Hernia surgery is one of the most common general surgery procedures with more than 1 million hernia surgeries performed in the United Sates and about 20 million worldwide. Our surgeons perform hundreds of hernia surgeries per year, the vast majority of which are done by a minimally invasive approach with a quick return to normal daily function.
A hernia occurs when there is a weakness or a “hole” in the muscular wall which allows tissue or an organ to protrude through the opening.
The traditional, open repair involves a larger incision and utilizes sutures, mesh, or both. Due to the larger size of the incision, open hernia repair generally causes increased discomfort and has a longer recovery period. However, there are situations where an open approach may be preferred.
Minimally Invasive Repair
Today, most hernias can be repaired via a laparoscopic or robot-assisted approach. As of 2010, the laparoscopic approach has replaced open repair as the gold standard for most hernia repairs, especially those involving the inguinal (groin) area. With the improved precision and flexibility of robotic surgery, the robot-assisted approach has also provided many enhancements to hernia repair, especially those involving the diaphragm (hiatal hernia).
Your surgeon will discuss these options with you during your consultation and will address any questions you may have at that time.