Robotic Hernia Repair

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A hernia happens when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. There are several types, and most are in the abdomen. Hernias are common and can affect men, women and children. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about hernia repair in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A ventral hernia is located in the abdomen and may appear at an incision site any time after surgery. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area. Your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes to ease your symptoms, but surgery is often the only way to repair a hernia.

The hernia is usually repaired with mesh by stitching, stapling or clipping it to nearby muscle. The hernia site can also be sewn directly together.

Your doctor may use traditional open surgery or do a laparoscopic procedure, which is less invasive. Laparoscopy is done using long, thin instruments and a tiny camera that sends images to a video screen to guide the doctor.

Your surgeon may use a robotic surgical system that features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. Robotically-assisted hernia repair offers a low rate of pain, shorter hospital stay and a low rate of the hernia returning.

If your doctor recommends hernia repair, explore all your options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.