Port-site incisional hernia from an 8-mm robotic trocar following robot-assisted radical cystectomy: Report of a rare case

Bladder Cancer

IJU Case Rep. 2020 Mar 21;3(3):97-99. doi: 10.1002/iju5.12155. eCollection 2020 May.


INTRODUCTION: Port-site incisional hernia is a rare but well-known complication following a laparoscopic procedure and it may cause severe adverse outcomes, such as intestinal necrosis. Here, we report a rare case of hernia that occurred from an 8-mm trocar after robot-assisted radical cystectomy.

CASE PRESENTATION: An 80-year-old woman was diagnosed with cT2bN1M0 bladder cancer. She underwent robot-assisted radical cystectomy. Nine days after surgery, she complained of severe abdominal pain. Computed tomography showed herniation of small intestine. Emergency explorative laparotomy revealed herniation of small intestine from an 8-mm trocar site. A section of the small bowel was necrotic and was resected.

CONCLUSION: It is debatable whether we should routinely close the fascia of an 8-mm trocar site. The patient was an elderly woman with multiple major abdominal surgery histories and hernia risk factors. For these patients, fascial closure of the 8-mm trocar site may be indicated.