Robotic Hernia Surgery
A hernia is a condition in which an organ or fatty tissue bulges through an abnormal opening in the surrounding muscle or linked tissue called fascia. Hernias are possible at all ages for both men and women. They can result from several factors such as genetic predisposition, playing sports, pregnancy and the aging process. In some instances, hernias may show no physical signs of a medical problem. When symptoms arise, they can include visible bulges that are felt in the abdominal wall, scrotum or groin, and pain, pressure or burning at and around the area of the bulge.
If you are suffering from a hernia and your body is unable to repair the damage on its own, your healthcare provider may suggest robotic hernia surgery. This particular surgery is a minimally-invasive alternative to open surgery and laparoscopy, and is frequently chosen by surgical teams to repair hernias and several other health conditions because of its considerable precision. Often, the robotic system is also used in conjunction with a laparoscopic procedure to provide increased visibility.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified surgeon in that specializes in robotic surgical techniques, call (470) 419-4380 or contact us online.
What to Expect During a Robotic Hernia Repair
A robotic procedure is considered the most technologically up-to-date option available for hernia treatment. It offers robotic assistance to your surgical team. However, the robot cannot make any surgical decisions independently; your surgeon supplies all input and remains in complete control at all times.
Once the robotic technology is programmed by your physician, small incisions are made at the site of your hernia and miniaturized instruments and a 3D high-definition camera are inserted. Doing this not only provides improved dexterity and range of motion otherwise humanly impossible through traditional surgery, but it also gives your surgeon the opportunity to observe the area where the surgery is being performed in real time through computerized magnification and detail.
The surgery is completed by using micro-movements and incisions with the miniaturized instruments. The computerized robotic hands reflect the natural movements of a surgeon’s hands without the risk of fatigue or shakiness. Often, a robot-assisted surgery is completed on an outpatient basis, unlike traditional treatment.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Your healthcare provider will discuss these with you in detail. The most common risks of any hernia repair include infection, pain, hernia recurrence, bowel obstruction and urine retention.
Robotic Hernia Repair Recovery
The recovery time for robotic hernia repair is two to three weeks on average. Your healthcare provider may choose to prescribe a pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, due to its minimal invasiveness, recovery is often faster than traditional treatment and allows for:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Decreased need to switch to open surgery
- Lower rate of recurrence
- Diminished complications
- Smaller incision
- Low blood loss
- Nearly scar-free
If you—or someone you know—suffers from a hernia, a minimally-invasive robotic surgery may be the ideal treatment option. Request more information about a robotic hernia repair today. Call (470) 419-4380 or contact us online.