How Does Robotic Surgery Benefit Hernia Patients?

By Dr. Pradeep Chowbey in Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery , Robotic Surgery

Nov 01 , 2022 | 2 min read


A hernia usually occurs when there is weakness in the tissue or muscle or the organ inside pushes through it. A hernia can occur in various places in the body, such as the abdomen, the groin, diaphragm or the site of any previous incision due to surgery. In hernia one of the types of hernia also known as hiatal hernia where abdomenal pain is main symptoms and if you are suffering by bad abdomenal pain then you must get consultation for hiatal hernia treatment by your doctor.

As time passes, hernias tend to get larger since the muscle wall of the area gets weaker and more tissue bulges through. Knowing when to seek a surgical consult is necessary to rule out potentially serious complications that may arise if the hernia is strangulated. Suppose there is a visible or palpable bulge that gets more pronounced while coughing, and there is pain or pressure at the site of the hernia, which intensifies while doing strenuous activities. In that case, it is best to visit a surgeon for a consultation.

Hernia repair involves strengthening the weakened tissue area. This is done through surgery by closing the hernia site and securing the area with a surgical mesh. Earlier, this procedure was traditionally performed with an open surgery involving large cuts, a long recovery time, extended hospitalisation, and high chances of infection. However, the minimally invasive approach gave excellent patient outcomes with laparoscopic surgery. Now with the next generation robotic system, Versius from CMR Surgical, Cambridge UK, procedures like hernia can be done, extending great advantages of robotics.

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During robotic surgery with Versius- the surgeon operates from an open console near the operating table. The console allows complete visibility of the patient during the surgery and helps the surgeon maintain verbal or non-verbal communication with the team, which is critical in the OT environment.

Compared to laparoscopic surgery, where the surgeon gets a 2D view while operating, the most significant advantage of robotic surgery is the 3-dimensional high-definition view that empowers the surgeon with greater depth perception. This significantly improves the accuracy and safety of the procedure.

Three to four tiny incisions are made in the patient's abdomen to perform minimally invasive cholecystectomy. The robotic system, Versius, translates the surgeon's wrist, hand and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the surgical area.

The hand controls are manoeuvred by the surgeon, which moves the robotic arms with attached surgical instruments. The Versius system is a next-generation robotic system backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning. It is designed for surgical excellence and has many in-built safety mechanisms.

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The robotic system permits 360 degrees of wrist motion and enables high manoeuvrability for precise and efficient alignment, thus overcoming the limitations of a human wrist. With the advanced and robust technology of Versius, the surgeon's skills are enhanced whilst surgical errors are negated. The patients are up and about within a few hours after the surgery and can resume their daily activities mostly a day's time. There is minimal blood loss due to the tiny incisions, and the patient gets excellent cosmetic results due to the small incisions. Due to minimal scarring, minimal pain, greater precision and safety, robotic surgery for hernia will soon be one of the most preferred surgical options.

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