Motaz Melhem, Javid Burki, Omar Algurabi, Sayed Gilani, Faisal Ghumman and Matin Sheriff in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology
The safety and feasibility of simultaneous robotic repair of an inguinal hernia during robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Purpose: This study intended to assess the safety and feasibility of performing concurrent robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) and robotic inguinal hernia repair (RIHR).
Method: We systematically searched the PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library database up to the year 2020 to identify studies that assessed patients who underwent RALP and RIHR in the same settings.
Results: Thirteen studies were considered suitable for a systematic review and seven for Meta-analysis. RALP and RIHR were associated with significantly longer operative time. RIHR added on average 26 min to the operation time (8, 45 95% CI, p = 0.005, I2 97%). Concurrent RALP and RIHR was not associated with a higher incidence of blood loss (-13, 6 95% CI, p = 0.43, I2 18%), length of stay (-0.08, 0.06 95% CI, p = 0.73, I2 0%) or early postoperative complications.
Conclusion: Concurrent robotic repair of an inguinal hernia during RALP appears feasible and safe. Urologists should be encouraged to repair hernias encountered during RALP keeping in mind possible complications including wound infection, mesh infection, chronic inguinal pain and recurrence of hernia.
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