Hernia Repair

Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery located in Peoria, AZ

As world leaders in robotic hernia repair surgery, the expert surgical team at the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery offers the latest advancements in surgery at their office in Peoria, Arizona. The team is fully trained in the use of the da Vinci® minimally invasive robotic surgery system to treat all types of hernias without the need for open surgery. You can enjoy a faster recovery without risks for scarring, infection, or excessive bleeding. Learn how robotic surgery can treat your hernia by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.

Hernia Repair Q & A

What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when part of an organ or tissue bulges through a weakened wall of muscle. There are several types of hernia, known by the location where the bulging occurs.

While many hernias occur in the abdominal wall, you can also develop hernias in your:

  • Groin (inguinal)
  • Diaphragm (hiatal)
  • Belly button (umbilical)

It’s also possible to develop a hernia through existing scar tissue, known as an incisional hernia.

What are the risk factors for a hernia?

Hernias are common in people of all ages, affecting men, women, and even children. In many cases, a hernia results because of strenuous activity, like heavy lifting, that forces tissue through weak spots in a muscle.

Other risk factors for hernias include:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Persistent cough
  • Chronic constipation

You may also be at increased risk for recurrent hernias if you were born with weak abdominal muscles.

What are the symptoms of a hernia?

The most obvious symptom of a hernia is the noticeable bulge in your muscle wall. For some, a hernia may develop without causing symptoms. However, in many cases, you can experience a worsening of symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Swelling

If you have a hiatal hernia, you may also experience persistent acid reflux and heartburn when the hernia pushes stomach acid back up into your esophagus.

If left untreated, a hernia can become very painful or develop into a medical emergency. This can happen in the case of an inguinal hernia when your stomach becomes obstructed by the hernia.

Do I need surgery for a hernia?

A hernia can’t heal on its own, and your doctor at the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery may recommend surgery to repair a hernia when symptoms begin to worsen or if you’re at risk for a life-threatening health condition.

Dr. Prebil and Dr. Ballecer are world leaders in hernia repair using the advanced da Vinci robotic surgical system. They can perform hernia repairs using only small incisions to reduce your risk for surgical complications. Robotic surgery allows your surgeon to perform surgical maneuvers using a computer-assisted console and specialized tools.

The da Vinci system also uses a tiny camera that goes into the incision to provide your surgeon with real-time 3D images of the surgical area. The camera sends images to an external monitor that your CMIRS surgeon watches throughout the procedure.


Learn more about the benefits of robotic surgery for hernia repair by calling the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery or scheduling a consultation online today.