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Laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy: the new gold standard of hernia repair?

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Title: Laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy: the new gold standard of hernia repair?
Authors: Oishi, A J
Gardiner, B N
Furumoto, N
Machi, J
Oishi, R H
Issue Date: Nov 1998
Abstract: The surgical treatment of the common inguinal hernia has been one of the most analyzed and debated topics in medicine. Recently, with the success of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques has led to it's application for inguinal hernia repair. Current laparoscopic herniorrhaphies are based on the principles of conventional open preperitoneal repairs and are classified into two types: 1) transabdominal preperitoneal repair (TAPP) and 2) totally extraperitoneal repair (TEP). Common advantages to both techniques include a decrease in postoperative pain, earlier return to normal activity, and improved cosmesis. Both laparoscopic techniques have the disadvantage of requiring general or regional anesthesia and increased procedural costs. Lastly, there is a concern that laparoscopic hernia repair has not been around long enough to know the risk of late recurrences. Laparoscopic herniorrhaphy, however, is a viable alternative to standard open inguinal hernia repair.
ISSN: 0017-8594
Appears in Collections:Hawaii Medical Journal Articles For 1998

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