Recent Publications & Ongoing Research Projects

Dr. Reiner’s Curriculum Vitae

Ongoing Research Projects

  • Incidence of Urinary Retention Post Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair. A long term Follow-up of Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Looking at Pain, Return to Physical Activity, Return to Work, Rate of recurrence.
  • A Prospective Multicenter Post Market Study to Evaluate and Compare the Clinical Outcomes, Pain and Patient Quality of Life after Open, Laparoscopic or Robotic Assisted Hernia (Incisional and Inguinal) Repair (OPEN)
  • Clinical outcomes of concurrent robotic inguinal hernia repair, performed at the time of robotic prostatectomy.

Recent Publications

Laparoscopic Total Extraperitoneal Hernia Repair Outcomes

Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Dr. Reiner’s Curriculum Vitae

ABSTRACT

Background and Objectives:
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair has become increasingly popular as an alternative to open surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the laparoscopic total extraperitoneal procedure with the use of staple fixation and polypropylene mesh.

Methods:
A retrospective chart review examined outcomes of 1240 laparoscopic hernia operations in 783 patients, focusing on intraoperative and early postoperative complications, pain, and time until return to work and normal physical activities.

Results:
There were no intraoperative complications in this series; 106 patients experienced early postoperative complications across 8 evaluated categories: urinary retention (4.1%), seroma (3.0%), testicular/hemiscrotal swelling (1.9%), testicular atrophy (0%), hydrocele (0.6%), mesh infection (0.1%), and neurological symptoms (transient, 1.0%; persistent, 0.2%). Patients used an average of 5.6 Percocet pills after the procedure, and mean times until return to work and normal activities, including their routine exercise regimen, were 3.0 and 3.8 days, respectively.

Conclusion:
Complication rates and convalescence times were considered equivalent or superior to those found in other studies assessing both laparoscopic and open techniques. The usage of multiple Endostaples did not result in increased neurologic complications in the early postoperative period when compared with findings in the literature. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, total extraperitoneal repair is a safe, effective alternative to open inguinal hernia repair.

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