2015 Volume 82 Issue 5 Pages 246-249
Tension-free hernia repair with a mesh plug causes relatively low postoperative pain and allows an earlier return to work, as well as a low recurrence rate. Occasionally, however, hernioplasty can result in complications including mesh migration and invasion of intra-abdominal organs. This report describes the case of a 57-year-old man who had undergone a right inguinal hernioplasty 13 years previously. Recovery was uneventful until he experienced inflammation of the groin, and required open drainage three times for a refractory abscess in his right groin. Additional colonoscopy and x-ray examinations with contrast medium clearly demonstrated a mesh plug that had migrated and penetrated the cecum, forming a colocutaneous fistula. The mesh was successfully removed under general anesthesia, and the inflammation in the groin resolved.