Intraoperative laparoscopy by a flexible scope: Is a a good alternative to routine bilateral exploration in childhood hernias?

Gursoy M., Gurel M., Koltuksuz U., Uguralp S., Aydinc M.

5th Annual Congress of the European-Association-for-Endoscopic-Surgery / 3rd Asian-Pacific Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, İstanbul, Türkiye, 17 - 21 Haziran 1997, ss.241-243 identifier

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  • Basıldığı Ülke: Türkiye
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.241-243


Negative contralateral explorations go on raising the question on whether the contralateral exploration is still necessary or not. To iind out whether the contralateral processus vaginalis was patent or not, we performed intraoperative non-puncture laparoscopy by a flexible scope. We inserted the flexible scope through the open hernia sac and tried to see the opening of the contralateral processus vaginalis. The study involved a total of 20 children, 16 boys and 4 girls. The symptomatic side was explored and laparoscopy was performed through the opened hernial sac. We found a contralateral processus vaginalis in 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls, by flexible scopy. We confirmed the results by exploring the opposite groin. There was 1 false-positive result in a girl. Intraoperative non-puncture laparoscopy by a flexible scope through the hernial opening is an uncomplicated, reliable and precise method. it may represent a very satisfactory alternative to routine bilateral inguinal exploration and also by its enhanced mobility, it may be much more beneficial than the recently developed technique of scoping children with a rigid laparoscope.