In many cases, having a hernia is relatively painless, although it can certainly be cosmetically unpleasing. For some men and women, hernias produce painful, disruptive symptoms. Whether you’re considering hernia repair for aesthetic or functional reasons, the expert team at Arizona Premier Surgery can help. Read on to learn more about the benefits of robotic hernia repair, and find out whether you may qualify for this advanced procedure at one of our convenient locations in Chandler, Gilbert, and Scottsdale, AZ.
What causes a hernia?
Generally speaking, a hernia is the result of an organ, such as the intestines, bulging through a weak or damaged area of muscle. Frequently seen hernias include umbilical hernia (belly button), ventral hernia (in the abdomen), inguinal hernia (in the groin), and hiatal hernia (esophagus/diaphragm). Common causes and risk factors for developing a hernia include:
- Birth defect
- Genetics/family history of hernia
- Excessive or prolonged coughing or straining
How do you fix a hernia?
In the majority of cases, visible hernias, especially those causing uncomfortable symptoms, require surgical repair. Hernia repair surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and may use either a robotic or laparoscopic approach. At Arizona Premier Surgery, our acclaimed team is proud to offer robotic hernia repair to help patients achieve their desired outcome with fewer side effects and risks than open hernia repair.
What is the advantage of robotic hernia repair vs. open surgery?
Robotic hernia repair is performed as a minimally invasive procedure, meaning, only tiny incisions are required. A small camera is inserted through the incision to allow the surgeon to visualize the internal structures while carrying out the hernia repair. Using the highly advanced Da Vinci® robotic system, the surgeon performs the procedure with an exceptional level of precision. Depending on the nature, location, and severity of the case, repair and reinforcement of the muscle wall will be completed using either sutures or surgical mesh. Compared with other hernia repair methods, laparoscopic robotic hernia repair provides the following benefits:
- Much smaller incision(s)
- Quicker procedure
- Shorter recovery period
- Less postoperative pain
- Reliable, long-lasting results
During your initial consultation for hernia repair at Arizona Premier Surgery, one of our experienced surgeons will thoroughly evaluate and discuss your case, examine your hernia, review and/or perform any necessary imaging studies, and determine whether you may be a good candidate for robotic hernia repair.
How long is recovery after robotic hernia repair?
One of the most compelling benefits of robotic hernia surgery is that the postoperative period is typically quicker and more comfortable than recovery after traditional hernia repair. Many patients are able to return to work within 1 – 2 weeks after robotic hernia repair, though strenuous physical activity and exercise may be off-limits for up to 4 – 6 weeks, or until cleared by the surgeon.
Consider the comfort and convenience of laparoscopic robotic hernia repair surgery in Chandler and Scottsdale, AZ
If you’re frustrated by the painful symptoms or cosmetic nuisance of your hernia but want to avoid the scarring and downtime associated with traditional hernia surgery, robotic hernia repair may be right for you. To schedule your private consultation or telemedicine appointment with one of our nationally recognized, board-certified surgeons, call your nearest Arizona Premier Surgery location in Chandler, Gilbert, or Scottsdale, AZ today!