Laparoscopic repair of paediatric indirect inguinal hernia: modified flip flap technique
Di Crescenzo, Rosa Maria
Rubino, Maria Serena
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In paediatric age, indirect inguinal hernia represents more than 95% of the hernial disease. It is a congenital type, in contrast with adulthood in which acquired forms are more frequently found (1). The laparoscopic correction of indirect inguinal hernia is one of the most common surgeries performed in paediatric age. In recent years, various techniques have been introduced for the videolaparoscopic correction of this disease. The aim of this study is to provide an assessment of the efficacy and safety of the execution of a modified Flip-Flap technique, using tissue glue for filling of Peritoneal-vaginal duct (DPV), performed in order to ensure greater suture tightness and reduce the incidence of postoperative hydrocele. The Authors present a retrospective review of their record of cases, considering a total of 187 patients aged between 18 months and 14 years. For the correction of the hernial defect, the modified VLS FlipFlap technique was carried out. The evaluation of safety, efficacy, operating time, relapse rate and development of short-term complications (such as postoperative hydrocele, scrotal hematoma or ecchymosis, atrophy or iatrogenic testicle ascension) was considered in a mean follow-up of 6 months. The Authors suggest that this variant of the peritoneal Flip-Flap technique is simple to perform; its safety, reproducibility and effectiveness is proven and has a percentage of relapses and complications overlapping with the “open” approach and superior to other laparoscopic techniques.