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  • 2016-11-03

Full laparoscopic repair of a post-traumatic diaphragmatic hernia with mesh insertion

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2016;16(11). URL:
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This is the case of a 34-year-old man who suffered from a blunt trauma, 8 months before this surgery. He presented with oppressive chest pain, lasting for a week, increasing while exercising and decreasing when lying down. No history of chronic pathology or smoking was reported. He was admitted to hospital. CT-scan of the abdomen and thorax showed a left diaphragmatic hernia. A laparoscopic diaphragmatic hernioplasty was decided upon. The patient is placed in a right semi-lateral decubitus position, with a 45-degree tilt. Three trocars were placed; two 5mm trocars in the left upper quadrant, in the anterior axillary line, and in the epigastrium, while a 12mm optical trocar is placed in the upper left quadrant, in the midclavicular line. The left lung is collapsed. Laparoscopy revealed a left diaphragmatic defect, with a diaphragmatic hernia which contains the spleen, small bowel loops, and the omentum. The hernia contents are reduced into the abdominal cavity. The diaphragmatic defect is then sutured with non-absorbable material. A GORE® DUALMESH® biomaterial is placed over the previous defect and attached to the diaphragm with steel ENDO TACKERS™. A pleurostomy tube is placed and the lung is expanded. The patient outcome was uneventful and he was discharged 5 days after the procedure.