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  • 2013-10-14

Single incision transumbilical laparoscopic bilateral inguinal hernia repair (TEP)

Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2013;13(10). URL:
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Background: Laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia by preperitoneal mesh placement (TEP) has been popularized. Recently, with the advent of single incision transumbilical laparoscopy, this procedure has to be considered because it allows to place a big mesh with a very small final scar, which is also cosmetically acceptable. Video: A 48-year-old male was admitted to hospital for right direct and indirect and left direct inguinal hernia. A single-incision transumbilical bilateral TEP was proposed. The patient was placed in a supine position with his legs straight. The surgeon stood first on the patient’s left and on the patient’s right later on in the procedure. The natural umbilical scar was incised and the rectus fascia on the left side was opened. A purse-string suture using Vicryl 1 was placed starting at a 9 o’clock position. An 11mm reusable metallic trocar was introduced behind the left rectus muscle into the preperitoneal space. A 0-degree, normal length and rigid scope was advanced into the 11mm trocar and the preperitoneal space was insufflated. This space was dissected using the optical system, first on the right side, and then on the left side. At the time of hernia sac retraction, a monocurved reusable grasping forceps IV according to DAPRI (Karl Storz Endoskope, Tüttlingen, Germany) was introduced inside the purse-string suture, at a 9 o’clock position, parallel to the 11mm trocar. The bilateral hernia sac was reduced, the peritoneal sheet was retracted, and the spermatic elements skeletonized. Two 15cm (latero-lateral) by 10cm (medial cranio-caudal) by 8cm (lateral cranio-caudal) polypropylene meshes (Bard Davol Inc., Warwick RI, US) were introduced through the 11mm trocar. Both meshes were adequately positioned using the monocurved grasping forceps, placing the lateral corner anteriorly to the peritoneal sheet and the medial corner underneath the pubic bone. Meshes were not fixed and the space was desufflated under view. Results: Operative time was 67 minutes and the final incision length was 12mm. Postoperative pain was controlled by paracetamol (4 g/day) and the patient was discharged after 24 hours. Conclusions: Single incision transumbilical bilateral TEP makes sense because it allows to place two big meshes using a very small final scar. This treatment allows to increase abdominal trauma reduction, already obtained through conventional multitrocar laparoscopic TEP.