It is estimated that approximately 600,000 hernia repair operations are performed annually in the United States. There are two types of surgical approaches that can be used in hernia repair operations - "open" and "laparoscopic". Many hernia repair operations are performed by the "open" conventional method. In an open hernia repair, your surgeon makes an incision to open the abdominal cavity and repairs the hernia from this incision.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Some hernia repairs are performed using a small telescope known as a laparoscope and other specialized instruments. This type of surgery is called laparoscopic surgery and is also referred to as “minimally invasive” surgery. It’s been called minimally invasive surgery, and with good reason. Surgeons combine the best of modern technology to perform operations in the abdomen and pelvic cavities involving smaller incisions that allow your doctor to perform the same vital tasks as traditionally done in open abdominal surgery. Laparoscopic procedures use both smaller tools and a video camera to guide the surgeon when making delicate incisions. The technique can be used in almost every type of abdominal surgery.
The enhanced visual field for the surgeon, the shortened recovery times, along with reductions in possible complications, combine to provide a safer experience for the patient. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and you should talk with your surgeon so you have a better understanding of its application to your problem. This way you and your surgeon can make an informed decision.
Robotic Hernia Surgery
The DaVinci Surgical System offers the most advanced technology for surgeons and can now be applied to hernia repairs. PACT Hernia Center Surgeons utilize the advantage of wristed instruments, hi-def 3D vision, and minimally invasive techniques for repairs with less pain and fewer complications. Your PACT Hernia Center surgeon can discuss robotic options with you.