What are the laparoscopic techniques used in the surgical treatment of abdominal inguinal hernias?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Laparoscopic techniques are increasingly being used to repair both primary hernias and recurrent hernias (see Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair). The totally extraperitoneal (TEP) approach is usually favored over the transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) approach because of the complications that arise from exposed intraperitoneal mesh in the latter. Postoperative pain, time to full recovery, and return to work are improved with the laparoscopic approach, but it is more expensive. Short-term recurrence data are comparable so far.

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