According to Roman scripture, it was Celsus who attempted the first inguinal hernia repair in history during the first century A.D. His attempts were unsuccessful and resulted in an early recurrence of the hernia, which eventually led to the patient’s death.1 Over the next two millennia, little understanding was gained regarding the anatomy of the inguinal canal. It was only in the last 100 years that major advancements in herniorrhaphy were established, thanks in large part to the work of Edoardo Bassini, who revolutionized the surgical treatment of the inguinal hernia with a technique which has become the basis of modern-day herniorrhaphy.
Recommended CitationTan, B.S., Wei Phin; Lavu, MD, Harish; Rosato, MD, Ernest L.; Yeo, MD, Charles J.; and Cowan, MD, Scott W., "Edoardo Bassini (1844-1924): father of modern-day hernia surgery." (2013). Department of Surgery Gibbon Society Historical Profiles. Paper 20.