Vas deferens obstruction due to fibrosis after plug hernioplasty

Gabriele Valenti, Emanuele Baldassarre, Giovanni Torino

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The positioning of mesh and plug is routinely performed in hernioplasty, but knowledge about the long-term side effects of plug-induced fibrosis on the vas is incomplete. This is the first case of a documented fibrotic vas deferens obstruction resulting from compression of the plug that was in direct contact with the vas. During subsequent repair for a recurrent hernia, the cord and the plug appeared enveloped in dense fibrous tissue. Microscopy confirmed gross surgical findings. To reduce this morbidity, we suggest a cremaster sparing surgery, avoiding the positioning of bioprosthesis in direct contact with the vas deferens. We also found that positioning of a flat mesh over the transversalis fascia will avoid the unnecessary contact between mesh and bare vas below the transversalis fascia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-138
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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