Repairing Hernias With Faster Recovery

A hernia is the bulging of an organ through a tear in the tissue or muscle that is supposed to hold it in place. Most hernias occur in the abdomen, however, they can also be found in the groin and the diaphragm.

While some hernias may involve monitoring over time, surgery is nearly always recommended to avoid further complications. For example, strangulation can occur if the organ makes its way too far through the opening in the muscles and its blood supply is cut off.

Common Causes of Hernias
  • Heavy lifting
  • Injury or obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Diabetes or other diseases

Types Of Hernias

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia does not involve the abdomen. Instead, part of the stomach bulges through the diaphragm and into the esophagus. The result can be acid reflux, chest pain and heartburn.

Ventral Hernia

Any time organs or intestines protrude through the abdominal wall, it is known as a ventral hernia. Incisional and umbillical hernias are types of ventral hernias. A lump is usually visible in the area of the hernia.

Inguinal Hernia

When intestines push through a weakness in the lower belly and into the groin, this is known as an inguinal hernia. A lump can usually be seen where the groin and thigh come together.

Robotic-Assisted Hernia Surgery Performed By T. Ellis Barnes, MD

Hernia repair surgery fixes the opening or place of weakness in your muscle that are causing your hernia. If you and your doctor decide that robotic-assisted surgery is right for you, here is what happens during surgery:

  • Using the da Vinci surgical system, Dr. Barnes makes a few small incisions, and uses a 3DHD camera for a crystal-clear, magnified view of your hernia.
  • Dr. Barnes sits at a console next to you and operates through the incisions using tiny instruments and the camera.
  • The da Vinci system translates every hand movement Dr. Barnes makes in real-time, bending and rotating the instruments so he can repair your hernia.

Typically, robotic-assisted hernia surgery results in a faster recovery with less pain than open or laparoscopic surgery.


Making a Difference For Patients In The Savannah Area

Thousands of people every day have a robotic-assisted procedure using the da Vinci surgical system. Dr. T. Ellis Barnes is a leader in the field of robotic surgery and uses his experience and skills to deliver minimally invasive procedures so patients can recover faster. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnes in Savannah, Richmond Hill or Vidalia, just complete the form below.

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