Patients suffering from complex hernias requiring surgery now have access to a novel and minimally-invasive procedure close to home. As featured in The Antelope Valley Times, Palmdale surgeon Rafael Lemus-Rangel, M.D., and Emery Chen, M.D., used the Antelope Valley Hospital da Vinci robotic surgical system to repair a complex hernia in the area’s first ever transversus abdominis release, or TAR, surgery.

A complex hernia is a hole or weakness in the abdominal wall that allows organs and tissues to protrude through. Prior to surgical robotic technology, complex hernias required complete reconstruction of the abdominal wall, a surgery that requires lengthy recovery time. Palmdale surgeon Rafael Lemus-Rangel, M.D. specializes in the TAR procedure which decreases the chance of developing future hernias.

Because robotic surgeries are minimally invasive, incisions are smaller and there is less blood loss reducing the chance of surgical complications. Patients benefit by having minimal scarring and a quicker reintegration into daily life.

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The da Vinci surgical system gives patients access to this option for urologic; gynecologic; and ear, nose and throat procedures. In addition to the TAR operation, the hospital is one of the few facilities in the Los Angeles area to have the specialized oral equipment the attaches to the robot, allowing surgeons to perform transoral robotic surgery (TORS) on the head and neck.

In 2000, the da Vinci surgical robot was approved for laparoscopic surgery. Today, because of its advantages, the da Vinci is being used for a growing number of minimally invasive surgical procedures. It is important for patients to understand that the da Vinci is not an automated machine, rather it is controlled by an experienced surgeon. Dr. Lemus-Rangel has performed hundreds of operations and has demonstrated an outstanding overall success rate which is demonstrated by the glowing reviews that he receives. Local residents have the opportunity to receive quality healthcare without leaving the region with the highly skilled Palmdale surgeon Rafael Lemus-Rangel, M.D.