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April 1981

Inguinal Hernia RepairAn Experimental Model in the Rat to Evaluate Technical Factors

Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Research Laboratory, Veterans Administration Medical Center, New Orleans, and the Department of Surgery, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(4):463-465. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380160073015

• An experimental model in the rat has been developed that we believe simulates the situation in inguinal hernia. Using this model, the bursting strength of wounds made by approximating uninjured fascia were compared with wounds made by apposing either incised fascia or the raw edges left after excising fascia. The strongest healing resulted when raw edges were apposed and when continuous sutures were used. We believe that these studies give support to the use of Shouldice's hernia repair.

(Arch Surg 1981;116:463-465)