What are my options?

Learn about the range of medical options available for hernias.

What happens
during a
hernia repair?

Hernia repair surgery may be performed through open or minimally invasive surgery. Here’s an overview of a typical hernia repair surgery.

  1. Once you are prepped for surgery and under general anesthesia (asleep), your surgeon will access your hernia through one or a few incisions near the hernia site.
  2. Your surgeon will put all intestinal tissue that’s been poking through the hernia back to its normal position.
  3. Your surgeon will then place and secure surgical mesh on the abdominal wall to reinforce the area.
  4. Once the hernia is repaired, your surgeon will close the incision or incisions with stitches or surgical tape.

What is robotic-
assisted surgery?

Typical Incision Size

1/2 inch

Visualization

3D high-definition video projected
in front of surgeon’s eyes

Instruments

Instruments with more movement than
the human hand, and needle and thread

Typical Incision Size: 1/2 inch

Visualization: 3D high-definition video projected in front of surgeon’s eyes

Instruments: Instruments with more movement than the human hand, and needle and thread

Robotic-assisted surgery is one of two minimally invasive approaches to repairing your hernia. With robotic-assisted surgery, your surgeon will sit at a console next to you and operate through a few small incisions using tiny instruments, including a 3D high definition camera. This camera enables a crystal-clear and magnified view of your hernia.

Your surgeon fully controls all instruments. Every hand movement is translated by the
da Vinci® System in real-time to bend and rotate the instruments for a precise repair of your hernia.

Learn more about
robotic-assisted hernia surgery
>

What is laparoscopic
surgery?

Typical Incision Size

1/2 inch

Visualization

2D video on operating room screen

Instruments

Straight sticks, needle and thread
or tacker

Typical Incision Size: 1/2 inch

Visualization: 2D video on operating room screen

Instruments: Straight sticks, needle and thread or tacker

Laparoscopic surgery is the other minimally invasive approach to repairing your hernia. With laparoscopic surgery, your surgeon will stand next to you and operate through a few small incisions using hand-held instruments, including a 2D camera.

For the duration of the procedure, either the surgeon or the surgeon’s assistant will be holding these instruments.

What is open
surgery?

Typical Incision Size

3-6 inches

Visualization

Surgeon’s eyes

Instruments

Surgeon’s hands, scalpel,
needle and thread or tacker

Typical Incision Size: 3-6 inches

Visualization: Surgeon’s eyes

Instruments: Surgeon’s hands, scalpel, needle and thread or tacker

In open surgery, your surgeon will make a 3-6 inch incision (likely using a scalpel) cutting through tissue to get access to your hernia. The surgeon will then be able to see the hernia and repair it using traditional surgical tools.

Minimally invasive surgery is not always an option for every hernia case. It’s important to talk to your doctor to understand what the best option is for you.

Comparison

TYPICAL INCISION SIZE: 1/2 inch

VISUALIZATION: 3D high-definition video projected in front of surgeon’s eyes

INSTRUMENTS: Instruments with more movement than human hand, needle and thread

TYPICAL INCISION SIZE: 1/2 inch

VISUALIZATION: 2D video on an operating room screen

INSTRUMENTS: Straight sticks, needle and thread or tacker

TYPICAL INCISION SIZE: 3 – 6 inches

VISUALIZATION: Surgeon’s eyes

INSTRUMENTS: Surgeon’s hands, scalpel, needle and thread or tacker

Alternative Medical Options

Some patients may choose to wear a hernia compression belt to temporarily reduce the discomfort of a hernia. However, a hernia can only be repaired with surgery.1

Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Medical evidence from clinical studies are available through the National Library of Medicine at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed.

Surgical
Approach

Typical
Incision Size


Visualization


Instruments

Robotic-Assisted

1/2 inch

3D high-definition
video projected in
front of surgeon’s eyes

Instruments with more
movement than human
hand, needle and thread

Laparoscopic

1/2 inch

2D video on an
operating room screen

Straight sticks, needle
and thread or tacker

Open

3 – 6 inches

Surgeon’s eyes

Surgeon’s hands, scalpel,
needle and thread or tacker

Alternative Medical Options

Some patients may choose to wear a hernia compression belt to temporarily reduce the discomfort of a hernia. However, a hernia can only be repaired with surgery.1

Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Medical evidence from clinical studies are available through the National Library of Medicine at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed.

References

  1. Offline Clinic. (2017). Difference between herniorraphy and hernioplasty for hernia repair - Offline Clinic. [online] Available at: https://offlineclinic.com/difference-between-herniorraphy-and-hernioplasty-for-hernia-repair/ [Accessed 1 Aug. 2017].

Site sponsored by Intuitive Surgical. Note: If you are experiencing sudden, intense pain in your abdomen or groin that you suspect may be a hernia, contact your doctor immediately or visit the Emergency Room. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.
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