Everything You Need to Know about Robotic Hernia Surgery

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Why Robotic Hernia Surgery?

Robotic hernia surgery is a common, non-urgent surgery that can change your life for the better. People tend to put off the thought of surgery for as long as possible. Hernia surgeries generally don’t occur until well after a patient has experienced intense pain from a hernia for some time. Even then, people try to put off surgery for as long as possible.
Typical surgeries require preparation and time off from work. People don’t want to burden themselves by missing work and time with family just so they can recover from a non-urgent surgical procedure. The good news is robotic surgery can help bypass a lot of pain and frustration through innovative uses of modern technology.
Robotic technology allows more range for the surgeon to repair the hernia with minimal side effects for the patient. At NOVA Bariatrics, our robotic technology provides a less invasive surgical process that lessens pain and speeds up recovery time. Robotic hernia surgery is the process of sewing the fascia from the inside without the need to make a large cut or sticking tacks through the muscle. This leads to less pain and complications and potentially less narcotics during the recovery period.

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Dr. Alibhai

With Dr. Alibhai’s training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, he performs a wide range of general surgical procedures as well including:

  • Robotic Gallbladder surgery
  • Robotic hernia surgery
  • Acid Reflux surgery

Mustafa H. Alibhai,MD,FACS,FASMBS

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Hernia Causes & Symptoms

Hernia Causes & Symptoms

A hernia is what happens when a fatty tissue squeezes through a fascia or connective tissue. Hernias are caused by an increase in pressure on the fascia or connective tissue. Basically, anything that causes an increase in abdominal pressure can result in a hernia. Common causes include incessant coffee or sneezing, diarrhea or constipation, and heavy lifting. Smoking, poor nutrition, and obesity can lead to an increase in hernias. At NOVA Bariatrics, we are with you every step of your weight loss journey. The most common types of hernias are: Side Effects/ Risks:
  • Incisional hernia- Incisional hernias account for 15-20 percent of abdominal hernias. This is the most common type of hernia in overweight individuals. Incisional hernias occur when the intestine pushes through the abdominal wall. It tends to form at the site of a healing surgical scar.
  • Inguinal hernia-This is the most common type of groin hernia and often occurs in men due to the natural sensitivity of this area. Here, the bladder can protrude through the abdominal wall and into the inguinal canal.
  • Femoral hernia-This is the most common type of hernia in women. A femoral hernia happens when the intestine enters the canal and carries the femoral artery into the upper thigh. This is more likely to occur in pregnant or obese women.
  • Umbilical hernia-Babies are also susceptible to hernias. Umbilical hernias happen when a part of the small intestine passes through the abdominal wall near the navel. This can also happen in obese women who’ve had a lot of children.
  • Hiatal hernia-This type of hernia occurs when the upper stomach squeezes through the hiatus. Your diaphragm is the thin muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen and helps keep acid from coming up into your esophagus.

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Hernias & Weight Loss Surgery​

Smoking, poor nutrition, and obesity can lead to an increase in hernias. At NOVA Bariatrics, we are with you every step of your weight loss journey. For many, fighting obesity can be a difficult struggle yet a very important one. Morbid Obesity puts an extraordinary amount of stress on your body which can lead to serious conditions including:
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood pressure
  • Pain and Arthritis in joints
  • Reflux Disease
  • Cancer
Over time, obesity will cause a breakdown of your body’s systems. This can lead to a deterioration in your overall health and a decrease in your life expectancy. Bariatric Surgery is a powerful tool that helps reverse and even prevent the effects of morbid obesity.

Types of Hernia Repair

The most common types of hernia repairs are: Inguinal (groin)-This surgery repairs a hernia in the abdominal wall. With robotic-assisted inguinal hernia repair, an incision is made through the belly button. Here the bulging tissue is pushed back in so the abdominal wall can heal and regain its strength. Hiatal (diaphragm)-Hiatal hernia surgery helps make the opening in the diaphragm smaller and moves the stomach back into the abdomen. This procedure may involve removing hernia sacs or reconstructing the esophageal sphincter.

NOVA Bariatrics would love to hear from you!

Dr. Alibhai and the team at NOVA Bariatrics understand their patients’ goals in weight loss and treating obesity. Ther bring forward their experience and expertise to help those patients who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and modifications and exercise alone. Our team at NOVA works with each patient individually to develop the appropriate solution for weight loss and restoration of one’s health.
With Dr. Alibhai’s training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery he performs a wide range of general surgical procedures as well including:
  • Robotic Gallbladder surgery
  • Robotic hernia surgery
  • Acid Reflux surgery

What Our Clients Are Saying

Two years later, I am still delighted with my outcome…
In December 2018, Dr. Alibhai performed a “paraesophageal hernia repair with fundoplication” on me. I had a huge hiatal hernia that allowed my stomach to move upward, putting a z-bend in my esophagus. I also had intermittent reflux issues. My return to normalcy was gradual over about 3 months. Two years later, I am still delighted with my outcome; not only is my swallowing function as good as it always has been, but I’ve had no reflux experience post-surgery. A surprise benefit is that my cardio workouts prove my respiratory function improvement as a result of my stomach no longer crowding my lungs. Dr. Alibhai was the model of a patient, considerate physician; he took great pains to explain my conditions and the repair procedure. He is and outstanding physician, one of the most memorable I have had in my 70 years.
Aaron Peters – December 7, 2019
Two years later, I am still delighted with my outcome…
Multiple other doctors tried to send me home because they couldn’t diagnose the issue. He got me into surgery ASAP and is THE best doctor I have ever had. I’ve never had a doctor who was more caring. I wish I could go to him for everything…you don’t find many doctors with his skill and that actually care about their patients. I couldn’t recommend him enough.
Katherine – November 25, 2019

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