Robotic Hernia Repair Surgery
Minimally invasive, Robotically-Assisted Hernia Repair Surgery with The Da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System
A hernia, in general, occurs when there is a hole in an area of weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall, allowing a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to push through the muscle layer, creating a balloon-like sac.
As a Board-Certified General Surgeon, Dr. David W. Ford operates with a minimally invasive robotic system to repair a wide variety of hernias. This minimally invasive approach only requires one or a few small incisions that doctors use to insert surgical equipment and a camera for viewing.
Types of hernias
The da Vinci® surgical systems are comprised of three components: surgeon console, patient-side cart, and vision cart.
The patient-side cart is positioned near the patient on the operating table. It is where the instruments used during the operation move in real time in response to your surgeon’s hand movements at the surgeon console.
A camera provides a high-definition, 3D magnified view inside your body. Every hand movement your surgeon makes is translated by the da Vinci system in real time to bend and rotate the instruments with precision.
The vision cart makes communication possible between the components of the system possible, and supports the 3D High Definition vision system.
The surgeon console is where I sit during the procedure, have a crystal-clear 3DHD view of your anatomy, and controls the robotic instruments. Through a few small incisions, the tiny instruments are "wristed" and move like a human hand, but with a far greater range of motion.