Laparoscopic Mesh Repair of a Diaphragmatic Hernia of Bochdalek

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The advent of minimally invasive surgery has facilitated the laparoscopic repair of diaphragmatic hernias. One of the difficulties associated with long-standing Bochdalek or Morgagni hernias is that the herniated contents are often quite adherent to the diaphragmatic defect and require considerable dissection before the reduction of herniated organs. Ultrasonic dissection using a harmonic coagulation shears allowed safe, bloodless division of the long-standing adhesions, which is essential for atraumatic reduction of herniated thoracic contents. We herein report the successful laparoscopic mesh repair of a Bochdalek hernia in a 67-year-old man.

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