What is hernia, and how is incisional hernia different?

Hernia is protruding of abdominal contents through the weakness in muscle wall of abdomen that usually holds abdominal organs. Hernia can be painless or may associate with pain or discomfort. Pain or discomfort may signal serious problem. The hernia bulge may disappear during rest or pushed back with hand and can bulge out more during stressful activity

Incisional hernia is type of hernia occurring through or around the previous surgery incision. These types of hernias are a complication of previous surgery and are more common in elderly, overweight people or are involved in strenuous activity immediately post surgery. Incisional hernias are of great concern as compare to primary hernias due their more association with complications.

Can Hernia be Treated without Surgery?

Hernia can be cured only with surgery. The good news is that with advancement in technology, most hernias can now be treated by keyhole surgery using laparoscopy/robotic system. Even incisional and complex hernias can be treated by minimally invasive robotic surgery. It leads to fast recovery, very less pain, early return to work and minimal blood loss. The patient is admitted for 1-2 days only.

What is a keyhole surgery ?

Keyhole surgery or laparoscopy surgery is a type of surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to access inside the abdomen without having to make large incision in the skin.

The advantages of this technique over traditional open surgery include :

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less pain
  • Reduced scarring

What is a minimally invasive robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is currently carried out with the use of the da Vinci™ surgical system, a unique set of technologies that include specialized “arms” for holding instruments and a camera, as well as a magnified screen and a console.

Minimally invasive mean smaller incisions. These types of surgeries mean shorter hospitalization and faster recovery for patients. Other benefits may be:

  • Less blood
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Faster return to your life

Source- www.uclahealth.org