Progressive preoperative pneumoperitoneum in patients with giant hernias of the abdominal wall

María Clara López Sanclemente*, Joaquim Robres, Manuel López Cano, Joan Barri, Roberto Lozoya, Sergio López, M. Angeles Vasco, M. Carmen Buqueras, Helena Subirana, Rosa Jorba

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Introduction: Patients with giant hernias with loss of domain require proper planning of surgical repair, because of the high associated comorbidity. The progressive preoperative pneumoperitoneum technique described by Goñi Moreno allows a more physiological adaptation of the patient and the abdominal cavity to the reinstatement of the viscera to the abdomen, enabling adequate surgical repair. The objective of this study was to analyze our experience in the treatment of this type of hernia. Materials and methods: We carried out a retrospective study that included 11 patients with major abdominal wall defects and loss of domain who were treated with this technique in 2 centers between 2005 and 2010. Results: Eight patients had abdominal hernias and 3 had inguinal hernias. The average insufflation time was 2 weeks and the total amount of air was between 6.6 and 18l. In 2 patients who showed pulmonary disease decompensation, insufflation had to be temporarily postponed. A further 2 patients had subcutaneous emphysema during the last few days of insufflation, which resolved spontaneously without sequelae. The open mesh repair technique was used in ventral hernias and the preperitoneal technique in all inguinal hernias. There was one recurrence during the 1-year follow-up. Conclusions: Goñi Moreno's technique remains safe to prepare patients with giant hernias with loss of domain. This procedure can reduce the morbidity caused by the increase in abdominal pressure after abdominal wall repair.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)444-449
Number of pages6
JournalCirugia Espanola
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Eventration
  • Goñi Moreno
  • Loss of domain
  • Pneumoperitoneum


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