When you hear that your doctor is interested in doing a robotic hernia repair, you may have one of two reactions. Your first reaction might be, this is cool! Or your reaction may be more along the lines of, is this procedure safe?
The first thing that you need to understand is that all hernia repair is considered to be a speciality. This is because no two hernias are exactly the same. Before you have hernia repair, you need to have a frank conversation with your surgeon. You both need to agree that the hernia surgery is necessary, and you need to agree on why the surgery is necessary. In some cases, a hernia can simply be observed.
Contrary to popular belief, robotic hernia repair is not something that just appeared out of the blue this year. It has been something that the medical community has been working with for many years, and the technology behind it has been drastically and consistently growing in efficiency and safety. Many in the medical community agree that the robotic approach has some advantages over an open approach to hernia surgery. It is a minimally invasive approach that allows much of the hernia treatment to be done inside the patient without making large incisions. The medical community widely agrees that when the procedure is performed by a trained surgeon, a patient should expect rapid recovery.
To be clear, robotic hernia surgery does not mean that there is a robot with artificial intelligence that is performing the entire surgical procedure. To the contrary, the robot is being controlled by your surgeon. Your surgeon is going to do all of the set up and is going to sit at a consul that is away from the operating table, controlling the robot using a joystick and a camera.
Throughout the entire procedure, there will be a surgeon assistant who is at your bedside. They’re going to assist the robot with any instruments that are needed during the surgery. So the robot is serving as a tool or as an instrument that is making it easier for your doctor to optimize the repair of your hernia.
It is important to talk to your surgeon about the level of experience that they have in performing a robotic hernia. Ask your surgeon how many years they have been practicing this procedure.
Robotic hernia repair is a very safe and time-tested procedure. Talk to our doctors at Surgical Associates of South Florida about any concerns you have about this procedure and have them walk you through the steps that they are going to take as the surgery is being performed. The more you know about your robotic hernia surgical procedure, the more comfortable you will feel and the happier you will be with the end results.