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Laparoscopic repair – TEP

The Totally Extraperitoneal Repair (TEP) is a keyhole technique for inguinal hernia repair. With this technique, hernias are repaired using a piece of mesh which is placed behind the muscle of the abdominal wall.

The principal advantages of this technique over open surgery are:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • A quicker recovery
  • Faster return to full physical activity

The TEP repair differs from the TAP in that the abdominal cavity is not entered with the laparoscope.  All the surgery is performed in the layers outside the peritoneum.  The risk of bowel injury is therefore less with this technique.

The TEP repair is particularly recommended for the repair of bilateral inguinal hernias and recurrent inguinal hernias.  The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia (Asleep).  Three small incisions are made in the midline between the umbilicus and the pubic bone.

Complications that can occur

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Wound infection
  • Mesh infection
  • Scar
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Atrophy of the testicle
  • Hernia recurrence
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