Laparoscopic Totally Extraperitoneal Repair for Inguinal Hernias (TEP): Part II

  • Jonathan D. Spitz
  • Maurice E. Arregui


The repair of inguinal hernia is one of the most common procedures performed by general surgeons. However, there remains no consensus on the optimal approach. The anterior tension-free mesh repair popularized by Lichtenstein is perhaps the most widely used technique, with a reported recurrence rate less than 1%. However, the same level of success has not been universally achieved. When one considers all current methods of hernia repair, the recurrence rate approaches 10%. Additionally, patients with open repairs have greater postoperative discomfort and a longer interval until preoperative performance status is achieved, and a contralateral or femoral hernia may be missed.


Hernia Repair Inguinal Hernia Spermatic Cord Preperitoneal Space Laparoscopic Hernia Repair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan D. Spitz
    • 1
  • Maurice E. Arregui
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General SurgerySt. Vincent Hospital and Healthcare CenterIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of General SurgerySt. Vincent Hospital and Healthcare CenterIndianapolisUSA

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