Before we start, let’s define the terms. Robotic refers to the use of robots in surgery, specifically, the da Vinci Xi, which provides accurate, minimally invasive surgical assistance. Bilateral refers to an operation performed on both left and right sides of the body. Inguinal refers to the groin or groin area.  A hernia is a condition in which an element of an organ protrudes through the abdominal wall.  Laparoscopic refers to a surgery in which a fiber optic instrument is placed in the abdomen which allows the surgeon to view the intestines and to perform the operation.

Robotic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia Repair is a laparoscopic procedure in which general anesthesia is administered and a small bilateral incision is made directly below the naval.  A laparoscope (a small lighted scope) is inserted into the incision which assists the surgeon of the performance of the operation. The robotic arm that repairs the hernia is inserted through the other incision. A mesh screen is placed over the deficit as a reinforcement to the belly wall.

Robotic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia Repair Is Considered Less Invasive Than Open Hernia Surgery

Post-Surgery

Typically, people who undergo this laparoscopic surgery are able to return home the same day. Average recovery time is 1 to 2 weeks, and most people can perform light activities 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.

Robotic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia Repair may not be recommended for people who:

  • Cannot  receive general anesthesia
  • Suffer from hemophilia (or other bleeding disorders)
  • Take blood clotting prevention medication
  • Have a severe lung disease
  • Are pregnant
  • Are very obese

Advantages Of Robotic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia Repair Over Open Hernia Repair

Robotic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia Repair generally involves less pain and thus quicker recovery time.  The incision is smaller, so there is less scar tissue. Furthermore, if the hernia is recurring, follow-up surgeries are typically easier with robotic techniques.  The robotics involved allow for more precision and overall greater surgical success.