Mustafa Biomy and Eslam M. Ibrahim
Tamer Alsaied Alnaimy , Tamer Rushdy Elalfy and Mohammed A.Elkilany
Ahmed Mahmoud Hussein1 M.D.; Ahmed Abd Alaziz Mohammad1 M.D.; Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Nasser2 M.Sc.
Sherif Essam Eldin Tawfik, MD; Abdelrahman Mohamed Salem, MD
Abdelrahman Mohammed, MD, Ahmed Kamal Gabr, MD, Sherif Essam Eldin Tawfik, MD
Ashraf Elsebaie MD, Ahmed Abdelsalam Hafiz MD, Ahmed Maher MD, Rasha Abdelkader MD
Ahmed M.S.M Marzouk, Haitham S. Omar
Hany F. Habashy
Maged Rihan, MD, MRCS
Karim Sabry (MD, MRCS) , Wael A Jumuah (MD) ,Yasser El Ghamrini (MD)
Ahmed Shoka, MD, MRCS, Fady Makram, MD, FACS, Mohamed Matar, MD, FACS.
Mohammed Matar,1 MD, FACS, Ahmed Shoka,1 MD, MRCS, Heba Nader,2 MD
Mokhtar Abd Elrahman Bahbah, MD; Ehab M Oraby, MD.
Youssif Khachaba, Waleed Reda, Ahmed Abd El Salam, Ahmed Samy Saad Hussein, Nadeen Mohamed El Essawy, Ashraf El Sebaie
Naguib Abdelkreem ElAskary MD, Ahmed Osmane MD
Mahmoud Hamda MS, Naguib Abdelkreem ElAskary MD, Ahmed Osmane MD
Ahmed M.S.M. Marzouk
1Waleed AlBadry, MSc, MRCS;1Raafat Gohar, MD; 1Ashraf El-Sebaie; 2Mohamed Salah, MD;1Mohamed Ashraf El Meleigy, MD
Polypropylene Suture Fixation versus Fibrin Glue in Lichtenstein Inguinal Hernia Repair: A Prospective Randomized Study
Background: In inguinal hernia repair, minimizing the intraoperative and postoperative complications and
early ambulation are the main goals, however, traditional methods of mesh fixation are associated with
several problems including substantial risks of early postoperative and chronic pain. The aim of this study
is to evaluate the advantages of fibrin glue over polypropylene suture in mesh fixation in Lichtenstein
inguinal hernia repair. Patients and methods: Fifty-two male patients with inguinal hernia underwent
Lichtenstein hernia repair in the Department of General Surgery at Ain Shams University hospitals in the
period from June 2013 to July 2015. The patients were prospectively randomized into two groups group A
(polypropylene suture group) and group B (fibrin glue group). In group A, polypropylene sutures were
used for mesh fixation, and in group B fibrin glue was used for mesh fixation. Ilio-inguinal nerve was
dissected and preserved in all cases. Results: The mean age of patients in group A was 43.5 years and that
of group B patients was 41.2 years. There was a significant difference in the duration of surgery, with the
mean duration in polypropylene suture group was more that of the fibrin glue group. The mean numeric
rating pain scale of postoperative pain at 1, 6, 12, and 24 h was significantly higher in the suture group
than in the fibrin glue group (p<0.001). The mean total dose of analgesia in ampoules of pethidine was
significantly less in the fibrin glue group (0.80 ampoules) than that in the polypropylene suture group (2.25
ampoules) with p=0.002 while the incidence of chronic pain was higher in the polypropylene suture group
than that in the fibrin glue group. Conclusion: this study demonstrates that the use of fibrin glue instead of
polypropylene suture in Lichtenstein inguinal hernia repair can help in decreasing the operative time,
postoperative pain, hospital stay, and the incidence of chronic groin pain.
Key words: Fibrin glue, polypropylene, inguinal hernia, mesh fixation.