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Minimally invasive inguinal hernia repair is not superior to open: Author’s reply

  • B. Pokala
  • P. R. Armijo
  • L. Flores
  • D. Hennings
  • Dmitry OleynikovEmail author
Letter to the Editor


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Dr. Oleynikov is the stockholder of Virtual Incision Corporation. Dr. Pokala, Dr. Armijo, Ms. Flores, and Dr. Hennings have nothing to disclose.

Ethical approval

This research was not classified as human subjects research, ethical approval was not required.

Human and animal rights

This study was not classified as human subjects research, IRB approval was not required.

Informed consent

Informed consent was not necessary for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, General Surgery, Nebraska Medical CenterUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Advanced Surgical TechnologyUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  3. 3.College of MedicineUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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