TITLE

Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair: Optimal Technical Variations and Results in 1700 Cases

AUTHOR(S)
Quilici, Philippe J.; Greaney Jr., Edward M.; Quilici, Jean; Anderson, Susan
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
American Surgeon;Sep2000, Vol. 66 Issue 9, p848
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A follow-up series of 1700 laparoscopic inguinofemoral herniorrhaphies by a single surgical team is presented (1381 patients). Two standard techniques were used: transabdominal preperitoneal (1452 cases) and totally extraperitoneal (248 cases). Mean follow-up was 5.3 years. There were 348 patients with bilateral hernias, 121 with recurrent hernias, and 27 with incarcerated hernias. Numerous technical variations were used as the study progressed. A SurgiPro mesh (USSC, Norwalk, CT) with staple/tack fixation was used in all patients. Average operating time was 41 minutes for unilateral repairs, and 97.3 per cent of the procedures were outpatient procedures. Five recurrences were reported. The postoperative permanent neuropathy rate was found to be negligible, but a 5.1 per cent rate of uncomplicated ipsilateral postoperative seromas is reported. All patients were instructed to return to unrestricted physical activities on postoperative day one. Ninety per cent of the patients were able to do so within 5 days versus 93 per cent in 7 days. Ninety-six per cent of all patients felt minimal pain and discomfort after 72 hours. There was no significant difference in recovery or morbidity between the transabdominal preperitoneal and totally extraperitoneal repairs. To date laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy continues to be a difficult procedure with a significant learning curve. The reported surgical performance data and the described optimal technical variations make this procedure a viable and competitive repair in the surgical management of inguinofemoral hernia.
ACCESSION #
3554431

 

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