Hernia at 5-mm laparoscopic port site presenting as early postoperative small bowel obstruction

Patrick R. Reardon, Alfonso Preciado, Terry Scarborough, Brent Matthews, Juan L. Marti

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A decade has passed since laparoscopy became a popular tool in general surgery. New technologies continue to surface, and surgeons are still trying to expand the applications of this technique. Parallel to the development of new techniques, we are also measuring the presentation of new complications. Incisional hernias are not new complications. Although their avoidance has been one of the proposed benefits of laparoscopy, several cases of port-site hernias have been reported. Current surgical wisdom suggests closure of 10-mm or larger port sites to avoid herniation. Most surgeons do not routinely close 5-mm port sites, believing that such fascial defects are not large enough to create a significant risk of hernia formation, thus not justifying the extra time and effort needed to close them. Although this practice may be reasonable for most cases, it should be reconsidered in lengthy procedures, particularly if the port has been used for active operative instruments. Under these circumstances, the repetitive motions in different directions may cause the 5-mm defect to enlarge significantly, allowing a hernia of considerable size to develop, with the obvious clinical implications of such a complication. We present a case of a hernia through a 5-mm port site presenting as small-bowel obstruction in the early postoperative period after a laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-525
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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