Table 1

Inclusion and exclusion criteria
Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
- Male gender - Female gender
- Age ≥ 18 and ≤ 60 years - Age ≥ 60 years
- Primary, reducible inguinal hernias - Period of high fever prior to semen analysis
- Bilateral hernias - Recurrent inguinal hernias
- Eligible for TEP (and therefore for general anesthesia) - Unilateral hernias
- Hydrocele and/or varicocele
- Femoral or scrotal hernias
- Incarcerated hernias
- ASA classification ≥ III
- Previous medical history of:
·Testicular infection(s)
·Testicular torsion
·Cryptorchidism
·Inguinal, scrotal, testicular or prostate surgery
·Vasectomy
·Radiotherapy of pelvic region
·Diabetes Mellitus
·Cystic Fibrosis
·Fertility problems and/or treatment, erection disorders or (other) problems in sexual function
·Use of gonadotrofine medication
·Use of anabolic steroids

Schouten et al.

Schouten et al. BMC Surgery 2012 12:7   doi:10.1186/1471-2482-12-7

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