Today we are going to cover having hernia injuries repaired via robotic surgery. We will address this subject straight on, first covering what hernias are, then what robotic surgery is before finally discussing the overall procedure. Hopefully this article rings true as both informative and thorough.
What is a hernia?
A hernia is a tear in the abdominal lining that allows abdominal tissues for push through. This can cause a great deal of pain, discomfort and possible bulging that will only get worse if left untreated. How do hernias happen? They can be caused by any of a multitude of reasons. You could just be getter older and the lining gave out. You could have torn it playing contact ports, or even stretching. Sometimes bad genetics can play a role in hernia developments, as can pregnancy or even heavy lifting.
There are different kinds of hernia, and are named for causes and the symptoms presented. Inguinal hernias occur near the groin, and occur more often in men due to a natural weak spot in the groin cause by the lowering of testicles. Sports hernias happen in a similar location, but are caused by playing sports or just working really hard. There are many other types, but you get the idea.
According to Medline Plus robotic surgery is defined as a method of performing surgery with the use of tools attached to a robotic arm. The surgeon uses a computer terminal to control the robot. Well, that certainly doesn’t sound like what my imagination cooked up when I heard the term ‘robotic surgery’, but it does make some sense.
Do I need surgery?
The next question – if you have a diagnosed hernia – should be ‘Do I need surgery?’ The answer to that yes, though people do leave them untreated sometimes. Here are some facts to consider:
The hernia will never improve or heal by itself
The hernia and the symptoms it causes will only get worse over time. As long as you have a hernia, there is a chance of strangulation which will have to be repaired with surgery. A strangulation is where part of the intestine gets caught in the herniated area, causing it to be constricted. This will cause extreme pain and can injure the bowel.
The greatest risk of undergoing hernia repair is that the hernia may come back.
Advanced Robotic Hernia Repair
One option for hernia surgery is the robotic surgery. This is where the surgeon controls a robotic arm to perform the surgery. This allows the procedure to be far less invasive, as the robot uses very small tools and the surgeon can see what is going on through an endoscopic camera placed at the surgery site. Instead of a large cut, the surgeon will be able to make several small incisions and do the work within them.