Lap Inguinal Hernia

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (LIHR) has got comparable results in comparison to open hernia repair (OHR). Many studies have shown that LIHR gives similar results in terms of recurrence as compared with OHR but with the added advantage of less chances of post operative, pain, wound infection and early return to activity. LIHR was started using the transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) approach. Another technique of LIHR that has evolved is totally extra peritoneal (TEP) repair. There is only one study of 52 patients comparing TAPP with TEP repair and thus there is insufficient information as to which of the 2 techniques is better. Therefore, we have designed the present study to compare the transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) technique with totally extra peritoneal (TEP) technique of laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. The advantages of TEP may include – no breach of peritoneum so less risk of bowel injury and post-operative adhesions.


We will be using a modified technique of TEP repair where we will not use tacker to fix the mesh to reduce the cost of the procedure. On the other hand, TAPP is easy to perform and probably better for irreducible hernia. There is no such comparative study reported in the literature. We have been performing both TAPP and TEP procedures for hernia repair regularly in the department.


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