A surgeon I spoke with described to me that if my inguinal hernia is direct, that depending on the anatomy he would perform either a Shouldice or a Bassini repair, and then use the external oblique to reinforce the repair: either by overlapping (Halsted) or immobilizing (Desarda).
Is it normal for a Shouldice repair to be reinforced with the external oblique as he describes? Is that just a way of describing what is a normal component of the Shouldice repair or is that an extra and unnecessary procedure?
I would really appreciate any information on this. My main concern with this surgeon is that his patients report slow recovery times and that I may want to choose a surgeon with a more minimalist approach.
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