What is Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery?
A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the weakened tissue or muscle that holds it in place. Hernias can happen anywhere in the body, but the most typical sites are the groin (inguinal hernia), the belly button (umbilical hernia), stomach (ventral hernia), and hiatal hernia. A hernia may develop quickly or over time as excess strain is placed on a weak muscle. Risk factors for a hernia include a family history of hernias, obesity, chronic coughing, chronic constipation, heavy weight lifting, and smoking. Hernias can cause a visible bulge, as well as pain, weakness, and a burning sensation. While smaller hernias may be treated with lifestyle changes or medication, surgery is usually needed for larger hernias or patients who are in pain. At Arizona Premier Surgery, we perform minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic hernia repair surgery for a faster recovery. Dr. Albert Amini is a hernia surgeon who is highly experienced in utilizing the Da Vinci® robotic surgical system in order to repair hernias from the gallbladders of our patients in Scottsdale, AZ and the neighboring towns of Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa.
Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery Reviews
"Dr. Amini has fantastic bedside manners, is very specific and precise. My appendix ruptured and I ended up in the hospital six days and had a surgery a couple weeks later. His office staff was very qualified and followed up in a timely manner."- R. / Healthgrades / Dec 16, 2016
"I was referred to Dr. Albert Amini following a ct scan. He professionally went over the results with me. His caring nature assured me that the results were probably non-evasive. He suggested a follow-up mri in 6 months. During my follow-up appointment, his caring professional demeanor asked me that son was alright. Dr. Amini sat with me, described the images of the mri, and gave me his professional opinion of the results of the scan."- H.F. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2018
"Dr Amini was the right choice for my Inguinal Hernia repair. After extensive research and getting referrals from Doctors, family members and friends, I found Dr Amini by using Healthgrades and Yelp reviews. During my appointment Dr Amini took time to explain the robotic surgery procedure he would be using to repair my hernia. He made me feel confident enough to move forward. The surgery was done at Scottsdale Shea Hospital, and I couldn't have been more pleased with how I was treated by the medical staff. The Anesthesiologist was excellent, he made me feel very comfortable about the procedure. The nurses were great. He was the Quarterback. The result of the surgery was better that I anticipated. I was walking in about 2 hours after surgery. I feel very confident in recommending Dr. Amini."- O.W. / Yelp / Jun 07, 2018
"Dr Amini was the right choice for my Inguinal Hernia repair. After extensive research as well as getting referrals from Doctors, family and friends, I found excellent reviews of Dr Amini on this site. At my initial appointment with Dr Amini, he took his time to explain the robotic surgery I would be going to have at the Scottsdale Shea Hospital. He put me at ease, and I felt very comfortable choosing him to perform this type of surgery. I couldn't have had better results. Thank you Dr. Amini."- O.W. / Healthgrades / Jun 08, 2018
"I knew I needed two surgery hernias when I visited by GP. She gave me the name of a surgeon but when I checked him out, I was not satisfied. I then began looking for someone with great reviews that covered many different facets. I found Dr. Amini and am so glad I did. I had only one visit to determine the issues and within days I had surgery scheduled. He is easy to talk to; listens to concerns and the surgery went well. Staff was great also!"- K.L. / Healthgrades / Jun 28, 2018
What Are Common Reasons for Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery?
Inguinal (groin) hernias
Inguinal hernias account for about 70% of all hernias and occur more typically in men. The inguinal canal is in the groin and holds up either the testicles or uterus. If the canal does not close properly after a man's testicles descend, this weakens the area and makes it prone to hernias.
Umbilical (belly button) hernias
Umbilical hernias occur in babies under six months old when the intestines create a bulge near the belly button. If an umbilical hernia has not corrected itself by the time the child is a year old, surgery is typically performed.
Ventral or incisional (abdominal wall) hernias
Ventral hernias can occur anywhere in the abdominal wall. Many ventral hernias are caused when a healed incision from a previous surgery causes weakened abdominal muscles and tissue. A ventral hernia may also be caused by a congenital defect that causes the walls of the stomach to be extremely thin.
Hiatal hernias (esophagus, paraesophageal, reflux)
How is Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery Performed?
Robotic or laparoscopic hernia repair surgery may be performed with general anesthesia. Depending on the size and location of the hernia, most operations take around one hour. Once the patient is ready, the surgeon will make 3 – 4 small incisions and insert the camera so the surgeon can see and repair the hernia. The hernia may be repaired with surgical mesh or sutures to strengthen the muscle or tissue and prevent the hernia from reoccurrence. Compared to traditional open hernia repair surgery, robotic or laparoscopic hernia repair typically causes less pain and recovery time for the patient, as well as improved results.
Traditional Versus Robotic Hernia Surgery
While traditional surgery is performed by hand by a surgeon, during robotic surgery, the surgeon stands at a console, controlling a robot that performs the procedure. It may sound incredibly futuristic, but using robots during hernia surgery actually comes with a variety of benefits. First of all, the robot grants the surgeon a greater degree of visibility and accuracy, which leads to less pain during the recovery process. Additionally, these robotic instruments have been known to be capable of much more complex movements than are possible by the human hand. Lastly, due to the smaller incisions and decrease in trauma, patients are typically able to return home much faster and experience rapid recovery times.
What to Expect After Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery
Most patients will be able to have their robotic hernia repair surgery on an outpatient basis, meaning, they will only be observed for a few hours before they are released to recover in the comfort of their own home. Patients may feel sore for 1 – 2 days after their surgery but are encouraged to walk as soon as possible after surgery to improve their blood flow for faster healing. Most patients will be able to perform their normal activities within 2 – 3 weeks after surgery but should hold off on exercise or strenuous activity until cleared by their doctor. Patients should schedule a follow-up appointment with us about two weeks after their surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Advanced Surgical Care
When performed by a skilled, experienced pancreas surgeon, like the board-certified doctors at Arizona Premier Surgery, robotic hernia repair surgery is very safe and effective, especially when compared to general surgery. If lifestyle changes and medication are not relieving the pain and symptoms of your hernia, schedule a consultation at our practice in Scottsdale, AZ in order to learn more about robotic hernia repair surgery for a faster recovery and relief.
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