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Laparoscopic repair – TAPP

Trans-Abdominal Pre-peritoneal Repair (TAPP), is an alternative keyhole technique for inguinal hernia repair. With this technique, a camera is inserted into the abdominal cavity. Gas is introduced, enabling the surgeon to see the hernia sac. The hernia is repaired using a piece of mesh which is inserted behind the muscle of the abdominal wall.

The principal advantages of this technique over open surgery are:

  • less post-operative pain,
  • a quicker recovery a
  • a quicker return to full physical activities.
  • There is no significant difference in the recovery after TEP or TAPP repair.

What complications can occur?

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Wound infection
  • Mesh infection
  • Scar
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Atrophy of the testicle (Shrinkage)
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary embolus
  • Bowel injury
  • Seroma
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