Robotic Hernia Surgery: Fast, Safe, and Quicker Recovery
Get faster post-surgery recovery from hernia with robotic hernia surgery.
What is Hernia?
What are the Causes and Symptoms?
Hernia is a condition whereby internal body organs penetrate through weak muscle or tissue walls. Several types of hernia exist, with the most common ones being inguinal hernia, femoral hernia, and umbilical hernia. The two most common forms of this condition – inguinal and femoral – are caused by weakened muscles. These muscles may have been weak from birth, or weakened by aging or repeated straining due to obesity, constipation, and frequent coughs.
- Umbilical hernia, on the other hand, is caused by abdominal strain, obesity, prolonged heavy coughing, and postpartum complications. Some of the common hernia symptoms include:
- The appearance of a noticeable lump within the groin or abdominal area
- Painful sensation at the spot where the lump appears
- Painful sensation while carrying/lifting items
- Gradual increase in the size of the lump
- Bowel obstruction
However, in the case of hiatal hernia – a less-common form of this condition – no lumps will appear. Instead, you may experience symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, regurgitation, and chest pains.
How It Works
Robotic-assisted hernia repair surgeries are a modern alternative to open hernia repair. Just as in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery makes use of a laparoscope. This instrument sends images of the inside of the abdomen to the surgeon, allowing them a better view of the abdominal wall. Yet, robotic surgery slightly differs from laparoscopic surgery.
For the latter procedure, the surgeon operates the surgical tools themselves. For robotic hernia surgery, the surgeon controls the robotic arms of a surgical console to perform the hernia operation.
During the procedure, the abdomen is inflated using carbon dioxide for a better view of the abdominal space. The surgeon then controls the robotic arms from the console via tiny incisions in the abdomen. A laparoscope is then inserted for improved visualization. Then, the surgeon controls the arms to repair the anterior abdominal wall with ease.
The robotic arms work by simulating the surgeon’s hand, wrist, and finger movements. This allows for greater precision as the lumpy tissue is pushed back into position. The final part of this surgery involves strengthening the weak abdominal walls that led to the hernia in the first place. This is done by controlling the robotic arms to insert a special 3D mesh that provides strength and support to the abdominal walls.
How Long Does Robotic Hernia Repair Take?
The whole procedure usually takes about 30-45 minutes and most patients are discharged the same day.
Advantages of Hernia Robotic Surgery Over Other Traditional Methods
There are several upsides to opting for robotic hernia-repair surgery. For starters, this robot-assisted procedure allows surgeons a greater range of motion and precision compared to traditional, hand-manipulated surgery techniques. This type of surgery also leverages laparoscopic technology. It allows for a three-dimensional view of the inside of the abdomen. With such precision-driven surgery techniques, patients benefit from:
- Reduced blood loss
- Minimal post-operative pain
- Quicker recovery times
We treat many health conditions and offer procedures for a large range of cases. Here is our complete list.
- Abdominal pain
- Anal fistula
- Ano- rectal disease/pain (hemorrhoids)
- Anemia – GI workup
- Appendix – appendectomy
- Breast – cancer/mass/lump/nipple discharge
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Blood per rectum/blood in stool
- Biliary dyskinesia – gallbladder not working
- Cancer – breast, colon, gastric, small bowel, skin, thyroid
- Cholecystectomy – gallbladder
- Crohn’s disease – inflammatory bowel disease
- Endocrine – thyroid/parathyroid
- Endoscopy – see scopes
- Gastric mass/cancer
- GIST – gastrointestinal stromal tumor
- Gallbladder gallstones/biliary dyskinesia
- Hiatal/GERD, incisional, inguinal, umbilical,
- Ventral, femoral, Spigelian
- Lump – see masses
- Masses – breast, colon, soft tissue (lipoma) – back,
- Chest, abd, arm, leg, neck; scalp mass (pilar)
- Melena – blood per rectum
- Obstruction – intestinal/bowel obstruction
- PEG – feeding tube –
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
- Port – chemo
- Pancreatitis – biliary pancreatitis
- Scopes – EGD/upper, colonoscopy(cscope)/lower
- Skin cancer –
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Thyroid – thyroidectomy
- Tracheostomy – trach
- Ulcerative colitis – inflammatory bowel disease
- Colon resection
- Hernias –
- Gallbladder –
Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery is the Better Option
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