Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair: a new method for fixation of the mesh with sutures

Rajan Bhadrakumar Jagad
Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques 2008, 18 (3): 277-9

BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic technique has proven to be a safe and feasible alternative to open mesh repair in the treatment of ventral hernias. It has been seen that the recurrence rate is the same as with open repair but with lesser morbidity. For the repair of ventral hernia with laparoscopy, mesh is placed intraperitoneally. The most common approach for intraperitoneal fixation of the mesh is by using a combination of transfascial sutures and tackers. This paper describes a new technique for intraperitoneal fixation of the mesh using sutures.

SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: Adhesions to the previous scar are taken down. Mesh is anchored to the abdominal wall using 4 transfascial sutures at the 4 corners of the mesh. Fixation of the mesh between the transfascial sutures is performed by a new technique using continuous sutures. Fixation of the mesh with tacks is not required.

CONCLUSIONS: This is a novel technique for fixation of the mesh to the abdominal wall intraperitoneally during laparoscopic repair of ventral hernia. Tackers are not required for the fixation of mesh.

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