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Chuck,

I also saw reports of chronic pain from some Shouldice Hospital patients. It’s hard to know what to make of it because they do 7,000 repairs a year. Even if only 1% have chronic pain, that’s 70 people a year, or 1-2 per week on average. That may seem like a lot, but it would still be much less than what studies show for mesh. A couple of German surgeons I talked to mentioned 1-3% chronic pain for a Shouldice procedure. I don’t recall if Dr. Kang disclosed his chronic pain rates, whether he studies that, how he defines it and follows up, etc.

Which surgeons told you they saw several patients with bad outcomes from “that clinic”? I don’t think they get many foreign patients from the US or other countries these days. All the patients I talked to during my stay there were Canadian. I was a bit surprised by that.

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