Laparoscopic Repair of a Traumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia

Tammy L Kindel, MD, Jennifer Jolley, MD, Dmitry Oleynikov, MD. UNMC

Missed traumatic diaphragmatic hernias with chronic incarceration is a rare event after blunt or penetrating trauma. The surgical approach can be an open thoracotomy, laparotomy or more recently laparoscopy. Here we present a video with our technique for laparoscopic repair of a traumatic diaphragmatic hernia. The omental contents of the hernia were reduced into the abdomen and the hernia defect was primarily closed with improved quality of life and pulmonary status of the patient post-operatively .

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