Umbilical hernioplasty under transverse abdominis plane and rectus block: a case report


  • Rachan Amin Department of Anesthesiology, Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Institute, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Disha Bhandary Department of Anesthesiology, Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Institute, Mangalore, Karnataka, India



Umbilical, Hernia, Transverse, Abdominis, Rectus sheath, Ultrasound, Regional


Umbilical hernia is a common diagnosis in surgery. Approximately, 10% of all abdominal wall hernias are defined as umbilical hernia. The European hernia society defines a primary umbilical hernia as a ventral hernia present at birth or developed spontaneously without trauma to the abdominal wall as the cause of the hernia and with its center at the umbilicus. Rectus sheath block has been traditionally used to provide analgesia for anterior abdominal wall surgeries, as it spares the visceral pain component. It’s been used efficiently for intraoperative, post-operative analgesia, providing stable hemodynamic. The emergence of ultrasound has potentially increased the rate of success, while avoiding complications like bleeding, peritoneal puncture, visceral injury. Rectus sheath block is emerging as a valuable regional. Anesthesia technique. It can be used as an adjuvant or alternative to central neuraxial block and general anesthesia for surgeries of anterior abdominal wall, pediatric umbilical hernia, incisional hernia, laparoscopic surgeries and abdominal gynecological procedures and for analgesia. This is a case report of 47-year-old male with multiple comorbidities posted for umbilical hernia repair performed under combined rectus sheath and tap block.


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