Highly-Advanced Robotic Hernia Repair

Dr. David Lourié MD uses advanced robotic hernia surgery for the treatment and repair of inguinal (groin) hernias, umbilical (belly button or navel) hernias, femoral hernias, abdominal hernias, epigastric hernias, spigelian hernias and ventral or incisional hernias in men and women.

Symptoms and Treatments for Hernias

Hernias are openings in the abdomen that can allow soft tissue — usually part of the tissues from inside the abdominal cavity or part of the intestine — to protrude through the weak spot in the deep abdominal muscles. This usually causes a visible bulge under the skin.

Some hernias don’t cause any symptoms. You might not know you have one until your doctor discovers it during a routine medical exam. Often, however, you can see and feel the bulge created by the hernia. The bulge is usually more obvious when you stand upright, especially if you cough or strain. This bulge may reduce or go away when you lie down.

Types of Hernias

Inguinal hernias occur in the groin area on either side of the pubic bone.  Femoral hernias occur in the low groin or upper thigh area. Ventral hernias usually occur in the midline of the abdomen.  Umbilical hernias occur at the navel or belly button.  Incisional hernias occur at the site of a prior surgery scar where the abdominal wall is weaker and a hole has opened up.  Recurrent hernias have been fixed before but have returned at the same place.  There are other rare hernias with names such as spigelian, obturator, and lumbar hernias to name a few.  All of the above hernia types can occur in both men and women.

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Dangers and Complications of a Hernia

  • Pressure on surrounding tissues.  Most hernias enlarge over time if they’re not repaired surgically.  Hernias can put pressure on surrounding tissues and sometimes cause pain. 
  • Incarcerated hernia.  When soft tissue or the intestines becomes trapped through the hernia hole in the abdominal wall, the bulge may not go away or reduce when you lie down.  This can lead to blockage of the intestines, resulting in severe pain, nausea, vomiting, and the inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas.
  • Strangulated hernia.  This occurs in an incarcerated hernia when the blood flow has been cut off to the trapped part of your intestine within the hernia. This condition can lead to the death of the intestine. A strangulated hernia is life threatening and requires immediate surgery.

Highly-Advanced Surgery Options for Hernia

There are no exercises, devices or medications that will fix a hernia.  Hernias do not get better or go away on their own and can lead to life threatening complications. For this reason, your doctor will likely recommend surgery to fix a hernia even before waiting until it becomes painful or larger.

With hernias, it is often better to treat early than to wait until it’s too late.  Certain hernias, like inguinal or groin hernias, are especially important to treat early in their course. 

Hernia repair is a common surgical procedure.  Hernias are repaired with either traditional open cut techniques or with minimally invasive techniques. 

Our procedures will often allow you to return home the same day!  Minimally invasive surgeries, performed with either laparoscopic or robotic techniques, offer a quicker return to work and normal activities with decreased pain compared to open surgery.

Although Dr. Lourié has decades of experience with laparoscopic hernia repair, he now prefers to use advanced robotic surgery for the treatment and repair of inguinal (groin), incisional, ventral, and many umbilical (belly button) hernias in both men and women. Robotic surgery has the same benefits as laparoscopic surgery, but allows the surgeon better visualization, dexterity and precision and is the most advanced, minimally invasive procedure available. In many cases Dr. Lourié can perform robotic hernia surgery in patients who would have otherwise required an open hernia repair.

Dr. Lourié teaches advanced robotic hernia repair techniques to surgeons from around the country.

Watch the video above for more information on robotic hernia repair. Ask Dr. Lourié if you are a candidate for da Vinci robotic hernia repair.

Patients Love Doctor Lourié!

I had an incredible experience with both Dr Lourie and his office manager Monique. Dr. Lourie’s skill and deftness is second to none. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had him take care of me.
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One of the nicest, most professional doctors you will ever find.
John D., Yelp
Dr. Lourie seemed so soft spoken, but he doesn’t mess around when it comes to his surgeries. He has a great reputation for being a expert surgeon and caring much for his patients.
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Dr. Lourie explained the procedure well before hand in his office. He answered all my questions before I could even ask them. He esp. demonstrated a confidence in what he was going to do yet with humbleness which was very reassuring. I had a long and complicated surgery and I went into the surgery feeling confident everything was going to be ok! The office staff were reassuring and very responsive when I emailed or called. Thanks for making this such a positive experience!
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