Robotic Hernia Repair in Arizona
Serving patients near Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Goodyear and surrounding areas.
An inguinal hernia is an intrusion of the intestines into the groin area through a weak point in the abdominal wall. It can cause pain and pressure on the groin, as well as symptoms of nausea and constipation. Laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernias involves small incisions in or just under the navel and in the lower abdomen.
Ventral or Incisional Hernia
A ventral/incisional hernia is one located on the front abdominal wall that occurs on the site of a previous surgical incision. Ventral/incisional hernias are most common in patients who have had more than one incision in the same site and who are overweight. Laparoscopic surgery offers an effective solution repairing of ventral/incisional hernias involving minimal additional incisions.
Hernias can be painful, debilitating, or even unsightly. Finding a talented surgeon with a track record of success is important to a successful hernia surgery. Dr. Shawn Stevenson is one of the top rated general surgeons in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Call 602-582-5233 or request an appointment online today!
Inguinal Hernia Repair
Learn about inguinal hernia repair with da Vinci and understand your options
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If you’ve been diagnosed with an inguinal (or groin) hernia and your doctor recommends surgical repair, you’re not alone. About 800,000 inguinal hernia repairs are performed in the United States each year.1
An inguinal hernia happens when tissue, most often part of the intestine, bulges through a weak area of abdominal muscle in the groin area. Inguinal hernias make up about 75 percent of all hernias and are most common in men.2
Understanding your options
Doctors sometimes recommend watchful waiting if the hernia is small and there are few or no symptoms, but surgery is the only way doctors can repair an inguinal hernia.3 In all surgery types, the surgeon repairs the weakness in abdominal wall and, in most cases, reinforces it with some type of surgical mesh to prevent the hernia from recurring.4
Surgeons can repair inguinal hernias with traditional open surgery, which requires a large incision in your abdomen, or a minimally invasive approach. In traditional open surgery, the surgeon looks directly at the surgical area through the incision and repairs the hernia using hand-held tools.
There are two minimally invasive approaches: laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery, possibly with da Vinci® technology. Surgeons perform minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgeries through a few small incisions. To perform a laparoscopic hernia repair, surgeons use special long-handled tools while viewing magnified images from the laparoscope (camera) on a video screen.
How da Vinci works
Surgeons can perform inguinal hernia repair using da Vinci technology. With da Vinci, your surgeon sits at a console next to you and operates using tiny instruments through a few small incisions.
A camera provides a high-definition, 3D magnified view inside your body. Every hand movement your surgeon makes is translated by the da Vinci system in real time to bend and rotate the instruments with precision.
It’s important to remember that Intuitive does not provide medical advice. After discussing all options with your doctor, only you and your doctor can determine whether surgery with da Vinci is appropriate for your situation. You should always ask your surgeon about his or her training, experience, and patient outcomes.
Why surgery with da Vinci?
A review of published studies suggests potential benefits of an inguinal hernia repair with da Vinci technology include:
- Patients who had an inguinal hernia repair with da Vinci had a lower rate of complications after surgery from the time they left the hospital through 30 days after surgery compared with patients who had an open procedure.5
- Although fewer than 1 in 10 inguinal hernia repairs requires an admission to the hospital, called an inpatient stay, patients who had an inguinal hernia repair with da Vinci technology stayed in the hospital as an inpatient for a shorter amount of time than patients with similar characteristics who had an open procedure.5
All surgery involves risk. You can read more about associated risks of inguinal hernia repair here.
Questions you can ask your doctor
- What medical options are available for my hernia?
- What happens if I don’t get surgery?
- What is the difference between open, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted surgery?
- Can you tell me about your training, experience, and patient outcomes with da Vinci?
How will I feel after surgery?
Resources for learning more
Hernia repair brochure
Take away infromation about hernia repair with da Vinci technology in our brochure designed for patients and their families.
General surgery with da Vinci
Robotic-assisted surgery with da Vinci technology is used in many different types of procedures by general surgeons.
- Rutkow, I.M. (2003). Demographic and Socieconomic Aspects of Hernia Repair in the United States in 2003. Surgical Clinics of North America; 83(5):1045-51, v-vi.
- Groin Hernia Repair, American College of Surgeons, Web, 10 January 2019 https://www.facs.org/~/media/files/education/patient%20ed/groin_hernia.ashx
- Inguinal Hernia, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Health. Web. 10 January 2019. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/inguinal-hernia
- Hernia Surgical Mesh Implants. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Web. 10 January 2019. https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/HerniaSurgicalMesh/default.htm
- Supporting data includes data from a retrospective, multi-center, non-randomized controlled clinical study evaluating the use of the da Vinci Surgical System in Inguinal Hernia Repair procedures compared with open surgical procedures.
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Important Safety Information
Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on nonsurgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety.
Individuals' outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics, and/or surgeon experience.
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Hernia Surgery in Chandler, AZ
Our surgeons provide care for patients suffering from a variety of conditions including hernias. To find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you call our office at 602-582-5233.