Laparoscopic repair of incisional abdominal hernias using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene: preliminary findings.

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Laparoscopic techniques were used in five cases to repair incisional abdominal hernias ranging in size from 1.5 to 6 cm2. Four to five trocars were used in each case, one in the upper midline and three or four placed laterally. All repairs were made using 1-mm-thick expanded polytetrafluoroethylene patches inserted intraperitoneally and stapled to the anterior abdominal wall over the defects, making use of intra-abdominal pressure to secure the repair. The surgical technique is an extension of our current laparoscopic techniques for repairing inguinal hernias and potentially offers a significant decrease in morbidity.

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@article{Leblanc1993LaparoscopicRO, title={Laparoscopic repair of incisional abdominal hernias using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene: preliminary findings.}, author={Karl A Leblanc and Walter Booth}, journal={Surgical laparoscopy & endoscopy}, year={1993}, volume={3 1}, pages={39-41} }