A ventral hernia is located in the abdomen and may appear at an incision site anytime after surgery (incisional hernia). An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area.
Your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes to ease your symptoms, but surgery is often the only way to truly repair a hernia. If a child has a ventral hernia that does not heal on its own by age 5, his/her doctor may suggest surgery.
da Vinci surgery is a minimally invasive surgical option for adult patients facing abdominal hernia surgery.
The da Vinci system features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. da Vinci technology enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.
Early clinical data suggests da Vinci ventral hernia surgery offers the following potential benefits:
- Low rate of pain
- Low rate of the hernia returning
- Low rate of surgeon switching to open surgery
- Short hospital stay
Your doctor controls the da Vinci system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
Risks & considerations related to hernia repair (ventral, incisional, umbilical, inguinal) include recurrence of the hernia, bowel injury and urinary retention. For inguinal hernia repair, testicular injury can occur.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery. Risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, and may include death. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery. Ask your doctor to decide if surgery is right for you. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to www.davincisurgery.com/safety for important safety information.
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