Introduction: In the case of inguinal hernia recurrence after primary anterior repair, international guidelines strongly suggest a posterior laparoscopic approach. The 3D dynamic-responsive prosthesis for inguinal hernia repair ProFlor-E® has recently been introduced to the market. The present report describes the results of the first-in-man laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair carried out with ProFlor-E®. Presentation of case: A 71-year-old male Caucasian presented with recurrent inguinal hernia after primary anterior repair. A fixation free TAPP procedure with ProFlor-E® was planned. Implant delivery and placement to obliterate the defect was quick and safe. Postoperatively, starting from 2nd postop day, pain was practically absent allowing quick return to normal activities. During follow up, US and MRI scans confirmed the permanence of ProFlor-E® in the hernial gap. During 16-month follow-up no complications were reported. Discussion: Flat meshes used to reinforce the herniated inguinal area is a well-established concept. Notwithstanding, such static and passive implants leave the defect patent and cause specific complications related to mesh fixation and uncontrolled poor quality fibrotic ingrowth. ProFlor-E® respects the inguinal physiology resolving these issues. Its centrifugal expansion and dynamic responsivity allows for fixation-free defect obliteration, thus avoiding complications, above all tissue tear, bleeding, mesh invagination, discomfort and chronic pain. In accord with the degenerative pathogenesis of hernia disease, by acting as a regenerative scaffold, ProFlor-E® restores the inguinal barrier promoting the regeneration of the typical inguinal components. Conclusion: This initial experience seems to prove that ProFlor-E® can also be used with the laparoscopic approach achieving excellent results.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||International Journal of Surgery Case Reports|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
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