First Child Femoral Hernia Repair Without Scar

João Moreira Pinto and Carlos Mariz, surgeons of the Paediatric Surgery Service from Hospital da Luz (Arrábida, Póvoa de Varzim e Guimarães), successfully performed the first femoral hernia repair without scar in a child, through PIRS laparoscopic technique (Percutaneous Internal Ring Suture).
Given the scientific interest of this technique and being a novelty at world level, the film of the surgery, performed in Hospital da Luz Guimarães, was published on June 6 in the renowned journal Videoscopy (watch the video).

Femoral hernia, a rare condition in children, presents itself as a swelling in the groin, frequently being confused with an inguinal hernia. Laparoscopy allows a better diagnosis and repair of this type of hernia, leaving no scar. Besides the obvious aesthetical advantage, laparoscopic repair enables to detect the presence of an asymptomatic/silent hernia in the opposite side of the one operated, avoiding a second surgery. This particular patient, a 6-year-old girl, also had an epigastric hernia, which was corrected in the same operative period and equally by laparoscopy.

In the photo above, the team that performed the surgery: Andreia Tavares (nurse), Carlos Mariz (also practicing at Hospital da Luz Póvoa de Varzim), João Moreira Pinto and Carla Machado (anaesthesiologist).