Introduction: With the establishment of a hernia specialist service at our medical centre in 1999, laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair was offered to all patients who presented with inguinal hernias. This is a report of our early experience of 100 consecutive laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal inguinal hernioplasties.Materials and Methods: Between June 1999 and January 2000, a total of 82 patients with 100 inguinal hernias underwent laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal hernioplasties. The mean age of the study population was 64 ± 16 (SD) years with a male to female ratio of 79:3. A prospective evaluation and analysis of perioperative outcomes were performed. Results: A total of 97 laparoscopic extraperitoneal inguinal hernioplasties were successfully performed. Three patients required conversion to transabdominal preperitoneal repair because of adhesion (n = 1), large peritoneal defect (n = 1) and the presence of bowel within hernial sac (n = 1). There were no other intraoperative complications. Postoperative morbidity included retention of urine (n = 4), asymptomatic groin collection (n = 4) and wound bruising (n = 2). All complications resolved uneventfully. The visual analogue pain score at rest was 2, 1 and 1 on postoperative days 0, 1 and 2, respectively. The mean length of hospital stay was 2 ± 1 (SD) days. Forty-seven patients (57%) returned to normal activities within one week. Conclusions: The early outcomes of laparoscopic extraperitoneal inguinal hernioplasties were encouraging. It confirmed the early success of laparoscopic repairs of inguinal hernias at our centre. Laparoscopic approach is a safe technique for repair of inguinal hernia in specialised centres.
Inguinal hernia is one of the commonest surgical pathologies in the world. Laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal repair has been gaining popularity in recent years.
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