Hernias and robotic hernia repair

(upbeat music What is a Hernia? – Most of the time we think of the hernia as what we see protruding
off of our abdominal wall or out of the groin. That’s actually something from the inside pushing through the hernia. The hernia itself is a hole. And it’s a hole in the muscular lining of our abdominal wall. The reason that’s important is when we discuss repairing a hernia, what we’re actually gonna do is patch that hole and
generally from the inside. So nothing will push
through it and get caught. There are really two
reasons that we fix hernias. The most important reason is that it has become very symptomatic. It bothers you, it
interferes with your ability to do what you want to on a routine basis. The second reason that we repair a hernia is to keep those contents from inside our abdomen that are
pushing through that hernia from getting stuck and
acquiring an emergency surgery (upbeat music)
How are Hernias Repaired? when we’re talking about robotic or laparoscopic hernia repair, we’re gonna go into the abdomen with several small devices, a camera, so that we can see the
hole from the inside. Once we do that, depending
on where the hernia is and how large it is,
sometimes we’ll suture the muscle back together and close it. And then we’ll put in
a patch from underneath to cover the hernia. Where the robot gives us an advantage in repairing these hernias, is it allows us to either
sew the mesh in place to the underside of the abdominal cavity or sew that inner lining
or repair it in the end of the abdominal cavity
back up to cover the mesh. It also gives us a wonderful
three dimensional view of the area when we’re working. Recovering from Minimally
Invasive Hernia Repair Surgery With a minimally invasive robotic repair, you would generally go
home either the same day of the operation or the next day. We try to limit any
extreme exertional activity or heavy lifting for a period
of three to four weeks. Afterwards people can get back to their normal level of activity. I generally tell my
patients after about four to six weeks they won’t
think about me anymore when they more or turn.

Bernard Jenkins

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