PROSTHESIS FOR REPAIR OF DIRECT SPACE AND INDIRECT SPACE INGUINAL HERNIAS
 Inventors: Leonard S. Schultz, 8883 Flesher Cir.,
Eden Prairie, Minn. 55347; Joseph J.
Pietrafitta, 5571 Bristol La.,
Minnetonka, Minn. 55343; John N.
Graber, 5039 Bryant Ave. S.,
Minneapolis, Minn. 55409; David F.
Hickok, 2300 Oliver Ave. S„
Minneapolis, Minn. 55405
 Appl. No.: 126,166
 Filed: Sep. 23,1993
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation of Ser. No. 653,083, Feb. 8, 1991, abandoned.
 Int. CI.6 A61F 2/04
 U.S. CI 623/12; 600/37; 606/213
 Field of Search 623/12; 600/37;
602/60; 606/213, 151; 383/84
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
2,513,575 7/1950 Lombard 383/84 X
Primary Examiner—David H. Willse
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Dorsey & Whitney
A method of repair of direct space and indirect space inguinal hernias and a unique prosthesis enable the use of laparoscopic surgical techniques with the benefits associated therewith, while greatly reducing the recurrence of hernial defects. The prosthetic device in accordance with the present invention is a unitary piece having an abdominal wall engaging base, a hollow projection, and a slurry retaining flap. The base includes a flange that anchors the prosthetic device against the abdominal wall and a flange that covers and gives support to the surrounding abdominal wall where direct space inguinal hernia recurrence is high. The projection, situated between the ledge and the flange, is received within the defect associated with inguinal hernias and lends support thereto.
9 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets