da Vinci® Hernia Surgery
SPECIALIZING IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE HERNIA SURGERY THROUGH DA VINCI® SURGERY
A hernia occurs when tissues push through an opening in your body and get dislodged from their normal position.
When you lift a very heavy object, jerk your body suddenly, experience a violent cough, sneeze strenuously or engage in any activity that may exert extreme pressure on the organs of you body, a hernia can be formed. There is a thin membrane covering your organs and surrounding tissues. When undue stress occurs, organs sometimes break through the thin membrane covering then and move, causing a bump to develop on your body.
HOW COMMON ARE HERNIAS?
Hernias are one of the most common conditions that people suffer from. Fortunately, we provide what we find are the most effective surgical procedures for this condition. Our hernia surgeons in New Jersey Advanced Surgical Solutions have had excellent results. Our lead surgeon, Dr. Val Prokurat, is extremely experienced in hernia repair. If you are concerned that you may have had a hernia, feel free to contact us at any time! We are more than happy to help.
TREATMENT FOR VENTRAL HERNIAS
A hernia can only be repaired with surgery. Hernias commonly happen in the abdomen (ventral hernia) or groin area (inguinal hernia), although they can occur near the thigh (femoral hernia) or at the bellybutton (umbilical hernia) in rare cases.
In the event that you’ve had a ventral hernia, surgery is necessary to repair the defect or hole in the lining of the abdominal wall or fascia. The hole in your abdomen allows the abdominal contents to push through the abdominal wall, which cause pain, discomfort and/or a bulge in the area of the hernia.
THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
If your doctor decides that a surgical repair is right for you, talk to him about all of your options, including minimally invasive surgery. One option your surgeon may present is robotic-assisted surgery.
At our center, we perform both the traditional open hernia repair and the robotics-assisted hernia repair using the da Vinci® surgical system.
HOW CAN YOU PREPARE FOR SURGERY?
Although a hernia surgery is a routine procedure, it’s okay to feel nervous about it. To help yourself make an informed decision about whether you need the surgery or not, consider bringing questions like these to your surgeon or doctor during the first visit:
- What medical options are available for my hernia?
- What happens if I don’t get surgery?
- What kind of experience do you have with my type of hernia?
- Should I get a second opinion?
- What is the difference between robotic-assisted surgery and laparoscopic surgery?
- What type of anesthesia will I receive?
- How long will surgery take?
- Where will I have scars?
- When will I go home?
- How soon can I lift light weights after surgery? Heavier weights? What about other activities like cardio or sports?
Be sure to also provide personal information about your medical past to the doctor. Any allergies, previous surgeries, complications – everything should be disclosed to help the doctor create a treatment plan.
Most people experience no hernias in their lifetime. But, if you do need the surgery, you’ll need to follow a list of Do’s and Don’ts to prepare. Don’t take any medication without first checking with your surgeon. Avoid eating meals 24-hours before the surgery and don’t make movements which may worsen your hernia. Do follow the doctor’s instructions regarding what to wear, how to move and what to do when you have a hernia.
WHAT WILL DR. PROKURAT DO?
If you and Dr. Prokurat decide together that robotic-assisted surgery is right for you, your surgeon will use a 3D high-definition camera for a crystal-clear and magnified view of your hernia.
Your surgeon will sit at a console next to you and operate through a few small incisions in your body using tiny instruments including a camera. Your surgeon fully controls all instruments during the surgery. Every hand movement is translated by the da Vinci® System in real-time to help the surgeon bend and rotate the instruments for a precise repair of your hernia.
This technology, combined with the skill of some of the best hernia surgeons New Jersey has to offer, ensures the most accurate and the safest treatment.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER SURGERY?
In early studies*, people reported feeling less pain during recovery from robotic-assisted hernia surgery, than they did after the traditional laparoscopic surgery. A patient survey study also suggested that most people felt little to no pain one week after robotic-assisted hernia surgery.
Everyone is different, but in a market research study*, patients reported less pain, and said they experienced less disruption in their daily activities after having robotic-assisted hernia surgery as compared to open and laparoscopic surgery.
FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS
- Most people reported less disruption to daily activities.
- 86% of patients reported they were not using pain medication 1-2 weeks later.
If you have been diagnosed with a hernia, or you have unexplained abdominal pain, book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Val Prokurat at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions to learn more about options that may be available to you. With offices in Freehold and Hamilton, New Jersey, we strive to continue to provide the best hernia surgery New Jersey has available.