There is currently some anxiety when the word mesh is used. Mesh has been used for ventral hernia repair for several decades now. It is absolutely the standard of care to prevent recurrence. With a mesh repair the recurrence rate is usually around 1-5%. Traditional non mesh repairs are mostly of historical interest only and they carried a roughly 50% recurrence rate. Using the robotic approach, mesh is covered with the body's own tissue to prevent any mesh issues
Hernias can be repaired via an open approach, or in a minimally invasive approach with the daVinci robotic platform.
Diagnosis of an inguinal hernia is usually through medical history and physical examination.
Abdominal ultrasound or CT scan can be helpful for hernias that cannot be felt on physical exam.
Pain or discomfort to abdominal area
Bulge in the abdominal wall
Bulge may enlarge in size or pain may increase when lifting, sneezing, coughing, straining
Fullness or pressure in the abdominal wall