If you and your surgeon decide that robotic-assisted hernia surgery is right for you, your surgeon will use a 3D high-definition camera for a crystal-clear and magnified view of your hernia.
Your surgeon will sit at a console next to you and operate through a few small incisions using tiny instruments, including a camera. Your surgeon fully controls all instruments. Every hand movement is translated by the da Vinci® System in real-time to bend and rotate the instruments for a precise repair of your hernia.
Hernia surgery used to be painful and often resulted in a slow, difficult recovery. But, not anymore.
Thanks to innovations in robotic technology, surgeons are able to perform hernia repair surgery through 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.
Robotic surgery techniques have been used for years to provide advanced treatment for cancer as well as urologic and gynecologic conditions. Now, general surgeons apply the same technology to other types of procedures, including hernia repair.
Robotic surgery is used to treat all types of hernias, including:
- Inguinal and femoral (inner and outer groin)
- Umbilical (belly button)
- Incisional (previous surgery sites)
- Hiatal (reflux/GERD/upper stomach)
Why is robotic hernia surgery a better option?
Robotic surgery provides a number of advantages over traditional open surgery and standard laparoscopic procedures. While open surgery offers a full view of the abdomen and the ability to work freely inside the affected area, it requires a large incision through muscle and tissue. This type of incision can be more painful and take longer to heal.
Laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions, but the instruments and surgeon’s visibility are limited. The robotic surgery system, which is controlled by the surgeon at all times, uses tiny instruments and 3-D cameras to precisely repair the affected area.
The advantages of robotic surgery include:
- A small incision. An incision that is the 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.
How patients benefit from robotic hernia surgery
Because of robotic technology, many patients experience significantly less pain after surgery and return to normal activity much more quickly.
Robotic hernia surgery can benefit almost anyone. This includes first-time hernia repair patients and people who need hernia revision surgery. It’s appropriate for the most common to the most complex hernia procedures.