Forty-one patients (17 men and 24 women) were treated with progressive pneumoperitoneum before repair of giant incisional hernias. The pneumoperitoneum was induced using nitrous oxide gas and a laparoscopic insufflator, and was topped up every other day for a mean of 5.5 days with a total injection of 23.2 litres of nitrous oxide. The pneumoperitoneum was well tolerated in 30 patients, caused a mild temporary pain in 10 patients and a sharp pain in one patient; no serious side-effects occurred. All the patients underwent surgery to repair their hernias, 40 patients were available for follow-up for a mean of 25.3 months, only two hernias recurred both within 4 months of the operation.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||British Journal of Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
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