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Chuck,

There are bad results with all these techniques (including Kang). It’s not true that Shouldice is particularly bad. It has its pitfalls, but so does mesh as you well know. You mentioned Lichtenstein – as I said before, I consulted with a surgeon who does this procedure, and he had a bad result (chronic pain) when it was done to him, and he needed a nurectomy. He now routinely cuts the ilioinguinal nerve.

You’re drawing conclusions from anecdotes. The only valid conclusion to draw is that there is no perfectly safe solution. You need to do your best the pick the best surgeon and technique for your case. However, you don’t know all the factors in advance, and even if you made the perfect choice, there’s still scope for trouble.

Even the best surgeons make mistakes, and medicine isn’t engineering – it’s a complicated mess of unpredictable repercussions from intervention. Evolution did not engineer the body to be friendly to surgeons (or drugs). The best of them are good at avoiding mines in this minefield, but no one and no technique can guarantee success. All you can hope to do is maximize your chances of a good outcome.

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