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Fibrin sealant for mesh fixation in endoscopic inguinal hernia repair: is there enough evidence for its routine use?
Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Fibrin sealing has recently evolved as a new technique for mesh fixation in endoscopic inguinal hernia repair. A comprehensive Medline search was carried out evaluating fibrin sealant for mesh fixation, and finally 12 studies were included (3 randomized trials, 3 nonrandomized trials, and 6 case series). The trials were assessed for operative time, seroma formation, recovery time, recurrence rate, and acute and chronic pain.There was a trend toward decreased operative times for fibrin sealing compared with mechanical stapling; however, the results for seroma formation remained contradictory. The most important finding was the reduced postoperative pain. Recovery times were lower after fibrin sealing and the recurrence rates showed no differences.Fibrin sealing for mesh fixation in the endoscopic inguinal hernia surgery is a promising alternative to mechanical stapling, which can be safely applied. As the overall quality of published data remains poor, further well-designed studies are needed until fibrin sealing can replace mechanical stapling as a new standard for mesh fixation.
randomized controlled-trials, chronic pain, groin hernia, preliminary experience, laparoscopic repair, resorbable mesh, glue tissucol, hernioplasty, staples, sutures, hernia, mesh fixation, pain-endoscopy, fibrin sealant, complication
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