Shrinking a surgical robot down is exceptionally difficult, but by doing so the Vicarious trio hopes to help doctors perform abdominal surgeries, starting with hernia operations, faster, safer and with fewer complications than existing alternatives.
There are several different types of hernias that can occur in the abdominal and surrounding areas. These include umbilical hernias, epigastric hernias, incisional hernias, and others.
Each year, in the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of patients undergo various types of abdominal wall hernia surgery. Many of these patients initially present to the emergency department (ED) with complaints referable to their hernia — pain, worry about the appearance of their hernia, or more urgent or emergent concerns related to hernia incarceration or strangulation.
Utilization of laparoscopy for elective abdominal wall hernia repair remains relatively low in the US despite its excellent outcomes. Given the substantial financial burden associated with these hernias, future research focused on preventing the development and optimizing the surgical treatment of ventral abdominal wall hernias is warranted.
My patients often ask what is the difference between an Inguinal and Ventral hernia, and they are confused that the repair in one is usually laparoscopic while the other is in an open fashion.
Abdominal wall reconstruction is a rapidly evolving area of surgical interest. Due to the increase in prevalence and size of ventral hernias and the high recurrence rates, the academic community has become motivated to find the best reconstruction techniques.
There is a lot of confusion about the various abdominal type hernias that can occur.
Abdominal wall hernias are conditions where intraabdominal contents protrude through the normal muscle and fascial layers of the abdominal wall.
Ventral hernias of the abdomen are non-inguinal, non-hiatal defects in the fascia of the abdominal wall. They are commonly seen in clinical practice. The repair of these abdominal wall defects is a common surgery performed by general surgeons. T