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Objective: The authors report their experience with a new prosthetic technique for the repair of incisional hernia defects smaller than 3 cm.
Methods: From January 1995 to September 2002, 16 operations for small incisional hernias have been performed. Local anaesthesia was used in 12 out of 16 patients (75%). The repair was achieved by insertion of a polypropylene plug sutured to the margins of the hernial defect.
Results: All patients were discharged within 24 hours of surgery. Postoperative pain was mild and required hospital analgesia in 25% of cases. Back at home analgesia was needed in only 1 patient. During a follow-up ranging 3 to 91 months (mean 46), no recurrence has been recorded.
Conclusion: The proposed technique allows a sound repair of small incisional hernias with minimal pain, quick rehabilitation and early return to unrestricted work.