Hernias occur when an
organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot within the layers of
the belly wall. This is typically caused by pressure along with wear and
tear from activities like lifting and straining. The most common types
of hernias are incisional (resulting from an incision), umbilical (belly
button), and hiatal (upper belly).
During hernia repair surgery, an incision (cut) is made near the site of the hernia. The hernia is often repaired with mesh by stitching, stapling or clipping it to the muscle around the hernia site. The hernia site can also be sewn directly together.
Hernia repair can be done using open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
With open surgery, an incision is made in your abdomen which must be large
enough for your surgeon’s hands and instruments to fit inside your body to reach your organs
Minimally Invasive Surgery:
Minimally invasive surgery is also known as laparoscopy. It is done through a few small incisions using long, thin instruments and a tiny camera. The camera sends
images to a video screen in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery.
da Vinci Surgery
da Vinci Surgery is another minimally invasive option for adult patients facing abdominal hernia surgery. Your surgeon sits next to you at a state-ofthe-
art console and operates through a few tiny incisions with:
• A 3D high-definition view inside your body for a
crystal clear & magnified look at your hernia.
• Tiny instruments that bend & rotate far greater
than the human hand. Your surgeon can reach
tissues from many angles to repair the hernia
• Enhanced control of instruments that greatly
reduce hand tremors.
The surgeon is 100% in control of the system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your
body. You are surrounded by a medical team that monitors you during the entire operation.