ArticlesEmergency Replacement for Damaged Balloon Dissector for Laparoscopic Extraperitoneal Inguinal Hernia RepairPekmezci, Salih MD; Saribeyoğlu, Kaya MDAuthor Information From the Department of General Surgery, Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty, University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey. Received October 24, 2000; revision received March 23, 2001; accepted April 8, 2001. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Salih Pekmezci, Poyracik sok. Tulgar ap. 10/7 80200 Teşvikiye/Istanbul, Turkey. Address electronic mail to email@example.com Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques: August 2001 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 289-290 Buy Abstract The purpose of this study was to find an effective and reasonable solution to replace damaged balloon dissector used in laparoscopic extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair. The thumb of a surgical glove was used to repair torn balloon dissector for laparoscopic total extraperitoneal hernia repair. The new balloon presented an adequate tightness to perform the dissection of the extraperitoneal area without complication. Although the best way to replace a damaged balloon dissector is to replace it with a new one, this method may be taken into consideration in such a situation in which a new balloon dissector is not available. Copyright © 2001 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.