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J Med Invest. 2012;59(3-4):235-40.

The safety and usefulness of the single incision, transabdominal pre-peritoneal (TAPP) laparoscopic technique for inguinal hernia.

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Department of Surgery, Institute of Health Biosciences, the University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan.



The safety and usefulness of the SILS-TAPP (transabdominal pre-peritoneal) procedure remain unclear. The aim of this study was to clarify the safety and usefulness of the SILS-TAPP procedure compared with standard laparoscopic TAPP and TEPP (totally extra-peritoneal pre-peritoneal) procedures.


85 patients underwent laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs (TEPP, 30 patients; TAPP, 20 patients; SILS-TAPP, 35 patients) from 2007 to 2011. The operative outcomes of the three groups were compared.


There was no difference in the patients' characteristics among the three groups. The TEPP Group had a longer operation time. One patient in the SILS-TAPP group had an intraoperative complication. One patient in the TAPP group had a postoperative complication, and one patient had ileus and one had an umbilical hernia in the SILS-TAPP group. The postoperative hospital stay was not significantly different among the three groups. There were no recurrences in the TEPP group, 1 case of recurrence (5.0%) in the TAPP group, and 1 case (2.9%) in the SILS-TAPP group.


The present findings show that the SILS-TAPP repair is safe and feasible for the repair of adult inguinal hernia.

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