Obturator hernia repair has traditionally been performed via an intra-abdominal approach, although laparoscopy is also emerging as a feasible alternative. On the other hand, the Kugel method is a minimally invasive and effective form of repair of groin hernia, but there have been few reports on its use for an incarcerated obturator hernia. We describe how we used the Kugel method to repair an obturator hernia in two patients. Both patients presented with acute intestinal obstruction, necessitating emergency surgery. Via a preperitoneal approach, the impacted obturator hernia was carefully released and the obturator canal defect was repaired with a Kugel patch. One patient recommenced oral intake on postoperative day (POD) 1, and was discharged on POD 5. The other patient's postoperative course was complicated by ileus, prolonging the hospital stay to 14 days. There has been no sign of recurrent disease for 6 and 21 months, respectively. The Kugel method offers several advantages, such as a short operative time (76-82 min), small scar (3 cm), and early postoperative ambulation (POD 1), thus minimizing the hospital stay. Further study is needed to confirm the usefulness of this procedure for an incarcerated obturator hernia.
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