Preliminary Experience with Laparoscopic Repair of Inguinal Hernias
Herbert R. Freund, Dan Seror, Dan Eimerl, Oded Zamir
Surgery and Anesthesiology Depts., Hadassah-University Hospital, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem
During 1992-1996 we performed 163 laparoscopic hernia repairs in 100 men and 2 women. The mean age was 50.6; and in 61 the operation was bilateral. 66 were by transabdominal preperitoneal approach and 36 btotal extra-peritoneal approach. There were only a few minor complications and total recurrence rate was only 4.3%, partly attributable to our learning curve. Laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy reduces postoperative incisional and muscular pain and causes less disruption in the postoperative period than open repair. Return to normal activity and work is faster for laparoscopic than for open repair, but operating room costs are higher (time and equipment). However, economic advantages for the national economy should be considered.