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ABSTRACTDr. Irving Lichtenstein was a well-known surgeon, born in the USA, who developed, along his life, different studies focused on hernia pathology; he described one of the most used techniques for hernia repair with prosthetic material. The tension-free hernia repair, described by Lichtenstein, brought along also a lower percentage of recurrences, shorter in-hospital stays, reduced anesthetic risks, early reincorporation to work, and lower costs. Lichtenstein, the Master, not only described surgical techniques for inguinal hernia in its direct and indirect variants, but also contributed knowledge for the treatment of femoral protrusions, recurrences, incisional, halfmoon, and giant hernias, as well as of hernias of the posterior abdominal wall (Grynfeltt and Petit hernia). He compared his own techniques, and progressively formed a chosen group of surgeons who followed his teachings worldwide, and who, under his precepts, feel safe when repairing a hernia defect.
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