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NYU Hospital Provides Robot-Assisted Surgery For Complex Hernias


Hernias can unfold quite quickly when an area of the bladder, fatty tissue within the colon, region within the intestines, or stomach bulges through a weakness or opening within the wall of the abdomen. They can be very painful, especially when they are strangulated, a category of the condition that required immediate surgery.

In fact, News medical revealed that surgeries can decrease the protrusion hernias cause, sometimes pushing them back into place. While these are very common procedures, there are many hernia patients who are apprehensive about surgeries. At times, they rely on short-term solutions like trusses, which help only temporarily.

NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn offers a laparoscopic and robot-assisted procedure, which offers permanent and effective relief for hernia patients, where they can return to their regular and daily activities within a minimal amount of time.

Dr. Sharique Nazir, NYU Langone’s robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgeon states that even the strongest layer of tissue that holds the body together, referred to as fascia, can at times, weakened due to a variety of pressures from things like a previous surgery, physical injury, weight gain, poor diet, pregnancy, constipation, or even excessive coughing.

Inguinal (groin), femoral (located in the femoral artery canal within the upper thigh), umbilical (the navel), hiatal (the diaphragm), and incisional (prior site of past surgery), are all the most common types of hernias, and because this condition occurs in small spaces, repairing the weakness or hole needs to be executed very delicately to prevent any harm to the surrounding tissues and nerves in these areas.

While overweight adults, and those that carry heavy loads regularly, are highest at risk for hernias, anyone is susceptible to the condition; even some infants are born into this world with a hernia. There are also significant genetic predispositions linked to illness.

Interestingly enough, some small hernias don’t necessarily require surgery, simple monitoring can suffice. Additionally, there are hiatal hernia cases that are managed with medication and diet; however, if the condition persists, surgery might be needed.

NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn’s chief of surgery, Prashant Sinha, states that a full-service hernia facility can make all the difference when it comes to a person’s long-term outcome and experience with the condition. In addition to the innovation of a robot-assisted procedure dedicated to complex hernias, NYU Langone provides patients with a high-level of support around pre- and post-surgery conditions, including programs around diabetes care, help around quitting smoking, physical therapy, and weight loss.