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September 8, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(10):341-344. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400620017002

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Radical Cure of Inguinal Hernia.  —At the late congress of Italian surgeons, March, 1888, Prof. Bassini described a new method of treatment in inguinal hernia, which he had successfully practiced in 102 cases. He asserts that Wood's and Zerny's operations, which have for their object the closure of the canal by cicatricial tissue, expose the patient to recurrences of the hernia unless a truss is constantly worn. This does not occur in his operation, which restores the inguinal canal to its normal conformation. His procedure is as follows: He lays bare the aponeurosis of the external oblique muscle, and cuts through it from the external ring to the internal. The neck of the hernial sac is then separated from the spermatic cord and tied or sutured at the situation of the internal ring; it is next divided and the ligated part returned to the abdominal cavity. After pushing aside the

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