Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp 928–930 | Cite as

Evolving techniques in endoscopic extraperitoneal herniorrhaphy

  • G. Ferzli
  • T. Kiel


Endoscopic extraperitoneal herniorrhaphy (EEPH) was utilized to repair 326 groin hernias in 249 patients over a 32-month period. Nearly one in ten of the repairs was for a recurrent hernia. Several patients had contralateral hernias diagnosed only at the time of endoscopic examination. A recurrence rate of 1.6% and an overall complication rate of 5.2% are cited. After a plateau was reached on the surgeon's learning curve, various modifications in technique were implemented. Through these modifications, EEPH has become a safe, efficient, and standardized operation that can be performed with decreasing costs to the hospital and with increasing advantages to the patient.

Key words

Laparoscopy Herniorrhaphy Extraperitoneal 


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© Springer-Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Ferzli
    • 1
  • T. Kiel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryStaten Island University HospitalStaten IslandUSA

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