Laparoscopic Repair of Obturator Hernia

Shen-Lin Wang, MD, Kung-Chen Ho, MD, Chuan-Yen Wei, MD, Shih-Ping Cheng, MD, PhD, Tsang-Pai Liu, MD

Department of Surgery, Mackay Memorial Hospital and Mackay Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan (Drs Wang, Ho, Wei, Cheng, and Liu); Mackay Junior College of Medicine, Nursing, and Management, Taipei, Taiwan (Drs Cheng and Liu).


Obturator hernias are rare, and most cases present as incarcerated hernias. They can be repaired either transabdominally or extraperitoneally, by the conventional open method or a laparoscopic approach. We report our technique of transabdominal laparoscopic direct repair using a running barbed suture in 2 cases. Old age and bowel distention are not contraindications to laparoscopic repair.

Key Words: Barbed suture, Laparoscopy, Obturator hernia.

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