Journal of Minimal Access Surgery

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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 253--255

A new hybrid mini-laparoscopic technique for Spigelian hernia

Gustavo Lopes Carvalho1, Gustavo Henrique Belarmino Góes2, Raquel Nogueira Cordeiro3, Diego Laurentino Lima4, Lucyeli Luna Lopes Amorim2, Raimundo Hugo Matias Furtado2,  
1 Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Pernambuco; Member of UNIPECLIN (Clinical Research Group of the University of Pernambuco), University of Pernambuco; Videolaparoscopic Surgery Clinic Gustavo Carvalho, Recife, Brazil
2 Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
3 Department of General Surgery, Pernambuco Health College, Recife, Brazil
4 Department of General Surgery, State Servers Hospital, Recife, Brazil

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We describe the original technique used for the treatment of a patient who presented with pain and bulging in the abdomen, who was diagnosed with Spigelian hernia (SH) using ultrasound. In this case, the hernia occurred in the anterolateral abdominal wall with herniation of the distal ileum and mesentery, in addition to a large right inguinal hernia. A mini-laparoscopic approach was proposed; due to Child-A hepatic cirrhosis, it was done by a hybrid technique, using a harmonic scalpel. The primary closure of the hernia defects was performed, followed by the placement of a polypropylene mesh in the preperitoneal space. The mesh was fixed. In this case, the inguinal hernia was homolateral to the SH. Following the surgery, the patient had no further complications, being discharged the day after the procedure.

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Carvalho GL, Góes GH, Cordeiro RN, Lima DL, Amorim LL, Furtado RH. A new hybrid mini-laparoscopic technique for Spigelian hernia.J Min Access Surg 2019;15:253-255

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Carvalho GL, Góes GH, Cordeiro RN, Lima DL, Amorim LL, Furtado RH. A new hybrid mini-laparoscopic technique for Spigelian hernia. J Min Access Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 24 ];15:253-255
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Spigelian hernia (SH) is an uncommon type of hernia characterised by a protrusion of the preperitoneal fat or abdominal contents, through a congenital defect or weakness in the Spigelian fascia.[1],[2] The objective of the present study is to report the successful surgical treatment of a patient with SH by an original hybrid mini-laparoscopic approach.

 Case Report

A 71-year-old male patient presented with severe pain in the hypogastric region. Ultrasonography revealed anteroposterior abdominal wall defect (3.5 cm) with herniation of loops of the distal ileum and mesentery (SH compatible). A large right inguinal hernia (2.8 cm) was also diagnosed. A minimally invasive combined approach was performed.

Surgical case description

A transumbilical incision was performed in the umbilical scar, and an 11 mm trocar was inserted under direct vision. The pneumoperitoneum was created using the open technique, with the visualization of the peritoneal cavity. A 3.5 mm trocar was introduced in the right periumbilical hypogastric region, and dissection of the preperitoneal space was performed with the CO2 and the dissector. The 11 mm trocar was removed and reintroduced into the newly created preperitoneal space. The laparoscopic view confirmed two defects on the right side: one in the inguinal region and the other lateral to the rectus abdominal muscle [Figure 1]. A mini-laparoscopic (3.5 mm) trocar was inserted to the left of the lower umbilical midline into the preperitoneal space under direct vision. Through the Luer-lock of this trocar, CO2 under pressure was injected, and a preperitoneal workspace was created. A 5 mm trocar was inserted in the right flank, also inside the newly created preperitoneal space, for the use of harmonic scalpel. Next, an 11 mm trocar was inserted blindly into the preperitoneal space through the same umbilical incision but through a subcutaneous tunnel in the aponeurotic region that was 2–3 cm below the umbilical orifice. A 3 mm trocar was used on the left flank for the mini grasping forceps. A harmonic scalpel was chosen in this surgery due to the underlying liver disease, cirrhotic (Child-A) patient. We chose to close the two herniary orifices to reduce the risk of recurrence, and the formation of seroma. Besides, we used a fish scale suture to close the defects [Figure 1], with totally extraperitoneal (TEP) technique. As the two hernias were homolateral, a single mesh (28 cm × 16 cm) was used, which facilitates and reduces the cost of the procedure [Figure 2]. We used haemostatic tissue in the bladder region to decrease bleeding after dissection [Figure 2]. In addition to the use of tackers, a transfascial suture was used to fix the mesh. The 11 mm trocar was removed and reintroduced into the peritoneal cavity to evaluate the position of the mesh. The procedure was uneventful, with a total duration of 125 min. The patient had no further complications, being discharged in the 1st post-operatory day.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}


Although nonspecific and variable, the clinical presentation of SH consists of abdominal pain that is poorly localizedor referred to the area of the hernia, especially in cases where the orifice is small, exacerbated by physical activity or coughing and relieved in the decubitus position.[1] The gold-standard imaging examination is ultrasonography. However, when the diagnostic doubt persists, a computed tomography scan is used.[3]

The SH has always a surgical indication, and the technique by the anterior route begins with the dissection and reduction of the hernia content followed by the closure of the orifice; another alternative is the placement of a synthetic mesh in the preperitoneal region (posterior to the transverse muscle) or the pre-muscular region (between the external and internal oblique muscles) to strengthen the abdominal wall.[2]

The endoscopic approach may be intra-abdominal, preperitoneal or TEP. In these approaches, the mesh should overlap 4–5 cm of the margins of the hernia defect, being eventually fixed to avoid its displacement.[2]

A combined transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) TEP technique was previously described for the treatment of inguinal hernias. The combination of mini-laparoscopy (MINI)-TEP-TAPP with the use of MINI instruments is simple, safe and versatile. Mini-laparoscopic preperitoneal dissection also allows faster and easier formation of the preperitoneal space, reducing the learning curve.[4]

The mini-laparoscopic approach, compared with conventional laparoscopy, causes less post-operative pain due to less trauma to the abdominal wall, provides better visualization of the operative field and dexterity of movements, and it is associated with a shorter hospital stay. In more precise and complex procedures, the low friction of the 3 mm instruments shows better results.[5],[6],[7],[8]


We described the successful treatment of one patient with Spigelian hernia by the minimally invasive combined approach: TAPP and TEP. MINI for hernia reduction showed to be a safe and effective method, with faster post-operative recovery and early hospital discharge.

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