• da Vinci Hernia Repair Surgery

    A new minimally invasive option for inguinal hernia

    An inguinal hernia happens when tissue bulges through a hole or weak area in the groin.

    Sometimes, there is no obvious cause for an inguinal hernia, which is a type of groin hernia. A combination of muscle weakness and straining during physical activities or exertion, such as heavy lifting or running may contribute to the hernia. Constipation, chronic cough, an enlarged prostate, smoking and other medical issues can also be factors.

    How does hernia repair surgery work?

    Though your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes, surgery is considered the only way to permanently fix a hernia. During inguinal hernia repair surgery, holes in the wall of the groin are closed.

    Hernia repair can be performed using traditional open surgery through an abdominal incision, which must be large enough for the surgeon’s hands.

    One alternative to open surgery is a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopy, which can be done through a few small incisions. In laparoscopic surgery, surgeons use long-handled instruments and a very small camera that sends images from inside the body to a video monitor to guide them.

    An advanced new approach

    Now, hernia repair surgery can also be performed using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, which uses very precise, state-of-the-art instruments.

    Surgery with da Vinci is less invasive than traditional open surgery, with much smaller incisions. It features a magnified high-definition 3D vision system, which gives doctors an enhanced view of the surgery site.

    The system translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny flexible instruments inside your body.

    Incisions for hernia repair procedures compared

    Inguinal hernia incision comparison - open v. da Vinci surgery
    Open hernia repair surgery incision (left) and da Vinci hernia repair incisions (right)

    Why consider da Vinci for hernia repair?

    Wellmont Health System has long been a regional leader in technologically advanced surgery, including robotically assisted surgery with the da Vinci system.

    Our da Vinci technology offers potential benefits for hernia repair such as:

    • Low risk of the hernia returning
    • Low rate of major complications, including a lower risk of infection
    • Faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay
    • Less blood loss
    • Reduced need for narcotic pain medicine
    • Low conversion rate to open hernia repair surgery

    Am I eligible for da Vinci surgery?

    That’s a question to ask your doctor. Clinical studies suggest da Vinci surgery is effective for hernia repair. Individual results may vary, however, and serious complications can occur in any surgery, including da Vinci procedures. And not all patients are eligible for minimally invasive procedures such as da Vinci surgery.

    It’s important to discuss treatment and surgical options, as well as the risks and benefits of each, with your physician.

    Where can I find da Vinci hernia repair?

    Wellmont currently offers da Vinci hernia repair surgery at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

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  • Hands cradling da Vinci surgical instrument

    Very small surgical instruments used with the da Vinci system help make minimally invasive procedures possible. Da Vinci translates your doctor’s hand movements into the smaller, more precise movements of these instruments inside your body.