Subcutaneous endoscopically assisted ligation (SEAL) is a technique for high ligation of the patent processus at the internal ring without a groin incision or dissection of the vas and vessels. Under endoscopic visualization through a single umbilical port, a suture is guided extraperitoneally around the internal ring, avoiding the vas and vessels. The safety, efficacy (recurrence risk), and cost-effectiveness of this unproven procedure must be tested against standard open repair in a trial.
- Endoscopic visualization
- Inguinal hernia
- Patent processus
- Subcutaneous endoscopically assisted ligation
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