Aim. The case report demonstrates a successful laparoscopic treatment of early postoperative small bowel obstruction after open strangulated umbilical hernia repair with mesh.
Case report. An 86-year-old female was admitted to the hospital due to abdominal pain for 2 days localised in the umbilical region. A diagnosis of strangulated umbilical hernia was set, and emergency operative therapy was performed. On the third postoperative day the patient showed symptoms of bowel obstruction, confirmed on CT. An emergency laparoscopy proceeded. It revealed small intestine loop fixation to the mesh through the peritoneal defect. While separating the intestine a defect in bowel wall was found and sutured laparoscopically. Patient was discharged from the hospital on the 8th postoperative day.
Conclusion. Laparoscopic treatment after open hernia surgery is an alternative access for redo surgery in early postoperative period. It provides acceptable results even in contaminated area without needs to reopen surgical wound.