JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Findings from a retrospective chart review of robotic operations performed over 6 years has identified situations in which surgeons may consider closing 8-mm port sites after robotic surgery, according to a presentation at the Association for Academic Surgery/Society of University Surgeons Academic Surgical .
“Although the incidence of hernia through the 8-mm port sites was low, it’s still important because it’s a significant cause of morbidity in these patients,” Dr. Diez-Barroso said. Two of the three 8-mm port-site hernias required emergency surgery for small bowel incarceration.
“Both of the hernias occurred in the left lower quadrant in the lateral most port, near the anterior superior iliac spine,” he said. “The nearest site of muscle insertions was where the abdominal wall muscle layers have a limited ability to slide over one another during insufflation and desufflation and therefore have a lack of ability to seal off the port site correctly.”