Hernia repair surgery is generally considered to be a safe procedure. Complications are rare, but as with any surgery, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, and reactions to anesthesia. In some cases, the repaired hernia can come back (recur), or some scarring or damage to nearby organs or tissues can occur.
It’s important to discuss the risks and benefits of the surgery with your surgeon before the procedure. It’s also important to follow your instructions for preparing for surgery and caring for yourself after the procedure to minimize the risk of complications.
- What Is Hernia Repair Surgery?
- What Is Robotic Hernia Surgery?
- Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery Risks
- Benefits of Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery
- Who Should Not Have Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery?
- Alternatives to Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery
- Key Takeaways
What Is Hernia Repair Surgery?
Hernia repair surgery, also known as herniorrhaphy or hernia repair, is a surgical procedure to repair a hernia. A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue protrudes through a weak portion of the muscular or connective tissue. Hernias can occur in various parts of the body, but they most commonly occur in the abdomen and groin.
During hernia repair surgery, Dr. Abtin Khosravi will make an incision in the area of the hernia, push the protruding tissue back into place, and repair the weakened muscle or connective tissue to prevent the hernia from recurring. This can be done using sutures, staples, or mesh. The surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the patient’s profile.
Hernia repair surgery is a common procedure that is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery time varies, but most patients return to their normal activities within a few weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Khosravi’s instructions for post-surgery care to ensure a smooth recovery.
What Is Robotic Hernia Surgery?
Robotic hernia surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that is performed using a surgical robot. In this type of surgery, Dr. Khosravi sits at a console near the patient and uses a joystick to control the robotic arms of the surgical robot. He uses the robotic surgical system to perform the surgery with greater accuracy and precision than possible with traditional open surgery.
Robotic hernia surgery is typically performed to repair a hernia, which is a protrusion of an organ or tissue through a weak point in the muscle or tissue. Hernias can occur in various parts of the body, but the most common area is the abdomen. Robotic hernia surgery allows Dr. Khosravi to repair the hernia through small incisions, which results in less scarring and a faster recovery time for the patient compared to traditional open surgery.
It is important to note that while robotic surgery can offer some benefits, it is not always the best option for every patient. Dr. Khosravi discusses all treatment recommendations with patients prior to scheduling any procedure.
Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery Risks
Robotic hernia repair surgery is a safe procedure and is less invasive than traditional and standard laparoscopic surgery. Patients experience fewer complications. But like any surgery, there are risks, like the following:
Infection: Infection is a risk with any surgery, but it is usually easily treated with antibiotics.
Bleeding: There is a risk of bleeding during or after surgery. This can usually be controlled with medications or additional surgery.
Damage to nearby organs: There is a risk of accidental damage to nearby organs or tissues during the surgery.
Adverse reactions to anesthesia: There are also risks associated with the use of anesthesia, including allergic reactions and breathing problems.
Chronic pain: Some people experience chronic pain after the surgery, although this is rare.
Hernia recurrence: There is a slight risk of hernias redeveloping after surgery, especially if these factors are present: obesity, a weakness in the abdominal wall, or an increase in abdominal pressure. Robotic-assisted hernia repairs significantly lower the rate of recurrence. Patients can further reduce their risk by following post-operative guidelines, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding heavy lifting.
This procedure is less invasive than traditional and standard laparoscopic surgery and has fewer complications and a shorter recovery time for the patient. It’s important to discuss these risks with Dr. Khosravi before surgery and to follow all preoperative and recovery instructions for the procedure.
Benefits of Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery
Robotic hernia repair is one of several hernia repair surgeries that Dr. Abtin Khosravi, MD, offers at Orange County Robotic General Surgery. There are several benefits to robotic hernia repair surgery.
Improved precision: The robotic system allows the surgeon to perform the procedure with greater precision and control, as it allows for more precise movements and can provide a magnified 3D view of the surgical site, leading to better outcomes and fewer complications.
Reduced risk of infection: Robotic surgery comes with a lower risk of infection due to the reduced need for large incisions.
Reduced pain and scarring: Robotic surgery is typically associated with less pain and scarring compared to traditional open surgery, as it involves smaller incisions.
Shorter recovery time: Patients who undergo robotic hernia repair surgery have shorter recoveries than those who undergo traditional open surgery. Patients have fewer dietary and lifestyle restrictions so that they can return to their normal activities faster than their traditional hernia repair counterparts.
It’s important to note that the benefits of robotic hernia repair surgery vary depending on the individual patient and the specific circumstances of the surgery.
Who Should Not Have Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery?
Robotic hernia repair surgery, also known as laparoscopic hernia repair, is a surgical procedure that is used to repair a hernia, which is a weakness or hole in the muscle wall of the abdomen. This procedure can be performed using traditional laparoscopic techniques or with the assistance of a robotic surgical system.
There are several reasons why some candidates are not suitable for robotic hernia repair surgery, including the following:
Medical contraindications: There are certain medical conditions that can make you a poor candidate for robotic hernia repair surgery. For example, if you have a severe infection or uncontrolled bleeding, you might not be able to undergo the procedure.
Insufficient insurance coverage: Some insurance plans do not cover the cost of robotic hernia repair surgery. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to see if the procedure is covered under your plan.
Personal preference: Some people prefer to have traditional laparoscopic surgery or open surgery instead of robotic surgery. In these cases, the decision to undergo robotic hernia repair surgery is based on personal preference rather than medical necessity.
It’s important to discuss your options with Dr. Khosravi and make a decision that is best for your circumstances.
Alternatives to Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery
Robotic surgery is not always the best option for every patient, and the decision to use this type of surgery should be made on a case-by-case basis. There are several alternatives to robotic hernia repair surgery, including traditional open surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
Traditional open surgery involves making a larger incision in the abdomen to access the hernia and repair it. Open-surgery patients receive general anesthesia and have a longer recovery time than laparoscopic procedures. Also, conventional hernia repair surgery comes with more risks and a higher rate of complications, including hernia recurrence, than alternative procedures.
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery. During laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Khosravi makes several small incisions in the abdomen and inserts a thin tube with a camera attached to the end to view the hernia and repair it. This type of surgery is also typically performed under general anesthesia and has a shorter recovery time than traditional open surgery.
Robotic hernia repair is a minimally invasive surgery in which Dr. Khosravi uses an advanced robotic surgery system to fix hernias. It is a safe and effective procedure with a high success rate. However, as with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications that can arise. Some possible complications of robotic hernia repair include infection, bleeding, and damage to surrounding tissues or organs. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of any surgical procedure with a qualified hernia surgeon.
To find out if inguinal hernia repair surgery is right for you, Contact Orange County General Robotic Surgery at (714) 706-1257 for a consultation with Dr. Abtin H. Khosravi.