Thoughts on robot-assisted laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery, and open vs. lap
I’m scheduled for this type of surgery in a couple weeks and curious if there are any major advantages. I imagine this is more of a question for my particular surgeon more than anything else, or possibly other surgeons that post here. But I’m just curious if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions or experiences. It certainly seems like it will be more expensive (though I think I will reach my max deductibles no matter what). The two surgeons I consulted with that mentioned it said basically they feel like it helps them do their job better, which seems like a good enough reason alone given all the potential complications. I guess it’s essentially just another tool for use in lap surgery.
Related note, I’ve spoken with a few people that had multiple hernia surgeries and have experience with both lap and open methods. Most surprisingly said the open surgeries were easier recoveries. Conventional wisdom suggests the opposite should be true. Anyone else here have experience with both and have anything to add to that? Sounded like with the lap recoveries the issue is bloating and gas etc. that made things so uncomfortable for several days after.
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