Robotic-Assisted Hernia Repair
At Texas Health Flower Mound, we are committed to providing comprehensive, advanced hernia care. Our doctors are well-versed in a full range of hernia care options, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgery System.
Multiple surgeons on our medical staff specialize in robotic-assisted surgery to skillfully repair hernias, which typically allow patients to quickly resume their normal routine. Only truly repairable through surgery, a hernia occurs when tissue pushes through an abnormal opening in the abdomen or groin area.
What is da Vinci robotic-assisted hernia surgery?
During the hernia procedure, a surgeon operates the da Vinci System which is equipped with a three-dimensional high-definition camera. This advanced laparoscopic technology offers a clearer view for the surgeon, which enables more precise movements. The da Vinci System translates the surgeon’s instrument rotations in real time to quickly and delicately repair the hernia with fewer incisions.
What are the benefits of da Vinci robotic-assisted hernia surgery?
While individual results may vary, the biggest benefit of robotic-assisted surgery is less pain. Early studies reported that during recovery patients felt less pain; in fact, many reported that they stopped taking pain medications 1-2 weeks after undergoing robotic-assisted surgery.1
Other potential benefits include:
- Reduced rate of the hernia returning1,3
- Reduced rate of surgeon switching to open surgery during the robotic-assisted surgery1,2, and
- Shorter hospital stay2,3
Bryan Borgfeld, MD, FACS
Ralph Parker, MD
Chad Treece, MD, FACS
Ask your doctor for more information about the da Vinci Surgery and to discover if robotics-based surgery is right for you.
1 Not all individuals with hernias are candidates for the da Vinci Surgical System. Please visit https://www.intuitivesurgical.com/company/faqs.html for more information on da Vinci Surgery and for reference to published studies reviewing safety results for patients when undergoing a variety of robotic-assisted procedures.
- Tayar C, Karoui M, Cherqui D, Fagniez PL. Robot-assisted laparoscopic mesh repair of incisional hernias with exclusive intracorporeal suturing: a pilot study. Surg Endosc. 2007 Oct;21(10):1786- 9. Epub 2007 Mar 13.
- Allison N, Tieu K, Snyder B, Pigazzi A, Wilson E. Technical feasibility of robot-assisted ventral hernia repair. World J Surg. 2012 Feb;36(2):447-52. doi: 10.1007/s00268-011-1389-8.
- Gonzalez, A. M., et al. (2014). “Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair with primary closure versus no primary closure of the defect: potential benefits of the robotic technology.” International of Medical Robots and Computer Assisted Surgery.
Important Safety Information
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.
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