Laparoscopic hernia repair: use of a fenestrated PTFE graft with endo-clips.
A prospective study of 15 patients undergoing elective laparoscopic herniorrhaphy was performed using the introduction of a polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE, GORE-TEX) patch fenestrated around the edges to facilitate the use of an Endo-Clip applier. Patient tolerance was increased, and time lost from work was reduced. Two patients treated for prostatitis resumed sexual activity within the first 10 days with no recurrences or intra-abdominal infections. Fenestration of the PTFE patch was possible without fraying the material and without compromising the strength of the patch. The Endo-Clip applier secures the patch to the ligamentous structures. Initial cases were followed for 6 months.
Published In/Presented At
Campos, L., & Sipes, E. (1993). Laparoscopic hernia repair: use of a fenestrated PTFE graft with endo-clips. Surgical laparoscopy & endoscopy, 3(1), 35–38.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery