Long-term outcomes of laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repairs performed by supervised surgical trainees

Benjamin Zendejas, Edwin O. Onkendi, Rushin D. Brahmbhatt, Christine M. Lohse, Susan M. Greenlee, David R. Farley

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Abstract

Background Long-term outcomes of laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal (TEP) inguinal hernia repairs performed by supervised surgical trainees are absent. Methods Retrospective review of TEP inguinal hernioplasties performed by trainees at our institution. Results From 1995 to 2009, a total of 1,479 inguinal hernia repairs on 976 patients were performed by supervised surgical trainees. The mean patient age was 54 years (range 586). Men (97%), direct defects (51%), and bilateral repairs (52%) predominated. Recurrent hernias compromised 17%. Four (.4%) patients were converted to open surgery because of scarring. Postoperative complications consisted of urinary retention (8%), seroma (3%), and hematoma (2%). Trainee participation included interns (46%), PGY-2s (10%), PGY-3s (2%), PGY-4s (3%), and PGY-5s (39%). With a mean follow-up of 6.1 years, recurrence and bothersome groin pain rates were 2.6% and 1.5%, respectively. Conclusions With adequate supervision, surgical trainees can safely perform the TEP repair with good long-term outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-384
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume201
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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