The transrectus sheath preperitoneal mesh repair for inguinal hernia: technique, rationale, and results of the first 50 cases.
SourceHernia, 16, 3, (2012), pp. 295-9
01 juni 2012
Article / Letter to editor
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SubjectNCEBP 2: Evaluation of complex medical interventions ONCOL 4: Quality of Care
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic and endoscopic hernia repair popularized the preperitoneal mesh position due to promising results concerning less chronic pain. However, considerable proportions of severe adverse events, learning curves, or added costs have to be taken into account. Therefore, open preperitoneal mesh techniques may have more advantages. The open approach to the preperitoneal space (PPS) according to transrectus sheath preperitoneal (TREPP) mesh repair is through the sheath of the rectus abdominus muscle. This technique provides an excellent view of the PPS and facilitates elective or acute hernia reduction and mesh positioning under direct vision. In concordance with the promising transinguinal preperitoneal inguinal hernia repair experiences in the literature, we investigated the feasibility of TREPP. METHODS: A rationale description of the surgical technique, available level of evidence for thoughts behind technical considerations. Furthermore, a descriptive report of the clinical outcomes of our pilot case series including 50 patients undergoing the TREPP mesh repair. RESULTS: A consecutive group of our first 50 patients were operated with the TREPP technique. No technical problems were experienced during the development of this technique. No conversions to Lichtenstein repair were necessary. No recurrences and no chronic pain after a mean follow-up of 2 years were notable findings. CONCLUSION: This description of the technique shows that the TREPP mesh repair might be a promising method because of the complete preperitoneal view, the short learning curve, and the stay-away-from-the-nerves principle. The rationale of the TREPP repair is discussed in detail.
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