Transabdominal Preperitoneal Laparoscopic Repair of Inguinal Hernia

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  • Same as for open repair, but particularly advantageous in:
    • Bilateral
    • Recurrent
  • Poor cardiorespiratory function
  • Inability to tolerate general anesthesia
  • Extensive previous or planned lower abdominal surgery, such as prostate surgery (relative contraindication)
  • Anesthetic unit
  • Operating table
  • Instrument table
  • Diathermy
  • Laparoscopic unit
  • Two monitors
  • A recurrent hernia is usually medial to the inferior epigastric vessels.
  • Boundaries of the triangle of doom:
    • Medial: Vas deferens
    • Lateral: Gonadal vessels
  • Contents of the triangle of doom: External iliac artery, external iliac vein, deep circumflex iliac vein, genital branch of genitofemoral nerve, femoral nerve.
  • Boundaries of the triangle of pain:
    • Inferomedial: Gonadal vessels
    • Superolateral: Iliopubic tract
  • Contents of the triangle of pain: Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, anterior femoral cutaneous nerve, femoral branch of genitofemoral nerve, femoral nerve.
  • Circle of death (corona mortis): Formed by anastomosis of an aberrant obturator artery (or vein), arising from the external iliac or inferior epigastric with a normal obturator vessel arising from the internal iliac.

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The patient should:

  • Take moderate oral analgesia for 1 to 4 days
  • Return to normal activities and work in 2 weeks
  • Avoid lifting more than 15 pounds for 2 weeks
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve injury
  • Spermatic cord injuries
  • Bladder injuries
  • Bowel injury
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Wound infection
  • Seroma
  • Persistent pain
  • Recurrence

Although laparoscopic repair is associated with less postoperative pain and more rapid return to normal activities (including work), it takes longer to perform and may increase the risk of rare but serious complications.

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