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Objective: To determine the frequency of recurrence in mesh repair of inguinal hernia in Surgical "C" Unit, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.
Material and Methods: In this study 50 consecutive cases of inguinal hernia (direct/ indirect) of either side were repaired by Lichtenstein's technique. The study was conducted from January 2007 to June 2007 with an initial follow up of one year. All cases above 20 years of age were included. Patients with acute complications of hernia were excluded from the study.
Results: All patients were male with mean age of 49 years. Out of a total number of 50 patients 37 had right sided inguinal hernia and 13 had left sided inguinal hernia. Forty seven patients had uneventful recovery. Minor wound infection was noted in two cases and seroma formation in one case. There were two cases of recurrence during initial follow up of one year.
Conclusion: Tension free mesh repair is the procedure of choice for inguinal hernia repair.
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