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Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery

Why choose robotic hernia repair surgery?

Hernia repair can be performed using traditional open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. With open surgery, doctors make a long incision in the abdomen. The incision must be large enough for the surgeon to fit his/her hands and surgical instruments inside the abdomen. Open surgery allows doctors to see and touch your organs and tissue while operating.

Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy) is done through a few small incisions using long, thin surgical instruments and a tiny camera. The camera takes images inside your body. The images are sent to a video monitor in the operating room which guides surgeons as they operate.

State-of-the-art robotic surgery is another minimally invasive surgical option for patients facing abdominal hernia surgery. The robotic surgery system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. the robot enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Benefits of Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery

  • Reduced complications
  • Short Hospital Stay
  • Low rate of conversion to open surgery
  • Low rate of recurrence

Risks & Considerations

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion
  • Obstruction of small/large intestine
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Urinary retention
  • Recurrence of incisional hernias are more likely

How Robotic Surgery Works

Your surgeon is 100% in control of the robot. Through a high-tech control module, surgeons move miniaturized operating instruments that allow for extremely precise movements. In fact, robotic surgeons have a greater range of motion, they can see more clearly and they have better dexterity when using the robotic system.

Though the robot has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date, not all patients are candidates for robotic hernia repair. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks of each surgical technique with your doctor.