Background: A diaphragmatic hernia is a quite uncommon disease, being congenital or post-traumatic. Its diagnosis is frequently incidental. The surgical treatment can be performed through the abdomen as well as through the chest. Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy offer a surgical benefit, because of reduced abdominal wall trauma and added advantages provided by minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Transumbilical single incision laparoscopy (TSIL), in addition to improved cosmetic results, can offer other advantages to MIS such as reduced postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, and improved patient comfort.
Video: The authors report the case of a 45-year-old man who consulted for a non-traumatic left lateral diaphragmatic hernia, which was discovered incidentally, and which was treated using TSIL suture and mesh reinforcement.
Results: Laparoscopic time was 104 minutes and perioperative bleeding was insignificant. The final umbilical scar was 15mm. During the postoperative course, only 4 grams of paracetamol were used. The patient was discharged on the 1st postoperative day, after chest X-ray control. At consultation, the patient did not report the use of painkillers and, at 1, 6, and 12 months, the chest X-ray control was negative for recurrence.
Conclusions: Uncommon conditions, such as a lateral diaphragmatic hernia, can be approached using TSIL, because this technique adds an improved cosmetic result, a reduced postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, and an improved patient comfort.