J Minim Invasive Surg.  2022 Mar;25(1):36-39. 10.7602/jmis.2022.25.1.36.

Prevention and management of intraoperative complication during single incision laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal repair

  • 1Department of Surgery, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea


Serious complications related to hernia surgeries have rarely been reported. One meta-analysis comparing laparoscopic and open mesh repair reported that 0.4% of potentially serious operative complications were reported. Previous studies have reported that uncommon serious intraoperative complications more frequently occur during laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs. One study has shown that patients with history of lower abdominal surgery are at an increased risk of visceral injury during laparoscopic hernia repair. Vascular injuries at dissection and mesh fixation or suturing in the preperitoneal space typically involve the epigastric or aberrant obturator vessels crossing the Cooper’s ligament. However, complications can occur at every step of the operation, although only few are reported. Therefore, we report our experiences of intraoperative complications during single-incision laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal hernia repair and how to prevent and manage intraoperative complications.


Inguinal hernia; Laparoscopy; Minimally invasive surgical procedures; Intraoperative complications
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