- Medscape Reference - Lichtenstein Hernioplasty: This is the most common type of open repair performed where mesh is sutured over the abdominal wall opening.
- Medscape Reference - Open Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Medscape Reference - Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
If you are looking for advice on surgery, I can tell you this: from all the different articles I've read, your best chance for a successful recovery is to get a surgeon that specializes in hernia repair or has performed a lot of them. The more experience and skill the surgeon has with hernia repair, the better. The type of surgery obviously matters too, but this is the biggest factor. Get someone who knows what they're doing.
Got a copy of the surgery report. It seems that the ilioinguinal nerve was in the way when they cut me open so they "resected" it. From what I can tell, this means that they cut it and buried the ends in surrounding tissue. It could also mean they took out a section of it. Apparently this is routine. Here's a study about it: Ilioinguinal nerve excision in open mesh repair of inguinal hernia.
My mesh is made of Prolene (polypropylene), and manufactured by Herniamesh out of Italy. Prolene is not absorbed by your body; it stays forever.
Another good reference: Long-term results of open tension-free or tension repair of inguinal hernias