Edoardo Bassini is considered the father of modern surgery. His early
results revealed a 2.7% recurrence rate. Earl Shouldice, his true successor,
has improved the results to less than 1%. These results were produced by
several well-known surgeons from 1970-2000 and well published. The need for
mesh was meant for a small segment of the surgical patient population. What has
happened? Generally, recurrence rates with mesh have not come down; instead,
pain has become the bane of hernia repair as we begin the 21st century. A pain
which makes the patient wish that he had a recurrence instead!
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