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Robotic inguinal hernia repair: is technology taking over? Systematic review and meta-analysis

  • Aiolfi, A.1, 2, 3
  • Cavalli, M.1, 2, 3
  • Micheletto, G.1, 2, 3
  • Bruni, P. G.1, 2, 3
  • Lombardo, F.1, 2, 3
  • Perali, C.1, 2, 3
  • Bonitta, G.1, 2, 3
  • Bona, D.1, 2, 3
  • 1 University of Milan, Istituto Clinico Sant’Ambrogio, Via Luigi Giuseppe Faravelli, 16, Milan, 20149, Italy , Milan (Italy)
  • 2 University of Insubria, Istituto Clinico Sant’Ambrogio, Milan, Italy , Milan (Italy)
  • 3 INCO, Milan, Italy , Milan (Italy)
Published Article
Springer Paris
Publication Date
May 15, 2019
DOI: 10.1007/s10029-019-01965-1
Springer Nature


PurposeTo examine the current evidence on the therapeutic role and outcomes of robotic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Inguinal hernia repair (rTAPP) to better define its risk–benefit ratio and guide clinical decision-making.MethodsPubMed, EMBASE, and Web of Science were consulted. A Frequentist single-arm study-level random effect meta-analysis was performed.ResultsTwelve studies published between 2015 and 2018 met the inclusion criteria (1645 patients). Patients’ age ranged from 16 to 96, the BMI ranged from 19 to 35.6 kg/m2, and 86.1% were males. Unilateral hernia repair was performed in 69.6% while bilateral hernia repair was performed in 30.4% of patients. The operations were all conducted using the da Vinci Xi or Si robotic system (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA). The rTAPP was successfully completed in 99.4% of patients and the operative time ranged from 45 to 180.4 min. The postoperative follow-up ranged from 16 to 368 days. The estimated pooled prevalence of intraoperative complications and conversion were 0.03% (95% CI 0.00–0.3) and 0.14% (95% CI 0.0–0.5%), respectively. The estimated pooled prevalence of urinary retention, seroma/hematoma, and overall complications were 3.5% (95% CI 1.6–5.8%), 4.1% (95% CI 1.6–7.5%), and 7.4% (95% CI 3.4–10.9%). The estimated pooled prevalence of hernia recurrence was 0.18% (95% CI 0.00–0.84%).ConclusionsRobotic technology has been progressively entering surgical thinking and gradually changing surgical procedures. Based on the results of the present study, the rTAPP seems feasible, safe, and effective in the short term for patients with unilateral and bilateral inguinal hernias. Further prospective studies and randomized controlled trials are needed to validate these findings.

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