Original article| Volume 72, ISSUE 2, P232-234, August 1946

Use of transversus abdominis in repair of indirect inguinal hernia

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      Four points in the anatomy of the inguinal region are brought out; first, the close relationship between the internal ring and the free edge of the transversus abdominis above and with Poupart's ligament below; second, the fact that the transversus abdominis is aponeurotic at this point; third, that the transversus abdominis aponeurosis and the transversalis fascia are almost on planes of identical depth in the makeup of the abdominal wall; fourth, the dangerous position of the deep epigastric vessels medial to the inner margin of the internal abdominal ring.
      Considering these anatomical facts, a technic has been devised in which the aponeurosis of the transversus abdominis is sewed down to the shelving margin of Poupart's ligament, the ring margins being included in the sutures for the closure of the dilated internal ring found in association with indirect inguinal hernias. The intimate reinforcement given by this technic, and the lack of “dead space” following its use is emphasized.
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