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Robotic Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery

Have you been experiencing pain, swelling or pressure that could be attributed to a hernia? Hernia is a broad term referring to a protrusion or bulge of tissue. Depending on the type of hernia. symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, and may require surgical repair or it can cause complications. 

Such complications include:

  • Incarceration, where the hernia becomes trapped in the weakened area of the abdominal wall, causing persistent pain and swelling. 
  • Strangulation, a more serious complication that occurs when the trapped hernia becomes twisted or its blood supply is compromised, leading to tissue death and potentially life-threatening complications.

If you suspect you may have an abdominal wall , contact your Lee Health provider to see if surgery is a treatment option for you. 

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Minimally Invasive Surgical Options for Abdominal Wall Hernias

To control or eliminate symptoms of umbilical, inguinal, ventral or other types of abdominal wall hernias, your Lee Health provider may recommend surgery. If so, ask your doctor about the da Vinci™ Surgical System being used for your hernia repair. 

Da Vinci Xi surgical system

Da Vinci Xi Surgical System

At Lee Health, our surgical team uses a state-of-the-art robotic platform called the da Vinci™ Surgical System. This incredible technology enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex procedures with a few small incisions and with reduced recovery time for our patients. 

As an alternative to traditional open surgeries and conventional laparoscopy, the da Vinci® surgical system provides our specially trained surgeons with the most advance technology to be 100 percent in control of the da Vinci™ System at all times. Using a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments, surgeons have enhanced vision, precision, and control when operating.

Benefits of da Vinci™ Surgical System

  • Shorter Recovery Time
  • Significantly Less Pain
  • Less Blood Loss
  • Less Scarring
  • Faster Return to Normal Daily Activities
  • In Many Cases Better Clinical Outcomes

Benefits of Robotic Hernia Surgery over Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery

In a Laparoscopic hernia surgery a surgeon places trocars using 1-inch incisions (typically 3 incisions) to place a camera and various instruments needed to conduct the procedure. Typically an assistant holds the camera showing the surgeon the area being operated on while the surgeon views a video monitor and operates through the small trocars. 

Through continued innovation and advancements in general surgery, we now offer the improved surgical option available with robotic hernia surgery. The da Vinci™ Surgical System uses a much higher resolution camera that sends a 3-dimentional image to the surgeon. This visual improvement is responsible for significant improvements in surgical accuracy and patient safety. Additionally the robotic instruments that are used are significantly improved over laparoscopic instruments. Due to the multiple points of rotational ability these tools give surgeons better movement within the abdomen. 

It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of robotic hernia repair with your surgeon to determine if this is the best option for you.

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