Hernia Repair Has Never Been Simpler, Thanks to Laparoscopic and Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Hernia Repair, Dr. Gabriel Akopian, Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery

Hernias are common injuries. They occur when the internal muscles of your abdominal wall have weakened, leaving a gap or space for an internal organ to protrude. There are several different types of hernias, including inguinal, or groin hernias, and umbilical ( belly button) hernias. Groin area hernias are the most common.

Unfortunately, surgery is usually the only way to repair hernias. They don’t heal by themselves, and if left untreated, they can grow larger and become excruciatingly painful, and develop into serious health complications. The good news is that new minimally invasive procedures like Laparoscopic and Robotic-Assisted surgeries are now options in addition to traditional open surgery.

In most cases, you’ll be able to notice a lump or bump in your abdomen or groin to tip you off that you may have a hernia. Other symptoms include:

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Minimally invasive means that no large cuts are made to open your body for the surgeon to repair the hernia. Instead, three small incisions are made in the lower part of the abdomen. A small, thin instrument, called a laparoscope, is inserted into one small incision.

The laparoscope is a tiny camera that enables the surgeon to see the damage on a monitor. This image guides the surgeon to repair the muscle wall. The protruding organ is pushed back, and a mesh sack is placed over the gap to close it. The small incisions are stitched up.

What is robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery is also a minimally invasive surgical procedure, similar to laparoscopic surgery in that it requires only small incisions and a tiny camera is used. The difference between the two is with laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon is performing the procedure. In robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon directs a robot to perform the procedure from a console in the operating room.

One of the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery is that the robot provides a three-dimensional image of the abdomen, as opposed to the two-dimensional view the laparoscope provides. One of the downsides of robotic surgery versus laparoscopy is that it takes longer to perform the procedure.

Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery vs. traditional open surgery

Both minimally invasive surgeries, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted, offer several benefits to the hernia patient over traditional open surgery. Some of these benefits include:

It’s important to choose a surgeon like Dr. Gabriel Akopian, who has experience performing these minimally invasive procedures. In some cases, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery may not be an option. If you’ve had abdominal surgery or are obese, open surgery may be the right treatment choice for you. After an evaluation, Dr. Akopian will recommend the best procedure for your condition.


For more information on hernia diagnosis and repair, call the office of Dr. Akopian located in Pasadena, California, or make an appointment online.

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