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Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
versión impresa ISSN 1137-6627
OLEA, J. M. et al. Minimally invasive surgery of the inguinal hernia. Anales Sis San Navarra [online]. 2005, vol.28, suppl.3, pp.41-50. ISSN 1137-6627.
The minimally invasive approach to the inguinal hernia shows advantages with respect to previous conventional approaches in bilateral and recurrent inguinal hernias; while the initial results were bad, new problems were added deriving from the laparoscopic approach. The aim of this article is to describe the surgical technique and analyse the preliminary results of our series of 600 totally extra-peritoneal hernioplasties, performed at the University Clinic of Navarra. The most frequent complication (25.7%) was the accidental rupture of the peritonea. There were no associated intra-abdominal complications. In the follow-up there were 9 relapses (1.5%) and 13 reinterventions. Eleven (1.8%) of the patients developed transitory neuropathic pain in the femoral cutaneous area. In our experience the totally extra-peritoneal approach is a technique that is especially indicated in relapsed and bilateral hernias. The advantages present, in terms of pain and postoperative discomfort, recovery of physical and labour activity, and the good results with respect to relapses and neuropathic pains, encourage us to indicate it not only in relapsed or bilateral inguinal hernias but also in primary ones.
Palabras clave : Hernia; Hernioplasty; Laparoscopy; Minimally invasive approach; Totally extra-peritoneal hernia.