Robotic Hernia Surgery: Quick Guide

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


Robotic Hernia Surgery: Quick Guide

Robotic hernia surgery is an advanced surgical technique that has gained popularity over the last few years. Some of the key advantages of this surgical method over traditional hernia surgery include smaller incisions, less pain, and quicker recovery time. In this article, we’re going to explore this procedure option in more detail.

What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs where an organ or tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. The most common types of hernias are inguinal, femoral, umbilical, and hiatal hernias. Hernias may be caused by factors such as obesity, pregnancy, heavy lifting, or a previous surgical incision.

How is robotic hernia surgery performed?

Robotic hernia surgery is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen and inserts a camera and robotic arms through them. Using a 3D console, he’ll then employ the robotic arms to repair the hernia by placing a mesh patch over the weakened area of the abdominal wall. Once the hernia is repaired, incisions are closed with sutures or surgical glue.

What are the benefits of robotic hernia surgery?

Smaller incisions – requires smaller incisions than traditional surgery, which reduces scarring and the risk of infection.

  • Less pain – associated with less pain than traditional surgery, which means that patients require less pain medication and may recover faster.
  • Quicker recovery – allows for a quicker recovery time than traditional surgery, which means that patients may return to their normal activities sooner.
  • More precise – allow for more precise movements and better visualization of the surgical site, which may improve the accuracy of the procedure.
  • Lower risk of complications – associated with a lower risk of complications, such as infection and bleeding, than traditional surgery.

Who is a candidate for robotic hernia surgery?

Not all hernias may be repaired with robotic surgery, and not all patients are suitable candidates for this procedure. During your initial consultation visit in Phoenix, Dr. LaBarbera will evaluate your medical history, physical examination, and imaging studies to determine if robotic hernia surgery is appropriate. Factors that may affect candidacy include the size and location of the hernia, your overall health, and any previous surgeries or medical conditions.

What is the recovery time for robotic hernia surgery?

The recovery time for robotic hernia surgery is usually shorter compared to traditional hernia surgery. Most patients are able to resume work and normal activities within one to two weeks depending on the size and location of the hernia and their overall health. Dr. LaBarbera will detailed instructions on post-operative care so you know what to do and avoid in order to ensure a timely and smooth recovery.

What are the risks of robotic hernia surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, robotic hernia surgery carries some risks such as infection, bleeding, and damage to surrounding tissues. However, the possibility of complications is generally lower with robotic surgery compared to traditional surgery. Dr. LaBarbera will be keen to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure before surgery to ensure that you full understand the potential outcomes.


Robotic hernia surgery is a modern and effective technique for treating hernias. It offers many advantages over traditional open surgery such as reduced pain and scarring, faster recovery times, and fewer complications. If you are a Scottsdale resident who needs hernia surgery, then you should consider robotic surgery.