Suture Passer Tip Breakage During Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair

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Abstracts:Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair generally employs a tacker and a suture passer to secure the mesh to the abdominal wall. We reviewed cases of Gore Suture Passer tip breakage during these procedures and their management. Surgeons performing laparoscopic ventral hernia repair were asked about encountered complications relating to the Gore Suture Passer instrument. Charts of the patients with significant alteration in the course of their procedure secondary to such complication were reviewed. Two cases of suture passer tip breakage were identified. One required fluoroscopy to localize and recover the tip, resulting in significant prolongation of the operation. The other required conversion to laparotomy with mesh removal; the tip of the Gore Suture Passer was found in the pelvis and the hernia was repaired with a Stoppa technique. The Gore Suture Passer tip may break during laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, which may significantly complicate the case.

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