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Bassini's operation

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Standard surgical procedure for inguinal hernia: the hernial sac is removed.

The novelty of Bassini's operation was above all that the posterior wall of the inguinal canal could be reconstructed and reinforced. His operation remains a cornerstone in hernial surgery.

„Eine echte Heilung des Leistenbruches scheint nur möglich durch die Neubildung einer starken hinteren Wand des Leistenkanals, die zugleich dessen schräge Lage wiederherstellt. Es mußte eine Wand sein, die niemals wieder dem Druck der Eingeweide weichen konnte. Sie sollte daher aus kräftigem Muskelgewebe bestehen.“ From his 1890 article.

Bassini reported a frequency of relapse of 4 percent, of which most surgeons of today would have been proud.


  • E. Bassini:
    Nuovo metodo operativo per la cura dell'ernia inguinale. Padua, 1889.
  • E. Bassini:
    Über die Behandlung des Leistenbruchs.
    Archiv für klinische Chirurgie, Berlin, 1890, 40: 429.
  • E. Bassini:
    Nuovo metodo operativo per la cura radicale dell'ernia crurale. Padua, 1893.

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