Robotic Hernia Surgery
Mentor site for robotic-assisted hernia repair
Aurora BayCare is Wisconsin’s first designated mentor site for robotic assisted hernia repair. As a national case observation site, we host surgeons from all over the country who come to learn our techniques and develop their robotic surgery capabilities.
The mentor program is led by Dr. Cynthia Geocaris, she has completed more than 700 robotic surgery cases and is one of the top ranked surgeons in the country for robotic-assisted hernia repairs. Annually, less than two percent of all active surgeons in the U.S. qualify to lead case observation sites.
A hernia occurs when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through an area of muscle, usually in the abdomen. Common causes include weak muscles, straining to lift heavy objects, or severe coughs.
Aurora BayCare offers robotic-assisted hernia repair using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This gives the surgeon more control, better visibility, and high levels of precision.
Robotic surgery may be the appropriate choice for several types of hernias:
- An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin’s abdominal wall. During surgery, bulging tissue is pushed back in and the abdominal wall is strengthened with sutures. Sometimes mesh is placed over the hernia site for additional support.
- An incisional hernia occurs along an incision from a prior surgery. This type of hernia repair typically involves a special surgical mesh to reinforce the incision site.
- A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach pushes upward through the diaphragm. Larger hiatal hernias often trigger chronic acid reflux, chest pain, and nausea. During hiatal surgery repair, the surgeon pulls the stomach back into the abdomen and repairs the defect in the diaphragm. The stomach may be held in place by anchoring it to the esophagus with stiches or stables.
Less Pain and Faster Recovery
Robotic-assisted hernia surgery provides the following benefits:
- Smaller incision sites and less impact on surrounding tissue
- Less bleeding
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stays and quick recovery
- Quicker return to your regular activity
With robotic-assisted surgery, many hernia patients can go home the same day. Learn more about the benefits in our robotic surgery FAQs.
Aurora BayCare is one of only 19 hernia mentor sites in the U.S. The only other robotic surgery mentor site in Wisconsin is Aurora Medical in Grafton, a thoracic robotic surgery observation site.