Sutureless tension-free hernia repair with human fibrin glue (tissucol) in soccer players with chronic inguinal pain: initial experience

Int J Sports Med. 2007 Oct;28(10):873-6. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-964992. Epub 2007 May 11.


Chronic groin pain is a common symptom experienced by soccer players, resulting in many athletes undergoing prolonged periods of conservative treatment. In a high proportion of these cases, however, the cause of groin pain is due to impalpable hernias, thus nullifying the usefulness of a conservative approach. Of the current surgical procedures for inguinal hernia repair, the Lichtenstein technique is widely used. The present study aims to evaluate the efficacy of mesh fixation with human fibrin glue (Tissucol) in open, tension-free inguinal repair, in the treatment of soccer players with groin hernia. A sutureless Lichtenstein technique was employed in 16 consecutive soccer players with primary groin hernia. Inguinal nerves were prepared and preserved. Human fibrin glue was used for mesh fixation, in place of conventional sutures. Results were rated as excellent in all cases, with no reported intra- or postoperative complications. All patients were discharged 4 - 5 h after the operation, and all returned to full pre-injury level sporting-activity, on average, 31 days (range 24 - 42 days) post surgery. This study confirms the efficacy of sutureless tension-free hernia repair with human fibrin glue for the treatment of soccer players suffering from chronic groin pain due to impalpable groin hernia.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Fibrin Tissue Adhesive / therapeutic use*
  • Hernia, Inguinal / pathology
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Prospective Studies
  • Soccer*
  • Surgical Mesh
  • Sutures*


  • Fibrin Tissue Adhesive