Departmental Bulletin Paper A new modification of laparoscopic percutaneous extraperitoneal closure procedure for repairing pediatric femoral hernias involving a special needle and a wire loop

Tainaka, Takahisa  ,  Uchida, Hiroo  ,  Ono, Yasuyuki  ,  Tanano, Akihide  ,  Shirota, Chiyoe  ,  Yokota, Kazuki  ,  Murase, Naruhiko  ,  Makita, Satoshi  ,  Shirotsuki, Ryo

77 ( 3 )  , pp.531 - 535 , 2015-08 , Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, School of Medicine
Femoral hernias are relatively rare in children, and more than half of pediatric femoral hernias are misdiagnosed. A 3-year-old boy was treated for an indirect inguinal hernia at the age of 2, but he exhibited an inguinal bulge one month after the operation. He underwent laparoscopy, and a right femoral hernia was detected. The femoral hernia was laparoscopically repaired via two small incisions: a 1.0-cm umbilical incision for a 3-mm 30° laparoscope and 3-mm grasping forceps and a 5-mm right lateral incision for 3-mm grasping forceps. After the hernia sac had been reflected into the abdominal cavity and resected, the iliopubic tract was sutured to Cooper’s ligament using a laparoscopic percutaneous extracorporeal closure (LPEC) needle and 2–0 non-absorbable sutures. Laparoscopy enables the accurate diagnosis of rare and often missed pediatric femoral hernias. Our laparoscopic technique for treating femoral hernias is easy and effective. Although these early results are encouraging, more cases involving longer follow-up periods should be accumulated to confirm the efficacy of our technique.

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