Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 973–977 | Cite as

Laparoscopic transperitoneal inguinal hernia repair (TAPP) after radical prostatectomy: is it safe? Results of prospectively collected data of more than 200 cases

  • Constantin Aurel Wauschkuhn
  • Jochen Schwarz
  • Reinhard Bittner



Feasibility of laparoscopic transperitoneal inguinal hernia repair (TAPP) in primary hernias has been well established, but can the TAPP also be recommended after radical prostatectomy?


Our prospectively collected patient database was reviewed from March 1996 until December 2006 in order to compare operative data and postoperative outcomes in 264 TAPPs after prostatectomy with 10,962 TAPPs because of primary hernias. Patients operated after prostatectomy were divided into two subgroups (year of surgery March 1996–July 2002 and August 2002–December 2006, with 132 TAPPs per group) to check for a possible learning curve.


In the group operated after prostatectomy patients were older (70 vs. 59 years), duration of operation was longer (59 vs. 40 min) and morbidity was higher (5.7 vs. 2.8%), but recurrence rate was similar (0.8 vs. 0.7%) as was body mass index (BMI) (25 kg/m2). Subgroup analysis showed a clear learning curve with a decrease of morbidity (9.8–1.5%) and recurrence rate (1.5–0%) but similar results in operation time (60 and 58 min).


Even if TAPP after radical prostatectomy is a difficult operation it can be performed efficiently and safely. However, for a definite decision regarding recurrence rate long-term results have to be waited for.


Inguinal Hernia Laparoscopic surgery Prostate TAPP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Constantin Aurel Wauschkuhn
    • 1
  • Jochen Schwarz
    • 1
  • Reinhard Bittner
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Visceral, General and Thoracic SurgeryMarienhospital StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Department of Visceral and General SurgeryMarienhospital StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Center for Minimal Invasiv SurgeryBethesda Hospital StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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