Minimally invasive robotic surgery in Bradenton, Florida

The new innovations that are associated with robotic surgery have taken the capabilities of surgery far beyond the limits of the human hand. Now, with the help of robot-assisted technology, surgeons have even more precise, versatile movements of surgical instruments combined with 3-D visualization of the surgical site. Blake Medical Center is equipped with the latest in robotic technology, offering patients in Bradenton access to the advanced care they deserve close to home.

To learn more about robotic surgery at Blake Medical Center, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 359-3552.

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is one type of minimally invasive surgery that offers patients a less invasive option to traditional surgery. The surgeon sits at a digital console where they can see the inside of your body in detail—3D, high-definition vision with 10 times magnification, a high-resolution image and a panoramic view of the surgical field. The surgeon maintains 100 percent control of the surgery, using tiny instruments that move exactly as their actions dictate.

There are many benefits associated with robotic surgery, compared to traditional, open surgery, including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Minimal scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer surgical and postoperative complications
  • Reduced need for pain management
  • Faster recovery time

Surgeries offered using robot-assisted technology

Our surgeons have access to some of the most advanced technologies available for performing robotic surgery. They can perform robotic procedures in the following specialty areas:

Robot-assisted hernia repair

The surgeons use robotic-assisted technology to delivery minimally invasive solutions for patients with hernias. Surgery is the only way to restore proper function for patients with hernias, although symptoms can often be managed for a time through lifestyle changes.

The goal of hernia surgery is to place all the tissues that have expanded back to their original location and repair the weakened area in the abdominal wall. The surgeons at our hospital are well versed in all types of hernia repairs, including traditional, open surgery, laparoscopic surgery and robot-assisted surgery. Robot-assisted hernia surgery is considered to be single-site, meaning only one incision, through the belly button, is used.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is a weak spot in the wall of the abdomen. The weak spot allows organs, intestines or other internal tissues to come through this area, creating an external bulge in the abdomen. Hernias can differ, with some developing over the course of several years and others developing overnight. Hernias can be painful, especially when coughing or physical strain is put on the abdomen.

Sometimes, a hernia can affect the blood supply to the tissues that expanded into the weak spot. This can be an indication for emergency surgery.

Types of hernias

We can effectively treat all types of hernias, including:

  1. Epigastric hernia—This type of hernia occurs midway between the belly button and the chest.
  2. Umbilical hernia—This type of hernia occurs through the belly button.
  3. Incisional hernia—This type of hernia occurs in newer scar tissue from a previous abdominal surgery.
  4. Spigelian hernia—This type of hernia occurs between the muscles of the abdominal wall and may not show a bulge.
  5. Inguinal hernia—This type of hernia is the most common and occurs in the groin.
  6. Femoral hernia—This type of hernia occurs in the low groin and is more common in women.