Laparoscopic inguinal hernioplasty in aviators

Alon Grossman, Erez Barenboim, Bella Azaria, Yaniv Sherer, Liav Goldstein, Joseph Korianski

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Repair of inguinal hernias may be performed using either open surgery or laparoscopic techniques. Following surgery, a 6-wk waiting period is generally recommended before a pilot returns to active duty, including flight in high-performance aircraft. A shorter waiting period would be operationally useful and may be possible following either a trans-abdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) laparoscopic technique or a totally extra-peritoneal (TEP) approach. In this manuscript we present the cases of four aviators who underwent inguinal hernia repair via the TEP approach and were returned to the cockpit 21 d later with no evident complications. Although this sample is small, it emphasizes the potential benefit of the TEP approach in aviators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Aviators
  • Hernioplasty
  • Laparoscopy
  • TAPP
  • TEP


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