Robotic hernia surgery

Life & Health

More than a million hernia surgeries are performed each year.

What was previously a very invasive operation is now high tech. Robotic surgery has taken laparoscopic or minimally-invasive surgery to the next level.

Diane Pineda had her first hernia surgery 20 years ago, but a new twist developed recently, when her intestines pushed through the hole in the muscle wall.

An unguinal hernia had forced part of her intestines through a previously implanted mesh netting that was supporting her abdominal wall. She opted for robotic hernia repair.

The surgeon is seated at a computer console and remotely controls the robotic arms. it’s the best of what technology offers: 3-d, high definition … and control.

Dr. Michael Albrecht says, “The arms or the instruments that we’re able to use robotically, are articulated, meaning they’re like our hands are in there. The robot allows the surgeon to have all control of all the instruments that are performing the surgery.”

Using robotics and a tiny incision, there is a much lower risk of infection.

Dr. Donald Dilworth says, “For the majority of hernias, fairly small ones, the inguinal hernias. My personal protocol is to send them back on family walks on day four, at day seven I want them back on an elliptical or treadmill. At two weeks, we actually lift their restrictions, there are no further lifting restrictions at all.”

That means patients like Diane can get back to life more quickly. ”

The cause of hernias can be anything from increased abdominal pressure, severe allergies causing coughing, or even obesity.

Doctors say not only is the robotic surgery more effective, there is minimal pain and less risk for taking opioids, which are very addictive.

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