What are the advantages of robotic surgery for hernia repair?

One of the biggest differences between laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery is that the use of the robot provides excellent three-dimensional images of the inside of the abdomen (vs. the two-dimensional images of laparoscopic surgery).

Other benefits of robotic hernia surgery include the following:

  • The surgeon can easily use stitches to sew tissue and meshes inside the abdomen.
  • The patient has tiny scars rather than one large incision scar.
  • There may be less pain after this surgery compared to open surgery.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/27/2018.

References

  • Dominguez JEE, Gonzalez A, Donkor C. Robotic Inguinal Hernia Repair. J. Surg. Oncol. 2015;112:310–314. Accessed 9/13/2018.
  • Shraga S, Chang E, Radvinsky D, Sugiyama G. Robotic Inguinal Hernia Repair. Accessed 9/13/2018.
  • Waite KE, Herman MA, Doyle PJ. Comparison of robotic versus laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) inguinal hernia repair. J Robot Surg. 2016 Sep;10(3):239-44. doi: 10.1007/s11701-016-0580-1

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