Hernia affects over five million Americans, which has led to the development of significant advancements in hernia repair.
Hernia Repair Using Robotics
Hernia arises when a tear in the connective tissue that enclose or stabilize a particular muscle occurs, creating a defect which permits organs to push through. This can result in intense pain, nausea, swelling and a bulge.
Traditionally, hernia has been treated through either open or laparoscopic surgery – both of which have proven success rates. However, recent medical advancements have allowed hernia to be repaired through a minimally invasive approach using a robotic surgery platform. This platform is controlled by a highly skilled surgeon and features a 3D-HD visualization system as well as small surgical instruments.
The system and instruments have the capabilities of moving with greater vision, precision, dexterity and control.
While not every patient qualifies for robotic surgery, those that do may benefit from:
• Lower rates of pain & improved patient satisfaction.
93 percent of physicians whose patients had the robotic hernia repair said their patients complained less about pain while 82 percent of physicians reported writing less prescriptions for pain medications and less refills compared to traditional repair techniques.
•Shorter hospital stay.
While the hospital stay after a hernia repair differs based on the complexity of the condition, patients undergoing robotic hernia repair often have shorter hospital stays compared to those undergoing open approach especially in complex hernias.
•Lower rates of complications and hernia recurrence.
Mastery level in the principles of hernia repair and in robotic technical skills has resulted in lower rates of complications, including fewer surgical site infections, wound issues, readmissions and higher overall satisfaction rates.
Speak to your primary care physician about a referral and screening if you are suffering from hernia pain.
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