The purpose of this study was to evaluate the quality of life (QoL), early post-operative complications, and hernia recurrence rate following laparoscopic enhanced-view Totally Extra-Peritoneal (eTEP) Rives-Stoppa (RS) for incisional and primary ventral hernia repair. Retrospective review of a prospectively maintained database of all patients undergoing eTEP-RS between 2017 and 2020. Data retrieved included demographics, and clinical and operative variables. QoL was assessed using the EuraHS-QoL scale prior to- and following eTEP-RS. During the study period, 61 patients met the inclusion criteria. Age and BMI were 62 (60.4 ± 13.8) years and 29.7 (30.4 ± 6) kg/m2, respectively. Incisional hernia was the most common pathology (n = 40, 65%) followed by primary ventral hernia (n = 21, 35%), with 24 patients (39%) having a previous hernia repair. Diastasis-recti repair was undertaken in 34 patients (55%), a concomitant inguinal hernia was repaired in 6 patients (10%), and 13 patients (21%) underwent transversus abdominis release (TAR). Median follow-up time was 13 months and 15 patients (25%) had at least 2 years of follow-up. Hernia recurrence was found in 4 patients (6.5%). Pre-operative and post-operative EuraHS-QOL questionnaire scores were available for 46 patients (75%) and showed significant improvement in pain (7 vs. 0.5, p < 0.0001; 5 vs. 0.5, p < 0.0001; 5 vs. 1.5; p < 0.006), restrictions (median of 5 vs. 0.5, p < 0.0001; 5 vs. 0, p < 0.0001; median of 5 vs. 1, p < 0.0001, of 6.5 vs. 1.5, p < 0.0001), and cosmetic appearance (8 vs. 4, p < 0.0001). Abdominal wall repair using the eTEP-RS approach significantly improves subjective QoL variables with an acceptable post-operative complications and hernia recurrence rates in a short-term follow-up.
- Hernia recurrence
- Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair
- Ventral hernia repair
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