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Two different laparoscopic techniques for repairing a hernia in the groin

An inguinal hernia is a weakness in the wall of the abdominal cavity that is large enough to allow escape of soft body tissue or internal organ, especially a part of the intestine. It usually appears as a lump and for some peoples can cause pain and discomfort, limit daily activities and the ability to work. If the bowel strangulates or becomes obstructed it can be life‐threatening. A hernia is repaired generally using a synthetic mesh either with open surgery or increasingly using less invasive laparoscopic procedures. The most common laparoscopic techniques for inguinal hernia repair are transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) repair and totally extraperitoneal (TEP) repair. In TAPP the surgeon goes into the peritoneal cavity and places a mesh through a peritoneal incision over possible hernia sites. TEP is different in that the peritoneal cavity is not entered and mesh is used to seal the hernia from outside the peritoneum (the thin membrane covering the organs in the abdomen). This approach is considered to be more difficult than TAPP but may have fewer complications. Laparoscopic repair is technically more difficult than open repair.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2008

Penile Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of penile cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 19, 2016

Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of metastatic cancer that has spread from an unidentified primary tumor.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 28, 2016

Anal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of anal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 7, 2016

Urethral Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of urethral cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 19, 2016

Testicular Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of testicular cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 7, 2016

Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: October 3, 2016

Ovarian Epithelial, Fallopian Tube, and Primary Peritoneal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: November 3, 2016

Vaginal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of vaginal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 14, 2016

Childhood Extracranial Germ Cell Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood extracranial germ cell tumors.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 12, 2016

Childhood Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 16, 2016

Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood rhabdomyosarcoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: December 2, 2016

Vulvar Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of vulvar cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 14, 2016

Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice

This book aims to help consumers and practitioners develop the skills to assess health advice – and hopefully to make decisions that will improve the quality of their care. For some people, making better-informed decisions could be life saving. We hope that it will be useful if you are struggling to come to terms with an illness or injury, and the best ways of managing it. Or you may simply want to lead a healthier life, and may be wondering how to make sense of the often conflicting flood of health information that deluges us every day, through the media, and from our friends and health practitioners.

Hammersmith Press.

Version: 2008

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