Anyone who sews or does even simple crafts or carpentry knows that for a project to be well made, the seams have to be just right so that they don’t pull apart.
Our bodies are like that too. If our numerous “seams” aren’t made just right, they can pull apart and let body parts slide into places they don’t belong. The abdomen is surrounded by muscles to keep the stomach, small intestine, and colon where they belong, but if one of these organs starts to slip though a weakness or a hole in the muscles, it’s called a hernia.
Other parts of the body can have organ herniation too. By definition, a hernia is a bulge or protrusion of an organ through a muscle or other structure that normally serves to keep it contained. However, when people talk about hernias, they are usually talking about the abdomen. While there are many types of abdominal hernias (hiatal, umbilical, or incisional), mentioning a hernia usually means they are talking about one in about the groin.
Risk factors for developing a hernia include:
- family history
- premature birth
- chronic cough
- lifting heavy weights
- being overweight
Surgery is often the only way to truly repair a hernia. Hernia repair can be done using traditional open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
Open Surgery: With open surgery, a large incision is made in your abdomen that allows your surgeon’s hands to reach and touch your organs.
Minimally Invasive Surgery: Minimally invasive surgery is also known as laparoscopy. It is done through a few small incisions using long, thin surgical instruments and a tiny camera. The camera takes images inside your body and sends them to a video screen in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery.
da Vinci Surgery is another minimally invasive surgical option for adult patients facing abdominal hernia surgery. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. da Vinci technology enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.
Early clinical data suggests: da Vinci Ventral Hernia Surgery offers the following potential benefits:
- Low rate of pain
- Low rate of the hernia returning
- Low rate of surgeon switching to open surgery
- Short hospital stay
Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Dr. Shawn Tsuda is one of a growing number of surgeons worldwide offering da Vinci ® Surgery. Schedule an appointment to discuss the best treatment for you.