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Robotic-Assisted Hernia Repair

Hernias

A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall weaken then bulge or tear. The inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area to form a balloon-like sac. This, in turn, can cause a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to slip into the sac, causing pain and other potentially serious health problems.

Men and women of all ages can have hernias. Hernias usually occur either because of a natural weakness in the abdominal wall or from excessive strain on the abdominal wall, such as the strain from heavy lifting, substantial weight gain, persistent coughing, or difficulty with bowel movements or urination. A common area for a hernia to be located is near the groin. Hernias may also be found below the groin (femoral), through the navel (umbilical) and along a previous incision (incisional or ventral).

Repair

Hernia surgery used to be painful and often resulted in a slow, difficult recovery. Now, with technological advancements, Delta Medix physicians are able to provide patients with the latest surgical procedure: Robotic-Assisted Hernia Repair. Hernia surgery repair involves tiny incisions rather than the large incisions associated with traditional open surgery. The result is less damage to surrounding tissues, less pain for the patient, and a much quicker recovery – often within days.

Hernia surgery used to be painful and often resulted in a slow, difficult recovery. Now, with technological advancements, Delta Medix physicians are able to provide patients with the latest surgical procedure: Robotic-Assisted Hernia Repair. Hernia surgery repair involves tiny incisions rather than the large incisions associated with traditional open surgery. The result is less damage to surrounding tissues, less pain for the patient, and a much quicker recovery – often within days.

  • Inguinal and Femoral (inner and outer groin)
  • Umbilical (belly button)
  • Incisional (previous surgery sites)
  • Hiatal (reflux/GERD/upper stomach)
  • Diaphragmatic (diaphragm)

The advantage of robotic surgery include:

  • A small incision. An incision that is about the size of a pencil eraser reduces scarring, recovery time, blood loss and risk of infection.
  • Better visibility. Using a high definition 3-D camera provides the surgeon with better visibility than laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery.
  • Increased precision. The wristed robotic arms have a greater range of motion than a human hand. This allows the surgeon to maneuver instruments in ways that deliver the best surgical results.

Because of robotic technology, many patients experience significantly less pain after surgery and return to normal activity much more quickly. In fact, essentially all inguinal hernia repair patients go home the same day and more than 90% of ventral/incisional hernia repair patients go home the same day and return to work after two weeks.