Successful Laparoscopic Repair of a Lumbar Hernia Occurring After Iliac Bone Harvest

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IntroductionMany techniques have been described for the surgical repair of lumbar hernias, including primary repair, local tissue flaps, and conventional mesh repair. All these open techniques require a large incision plus extensive dissection to expose the hernia ring. This report presents a case of a recurrent lumbar hernia, which was successfully repaired using a laparoscopic approach.Case ReportA 75-year-old female presented with a symptomatic right lumbar hernia, 1-year after an iliac bone harvest for knee surgery. Under general anesthesia, the patient was placed in a lateral decubitus position. A 3 trocar technique was used to do adhesiolysis of the surrounding tissues, to provide an ample working space to identify the hernia. A composix dual mesh (bard) was tailored so that it would overlap the defect with intermittent fixation by a spiral tacker (protac). No hernia recurrence occurred over 2 years after surgery.ConclusionThe laparoscopic approach has significant advantages for the repair a lumbar hernia: it enables the exact localization of the anatomic defect, and the mesh can be placed deep into the defect, thus allowing the intraabdominal pressure to hold it in position.

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