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Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2018 Sep 25;98(36):2933-2936. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.0376-2491.2018.36.012.

[Totally endoscopic sublay repair (TES)--a novel approach to repair midline ventral hernia].

[Article in Chinese; Abstract available in Chinese from the publisher]

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Department of General Surgery, Affiliated Hexian Memorial Hospital of Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 511400, China.


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Objective: Investigating a novel approach to treat a midline ventral hernia--totally endoscopic sublay repair (TES). The procedure will be described in detail and the safety and efficacy evaluated. Methods: During July and December 2017, eleven consecutive cases of primary and secondary epigastric midline ventral hernias were repaired using the TES procedure. A large mesh should be placed in the retrorectus position using this minimally invasive procedure. The indications for this procedure include umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernia equal in length to the rectus diastasis. Results: All operations were successful without open conversion. The mean operation time was 120 mins(80-205 min), postoperative pain was mild and the mean VAS was 2.5 on first postoperative day. The average postoperative stay in hospital was 3.3 days (2-5 days). 2 cases experienced postoperative seroma but without adverse effect on the final outcome and no recurrences during the follow-up period of 1 to 6 months. Conclusions: TES procedure is safe, practical and minimally invasive requiring no specific device and highly reproducible. Besides there is no need for expensive anti-adhesion mesh and fixation tacker which make it more cost effective. TES is a good technique for the surgical treatment of midline ventral hernia.


Endoscopic hernia repair; Incisional hernia; Rectus diastasis; Retromuscular repair; Ventral hernia

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