First use in the UK of the Gore® bioabsorbable inguinal hernia plug

General Surgery
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2009.0001
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First use in the UK of the Gore® bioabsorbable inguinal hernia plug

‘Plug and patch’ hernia repair techniques have been developed to minimise tissue dissection and suturing, minimise post-operative pain, to return the patient to ‘normal’ levels of activity promptly, as well as to help decrease recurrence rates. As an extension to this concept of repair, a new collagen-based bioabsorbable plug has been developed in an attempt to eliminate those remaining few complications still deemed to be associated with non-absorbable material systems. Recent animal studies appear promising. However, there are as yet few case reports and certainly no randomised controlled trials to support either short-term, or long-term clinical efficacy. Three patients were the first to receive the new Gore® bioabsorbable hernia plug (GBHP) in the UK. The operating technique was that for a standard, open, tension-free ‘plug and patch’ hernia repair. Patient A was a 27-year-old male with a direct inguinal hernia. Patient B was a 67-year-old male with an indirect inguinal hernia. Patient C was a 73-year-old male with bilateral, direct inguinal herniae. The new GBHP is composed entirely of the co-polymer polyglycolic acid: trimethylene carbonate and studies have shown that it is bioabsorbed entirely in approximately 6 months. This allows the once hernia ‘defect’ to become filled with collagenous scar tissue, that helps maintain the architecture of the posterior abdominal wall. The insertion of the new (and currently single-sized) GBHP was straightforward for the direct hernias. It was more difficult to insert in to the indirect hernia defect, which necessitated that the product be cut down to a more appropriate size.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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