Robotic Inguinal Hernia Repair
Learn about robotic inguinal hernia repair and see how it could help you.
What is robotic inguinal hernia repair?
Robotic inguinal hernia repair is a surgical method used to treat hernias that affect the lower abdomen, particularly in males. Inguinal hernias can form when parts of the abdomen or intestines poke through weak areas of the lower abdomen wall.
An inguinal hernia is a type of hernia that occurs near the groin area or pubic bone. Common symptoms include burning or aching near the hernia or intensified pain while lifting or coughing. This type of hernia is more common in males, but pregnant women can develop them due to the additional pressure on their abdomen.
The robotics used in robotic inguinal hernia repair provide the surgeon with improved visibility of the surgical site, including the anatomy of the hernia and surrounding tissue and organs. Manipulating the surgical instruments through a remote allows surgeons to be more precision.
Advantages of robotic inguinal hernia repair
- Smaller incisions. Robotic inguinal hernia repair decreases the incision size. This helps reduce blood loss and the risk of infection. Also, there is typically less scarring.
- Decreased pain. Compared with traditional hernia repair methods, robotic inguinal hernia repair decreases the amount of pain after surgery.
- Faster recovery. Robotic inguinal hernia repair speeds up recovery time and allows patients to resume normal activity more quickly.
Possible risks of robotic inguinal hernia repair
As with most surgeries, complications are possible with robotic inguinal hernia repair. Those complications can include:
- Recurrence of the hernia
- Damage to nearby organs
- Bowel obstruction
- Urinary retention
Preparing for robotic inguinal hernia repair
Consult with our surgical staff to prepare for robotic inguinal hernia repair. Some considerations for your preparations include:
- Discussing your medicine regiment. Some medicine can increase risk of bleeding.
- Avoiding food and drink for at least six hours before your surgery.
- Cleaning your abdomen with antibacterial soap, but not shaving the surgical area.
- Having someone available to drive you and stay with you following the surgery.
- Making a high-fiber meal plan to decrease risk of constipation and straining.
Schedule an appointment with our specialists today to learn more about robotic inguinal hernia repair.