Laparoscopic Repair of a Recurrent Chronic Traumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia

Frantzides, Constantine T.; O'Leary, Patrick J.; Madan, Atul K.; Losurdo, John
February 2003
American Surgeon;Feb2003, Vol. 69 Issue 2, p160
Academic Journal
Case Study
Traditionally the approach to a long-standing traumatic diaphragmatic hernia has been a closure of the diaphragmatic defect via a thoracotomy. The evolution of minimally invasive surgery has allowed surgeons to challenge many of the traditional approaches. Herein we describe the first reported case of laparoscopic repair of recurrent chronic traumatic diaphragmatic hernia as well as review the current literature on minimally invasive surgery for traumatic diaphragmatic hernia. With proper advanced laparoscopic skills and techniques laparoscopic diaphragmatic herniorrhaphy for a chronic and recurrent defect is a safe and viable option.


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