The Cooper ligament repair

Surg Clin North Am. 1993 Jun;73(3):471-85. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(16)46031-7.


Although a Cooper ligament repair is a more extensive operation than most hernia repairs, it can be done safely with minimal morbidity and a very low recurrence rate. A generous relaxing incision and careful technique around the femoral vessels are required. Many surgeons would choose a Cooper ligament repair for direct, large indirect, and femoral hernias only. I have used it for all groin hernias in adults, primary or recurrent, regardless of the presenting defect. I believe it is the best hernia repair done today.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Hernia, Femoral / history
  • Hernia, Femoral / surgery*
  • Hernia, Inguinal / history
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Ligaments / surgery
  • Methods
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Recurrence
  • Surgical Mesh