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  • 2013-11-07

TAPP laparoscopic repair of right inguinal hernia after artificial sphincter placement for post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2013;13(11). URL:
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Incapacitating post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence may be managed by the placement of an artificial sphincter. This sphincter is composed of an inflatable circular tape (the sphincter itself), a remote control located in the scrotum, and of a reservoir connected to the sphincter by a catheter. This reservoir is positioned within the preperitoneal space using an anterior inguinal approach through a mini-incision in the transversalis fascia which weakens the posterior wall of the inguinal canal, hence increasing the risk of inguinal hernia. This film demonstrates a typical case management of such hernia. The anterior approach is delicate as repair of the inguinal canal may well induce trauma to the catheter connected to the retromuscular balloon. The posterior approach is therefore valuable as it allows to see the balloon prior to dissecting the preperitoneal space. The film highlights the specific issues to be dealt with as well as the tips and tricks related to this approach.