What is the importance of specific training in performing totally extraperitoneal (TEP) laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Danny A Sherwinter, MD; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Before independently performing a TEP repair, surgeons should receive specific training in the technique. [92] Sound laparoscopic skills provide a solid foundation, but mentoring in the technique leads to improved outcomes. Mentoring is most valuable with regard to gaining familiarity with the preperitoneal anatomy and its variations. A complete TEP procedure is shown in the video below.

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair: TEP. Video courtesy of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

Variations of TEP repair that use only one port have been described; some promising results have been obtained, but further study is required. [93, 94]


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