About this Special Issue
After many years of developing scientific evidence, the latest clinical guidelines have clearly established the advantages of laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery over open surgery in some aspects, such as functional recovery of the patient and pain. These new guidelines have switched the paradigm on hernia surgery, and different groups around the world have assumed this type of approach as one of the procedures that must be carried out in their units.
This implementation of the laparoscopic approach for groin hernia entails important challenges in terms of training methodology and standardization of the technique, as well as the development of different research pathways in terms of new meshes, ways of fixing them and technical details that can improve recovery. of the patients and improve the outcomes.
On the other hand, the presence of two laparo-endoscopic techniques, the totally preperitoneal approach (TEP) and the transabdominal preperitoneal approach (TAPP) means that we must determine the best indications for each approach depending on the type of hernia and the type of patient, and also the main role of open approaches since this technique need to be also learned and implement
Finally, the irruption of robotics opens up a world of possibilities regarding the indication of this type of approach in the resolution of complex cases and as an element of development and learning curve of robotic surgery in general. On the other hand, the other to new revolutions in surgery, image guides surgery and artificial intelligence might also have a role in inguinal hernia repair.
This special issue welcomes original research, reviews and opinion pieces on any aspect of Minimally Invasive Approach to Inguinal Hernia Surgery (TAPP, TEP, ROBOTIC).
Article Submission Deadline: October 31st 2023
Keywords: TAPP, TEP, ROBOTIC, Inguinal, Hernia Surgery