As you know, all inguinal hernia repairs had been performed without mesh at all until Lichtenstein, an American surgeon reported the result of his new hernioplasty with mesh at late 1980. At that time, many surgeons were expecting a new repair method with low recurrence, as the those days tissue repairs called posterior wall repair showed very high recurrence rate of 10-30%.
Dr. Kang had performed hundreds of Bassini hernia repairs, a typical posterior wall repair, since 1987 when he became a general surgeon until he opened hernia center which was the first one in Korea and began to perform mesh plug hernia repairs. He performed more than 5,000 mesh inguinal hernia repairs until 2012 when he started to develop the new non-mesh inguinal hernia repair method. He saw many patients suffering from chronic pain after mesh inguinal hernia operations, and finally he treated successfully the patient with severe debilitating mesh pain by removing the mesh inserted by a General Hospital. That dramatic experience forced Dr. Kang to seek a new non-mesh hernia repair, and he began to develop the new repair method based on the past experience with Bassini repairs.
Because old fashioned tissue repairs, such as Bassini repair, had very high recurrence rate, it was the most important considering point to find the way to reduce it. After a year or so of improvement, the Kang Repair method, which is the new tissue repair, was completed. More than 6,000 Kang repairs for inguinal hernia were performed by Dr. Kang for about five years from 2013 to 2017 and has shown a very good outcome to date. Other surgeons in our hospital also did about 1,000 Kang repairs and show good results as well. Currently, we do 100 % non-mesh inguinal hernia repair no matter how large the hernia is, no matter how weak the tissue is and no matter how much the patient enjoys activity.
Dr. Kang and all of the surgeons at Gibbeum Hospital think Kang repair to be the best inguinal hernia repair method with confidence from experiences. As our new non-mesh inguinal hernia repair becomes widely known, the Gibbeum Hospital is recognized as the best hernia center in Korea and is increasingly recognized overseas. We will continue to refine our procedure further until we arrive at zero recurrence and zero complication. We hope our non-mesh hernia repair will help a lot of hernia patients.