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Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1998 Aug;8(4):294-9.

Laparoscopic ventral and incisional hernia repair.

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Texas Endosurgery Institute, San Antonio, USA.


Incisional hernia repair poses a difficult problem for the general surgeon because of the high incidence of recurrence (50%) and a reported 10% infection rate. Use of a mesh by the anterior approach to replace or reinforce the defect has marginally reduced the recurrence rate, but not the infection rate, especially in obese patients. With the evolution of minimally invasive surgery, we thought that a potential was present to reduce the postoperative stay, lessen pain, and decrease the incidence of both recurrence and infection. From February 1991 through February 1998, a total of 176 patients with complicated umbilical and incisional hernias have been repaired; the follow-up has been from 1 to 84 months. The complication rate was 5.1%, with an infection rate of 1.7% and a 1.1% incidence of recurrence. Seventeen patients had combined procedures, including cholecystectomy, inguinal hernia repair, and antireflux procedures.

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