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da Vinci® Hernia Surgery - A Minimally Invasive Surgical Option

Treatment for Hernia

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The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with a 3D HD view inside your body. da Vinci has special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci ventral hernia surgery offers the following potential benefits:

  • Low rate of recurrence1
  • Low rate of pain1
  • Low conversion rate to open surgery1,2
  • Short hospital stay2,3

Potential Risks & Considerations Related to any abdominal hernia surgery, including da Vinci Surgery:

  • Bowel obstruction1
  • Hernia1,2
  • Urinary retention2
  • Recurrence of incisional hernias are more likely4

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  1. Tayar C, Karoui M, Cherqui D, Fagniez PL. Robot-assisted laparoscopic mesh repair of incisional hernias with exclusive intracorporeal suturing: a pilot study. Surg Endosc. 2007 Oct;21(10):1786- 9. Epub 2007 Mar 13.
  2. Allison N, Tieu K, Snyder B, Pigazzi A, Wilson E. Technical feasibility of robot-assisted ventral hernia repair. World J Surg. 2012 Feb;36(2):447-52. doi: 10.1007/s00268-011-1389-8.
  3. Gonzalez A, Rabaza J, Seetharamaiah R, Donkor C, Romero R, Kosanovic R, Perez-Loreto F, Arad J. Laparoscopic vs Robotic Ventral Hernia Repair: A Single Group Experience.Department of Surgery, Baptist Health South Florida, Miami FL.
  4. National Institutes of Health. Hernia. December 2013. 4. 1. National Institutes of Health. Hernia. December 2013. http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.

Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.

Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.

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If you have questions about the da Vinci® Surgical System or about surgical procedures conducted with the da Vinci Surgical System, consult a surgeon that has experience with the da Vinci Surgical System. A list of surgeons that have experience with the da Vinci Surgical System can be found in the Surgeon Locator.

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