Through One Hole to Fix Another: Transgastric Ventral Hernia Repair in a Porcine Model

Rebecca Kowalski, MD, John Romanelli, MD, David Desilets, MD, David Earle, MD. Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine.

This video highlights the techniques we are using to perform NOTES transgastric ventral hernia repair in a porcine model. This is a pilot study to show that we are able to deliver a mesh into the abdominal cavity under sterile conditions through the mouth and stomach. This is a follow up study to both bench top studies (which demonstrated the ability to deliver a mesh through the mouth and stomach without contamination of the mesh) and a series of non-survival studies to develop the NOTES techniques. We hope that this pilot study can set the stage for NOTES transgastric hernia repair in humans.

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