Difference between herniorraphy and hernioplasty for hernia repair

Today one of the PG trainee of our General Surgery team was telling the assistant professor about the procedure he performed on some specific patient who needed hernial repair. While doing that, he mixed the terms hernioraphy and hernioplasty! The asst. professor asked him to explain herniorraphy vs hernioplasty, he got confused! What an embarassment! Anyway to save all of us from this situation in future, lets see what’s the difference between herniorraphy and hernioplasty.

Difference between herniorraphy and hernioplasty

Well I won’t be going into the details of herniorraphy or hernioplasty here thought but will simply like to tell you the difference between the two and how to remember it.

Herniorraphy = repairing the defect by stitching the healthy ends of tissue / muscle together

Hernioplasty = repairing the defect using mesh patches

How to remember it ? well if the original tissue is Repaired (R) then it’s hernioRraphy and if a mesh Patch is applied then its hernioPlasty.

Hope it will help you remember the difference between herniorraphy and hernioplasty!

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