Robotic Epigastic Hernia Repair
Discover how robotic epigastic hernia repair could benefit you.
What is robotic epigastric hernia repair?
Robotic epigastic hernia repair is a surgical method used to address epigastric hernias. Epigastric hernias form in the central part of the upper abdomen, below the sternum or breast bone. In some cases, the epigastric hernia may damage the tissue caught in the hernia.
Typically, epigastric hernias are present at birth. However, certain activities could worsen the hernia. Obesity is another factor that can intensify symptoms of epigastric hernias. Symptoms that are common with epigastric hernias include pain, swelling of the bulge (hernia), nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pain can worsen while straining to pass stool, lifting heavy weights, or coughing.
Robotic epigastric hernia repair utilizes a console and remote that improves surgeons’ ability to see and operate within the surgical site. The console offers high-definition imaging, while the remote enables the surgeons to be precise in the movement of their instruments.
Advantages of robotic epigastric hernia repair
- Smaller incisions. Robotic epigastric hernia repair involves a tiny incision, which decreases the risk of infection and blood loss. Also, less scarring occurs.
- Decreased pain. Robotic epigastric hernia repair can decrease the amount of pain after surgery compared to that experienced with traditional surgical methods.
- Speedy recovery. Being a less invasive surgical method, recovery time decreases and enables patients to resume normal activity sooner.
Possible risks of robotic epigastric hernia repair
Risks can occur with robotic epigastric hernia repair. Such complications can include:
- Return of the hernia
- Damage to nearby organs
Preparing for robotic epigastric hernia repair
Discussing surgery preparations is important. Our specialists can help you prepare for robotic epigastric hernia repair. Some things to consider include:
- Talking about your current medicine list. Some medicines increase risk for bleeding.
- Avoiding food and drink for at least six hours before your surgery.
- Cleaning your abdomen with antibacterial soap. However, do not shave the surgical area.
- Asking someone to drive you and stay with you after the surgery.
- Planning for a high-fiber diet to improve bowel movements.
Contact our specialists today to learn more about robotic epigastric hernia repair and how it could help you.