Surgical Associates of South Florida LLC offers robotic hernia surgery, as well as other treatments, for patients in Miami, South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay. This process makes the surgery and recovery process as simple, easy, and safe as possible.
What Is a Hernia?
A hernia is when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that works to hold it in its proper place. Hernias are often found in the abdomen area between your chest and hips, but they may also occur in the upper thigh and groin areas. Hernias can often be identified by a bulge, swelling, or pain, but sometimes there are no symptoms.
Not all hernias need treatment, but if a strangulated hernia is left untreated, the part of the hernia that isn’t receiving enough blood may burst and cause further complications that could become life-threatening.
Hernias have traditionally been treated by surgeons with open hernia repair, which involves making large incisions in the abdominal wall to identify the hernia sac and push it back into the abdomen before stitching the abdominal wall back up. More recently, laparoscopic incisional surgery has been used to treat hernias. This has a shorter recovery time but has a higher possibility of perioperative complications.
How Does Robotic Hernia Surgery Work?
In robotic hernia surgery, the surgeon uses a console to control robotic arms that perform the surgery. The process involves using a laparoscope and a tiny camera to project the inside of the abdomen onto a screen after creating small incisions and inflating the abdomen.
What Are the Benefits of Robotic Hernia Surgery?
Quick Recovery Time and Shorter Hospital Stays
Before this robotic technique was introduced, open hernia surgery involved surgeons creating large incisions in the abdominal wall to identify the hernia sac that contains the bulging intestine. Then the hernia would be pushed back into the abdomen, and the abdominal wall would be stitched up. This resulted in painful and long recovery times for patients.
With robotic hernia surgery, the recovery is much faster because the procedure is minimally-invasive. Patients who receive this surgery are sent home significantly sooner than patients who receive open hernia surgery.
Less Pain Later
The surgeon can make more precise movements as they perform the surgery, and the incision size is smaller than it would be in open hernia surgery. As a result, there’s less trauma, pain, damage, and blood loss in the surrounding tissue during and after the operation. Patients have a lower need for narcotic pain relief after the surgery.
There are also lower infection rates with hernia surgeries performed robotically.
More Complex and Precise Work
The robotic instruments can be manipulated with more precision, allowing the surgery to be technically more complex and meticulous. The incision size for the surgery can be smaller, which reduces potential complications.
Learn More About Robotic Surgery
To find out more about repairing your hernia safely and effectively, please schedule an appointment with us at Surgical Associates of South Florida LLC in Miami, Florida. We’re happy to discuss your situation and help you decide on the best course of action.