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Minimally Invasive Surgery
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 260131, 4 pages
Clinical Study

Relaparoscopic Treatment of Recurrences after Previous Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair

1Department of General Surgery, Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Cerrahpasa, Fatih, 34098 Istanbul, Turkey
2General Surgery Clinic, Kozyatagi Acibadem Hospital, 34742 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 20 June 2013; Accepted 13 October 2013

Academic Editor: Peng Hui Wang

Copyright © 2013 Metin Ertem et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Relaparoscopic treatment of inguinal hernia recurrences has become a relatively new concept with favourable results. The purpose of this study was to examine a series of relaparoscopic repair, present technical experiences, and the clinical outcomes in this subset of patients. Patients and Methods. The medical records of five patients who underwent relaparoscopic repair (TAPP or TEP) for a recurrence between March 2005 and September 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. Results. All the patients were male with a mean age of 45 years. Technical failures in the previous repairs were the main factors contributing to recurrences. In two re-TEP cases with no previous mesh fixation, the old mesh remained on the peritoneal side during preperitoneal dissection and this greatly facilitated surgical manipulation. The mean operative time was 93 min (range, 45–120 min). There were no conversions, no intraoperative complications, and no morbidity or rerecurrence after a mean follow-up period of 17 months (range, 7–24 months). Conclusion. Relaparoscopic repair appears to be safe and effective in the treatment of recurrent inguinal hernia and repeated TEP could be a simpler approach than expected in the presence of no prior mesh fixation.