernia

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Abi-Haidar Y, Sanchez V, Itani KM. Risk factors and outcomes of acute versus elective groin hernia surgery. J Am Coll Surg. 2011;213(3):363-369.
This article offers data on the clinical characteristics of patients with inguinal hernia presenting with urgent or emergent indications for operation. The data indicate that a substantial number of emergent operations are done for hernias that were missed at the first operation. A surprising number of patients did not know they had a hernia.

Amid PK, Shulman AG, Lichtenstein IL. Open "tension-free" repair of inguinal hernias: the Lichtenstein technique. Eur J Surg. 1996;162(6):447-453.
This article is a well-illustrated review of the technique for the tension-free Lichtenstein repair of inguinal hernia.

de Vries Reilingh TS, van Goor H, Charbon JA, et al. Repair of giant midline abdominal wall hernias: "components separation technique" versus prosthetic repair : interim analysis of a randomized controlled trial. World J Surg. 2007;31(4):756-763. Free full-text
This article presents data on the management of large midline abdominal wall hernias. The article provides data on outcomes of repair using the components separation technique.

de Vries Reilingh TS, van Goor H, Rosman C, et al. "Components separation technique" for the repair of large abdominal wall hernias. J Am Coll Surg. 2003;196(1):32-37.
This clearly illustrated article supplies a description of the components separation technique in the management of midline abdominal wall hernias.

Fagan SP, Awad SS, Berger DH. Management of complicated umbilical hernias in patients with end-stage liver disease and refractory ascites. Surgery. 2004;135(6):679-682.
This article is a concise and clear analysis of the management of complicated umbilical hernias in patients with cirrhosis and ascites. The article emphasizes the value of optimizing patient medical status and the use of transjugular intrahepatic portal venous shunts (TIPS) for reducing portal hypertension.

Lange JF, Wijsmuller AR, van Geldere D, et al. Feasibility study of three-nerve-recognizing Lichtenstein procedure for inguinal hernia. Br J Surg. 2009;96(10):1210-1214.
This article analyzes the use of three-nerve recognition and protection for the reduction of chronic post-hernia repair pain. The article concludes that the three-nerve recognition technique is feasible and effective.

Matthews RD, Anthony T, Kim LT, et al. Factors associated with postoperative complications and hernia recurrence for patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair: a report from the VA Cooperative Hernia Study Group. Am J Surg. 2007;194(5):611-617.
Matthews and coauthors present data identifying risk factors for complications and recurrence after inguinal hernia repair.

Meyers WC, McKechnie A, Philippon MJ, et al. Experience with "sports hernia" spanning two decades. Ann Surg. 2008;248(4):656-665.
This article is the full manuscript of a presentation to the American Surgical Association. This report describes one of the largest single-surgeon experiences with inguinodynia in athletes. Management strategies and outcomes are presented.

Read RC. Crucial steps in the evolution of the preperitoneal approaches to the groin: an historical review. Hernia. 2011;15(1):1-5.
This article is a valuable historical review of contributions to our understanding of inguinal anatomy.

Shankaran V, Weber DJ, Reed RL 2nd, et al. A review of available prosthetics for ventral hernia repair. Ann Surg. 2011;253(1):16-26.
This article presents a detailed review of the characteristics of available prosthetic materials for hernia repair.

Simons MP, Aufenacker T, Bay-Nielsen M, et al. European Hernia Society guidelines on the treatment of inguinal hernia in adult patients. Hernia. 2009;13(4):343-403. Free full-text
Simons and coauthors review the European Hernia Society hernia guidelines and supply the data on which the guidelines are based.

Taylor C, Layani L, Liew V, et al. Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair without mesh fixation, early results of a large randomised clinical trial. Surg Endosc. 2008;22(3):757-762.
Increasingly, surgeons are recognizing that large mesh patch placement for complete coverage of the myopectineal orifice can be effectively performed without mesh anchoring with glue, tacks, or sutures. The most important factor seems to be adequate mesh size.

Zollinger RM, Jr. An updated traditional classification of inguinal hernias. Hernia. 2004;8(4):318-322.
Zollinger provides a clear review of contemporary hernia classification systems and offers an “updated” classification system that has potential value.