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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31-34

The laparoscopic transperitoneal approach for irreducible inguinal hernias: Perioperative outcome in four patients

Department of Surgery, New Civil Hospital and Government Medical College, Surat, Gujarat, India

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Rajan B Jagad
450, New L I G, Anandnagar, Bhavnagar - 364 005, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.55104

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Background : Incarceration and strangulation are the most feared complications of inguinal hernia. Till date, incarcerated hernias have traditionally been treated by conventional open repair. Reports are now available for the feasibility of laparoscopic repair of incarcerated inguinal hernia. Here, we described our experience with the transperitoneal approach for incarcerated hernias. Materials and Methods : Between January 2008 and May 2008, four patients were presented with a history of irreducible hernia, abdominal distention and vomiting. All the patients had right-sided inguinal hernia. Reductions of the hernia contents were not possible in any patient. The patients were treated on emergency basis with laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal hernia repair. Retrospective analyses of all the patients were done. Results: Reduction of the bowel was achieved in all but one patient, who required the division of the internal ring on lateral side. Transperitoneal mesh repair was performed. No major complications were encountered. One patient developed seroma formation that was treated conservatively. Conclusion: Laparoscopic transperitoneal approach has the advantage of observation of the hernia content for a longer period of time. The division of the internal ring can be done under direct vision. Other intra-abdominal pathology and opposite side hernia can be diagnosed and treated at the same time.


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