American Journal of Surgery, vol.198, no.2, pp.287-291, 2009 (SCI-Expanded)
Aims: Using slit and nonslit mesh in laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal preperitoneal (TEPP) inguinal hernia repair are well-known approaches. The aim of this prospective, randomized, clinical study was to assess testicular perfusion after these procedures. Methods: In the study period, 40 male patients with unilateral inguinal hernia were assigned into 2 equal groups as follows: slit (S) and nonslit (NS). TEPP hernia repair was performed in all patients. In the 2 groups, testicular arterial blood flow and testis volumes were measured by Doppler ultrasonography preoperatively, on the 5th postoperative day, and 6 months postoperatively, respectively. Results: No statistically significant difference was found between the preoperative, 5th day postoperatively, and 6-month arterial resistance index (ARI) results when comparing the S and NS groups in ultrasonographic testicular blood flow studies. There was no statistically significant difference of testicular volume between the preoperative period, the 5th postoperative day, and 6 months postoperatively in the 2 groups. Conclusions: According to the results, no statistically significant difference was found in terms of testicular perfusion and volume between those 2 methods of TEPP repair for inguinal hernia. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.