LOS ANGELES, CA – According to an article published February 4th on mySA, robotically assisted da Vinci-assisted hernia surgeries are beginning to account for a significant portion of hernia repairs throughout the United States. Commenting on this article, Beverly Hills hernia repair expert Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center notes that this trend has not only been expected, but it seems to be a natural result of innovation in the field of hernia repair. An early adopter of the daVinci system, Dr. Towfigh adds that, because these procedures are the latest in minimally invasive medical technology and reduce patient discomfort, blood loss, and recovery time compared to other surgeries, it is not surprising that they are becoming more commonplace. She also notes that this trend simply represents the natural progression of technological advancements enhancing the field of medicine.
Dr. Towfigh explains that, because the da Vinci system allows the surgeon an unparalleled level of control over instruments, the procedure can be completed with far fewer movements at the incision site, resulting in significantly less impact the body needs to recover from. She explains some aspects of how the recovery process works in the aftermath of an advanced hernia repair surgery:
• Short term recovery – On the whole, Dr. Towfigh notes, patients will experience minor discomfort around the surgical site which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as naproxen or ibuprofen. During the first 48 hours, she explains, it is necessary to keep the dressing and wound area covered and dry. After that, the dressing should be removed and the area exposed to air. At this time, it is generally acceptable to shower and resume everyday activities such as driving, as long as the patient is not under the influence of sedating pain medication. Of course, this information in no way should replace a doctor’s personalized advice.
• Long term recovery – Contrary to what many assume, mild to moderate activity, such as walking and grocery shopping, is encouraged following hernia repair. After two weeks, patients can generally resume more physically intense activity and sports. However, if a patient’s work or exercise routines involve heavy lifting, a doctor should be consulted.
Dr. Towfigh is an expert when it comes to all hernia repair options, including their respective benefits and risks. For more information about the work she performs at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, or to schedule a consultation, interested readers may call the center at (310) 358-5020, or visit the practice online at http://www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com.