What is Robotic Surgery?
Robotic surgery is performed through small incisions rather than one large open incision and is done with a surgical robot.
The robot is controlled at the surgical console by the surgeon. The surgical robot allows for better visualization with a three-dimensional perspective which helps the surgeon perform a more precise dissection.
Robotic surgery offers quick recovery and usually causes less post-operative pain. For example, after a large complex abdominal hernia repair (abdominal wall reconstruction) done by the open approach, most patients take a month or two to recover before they feel like they can get back to day-to-day activities.
After a large complex hernia repair performed through the robotic approach, most patients feel like they can return to day-to-day activities in less than 2 weeks. Not all patients are candidates for robotic surgery. However, each patient is evaluated individually and is offered the best surgical option.
Dr. Fernandez is a pioneer in robotic surgery. On April 8, 2013, Dr. Fernandez performed his 100th robotic cholecystectomy. He was the first surgeon in Alabama to reach this milestone.
Dr. Fernandez currently performs advanced laparoscopic techniques such as robotic appendectomies, cholecystectomies, hernia repairs, and abdominal wall reconstructions (complex abdominal hernia repairs).
Dr. Fernandez is the only general surgeon in Alabama performing abdominal wall reconstruction robotically.
Our Patient Says
I am stunned by how well things have gone since my surgical procedure. I only had to take pain medicine for four days and only spent two nights in the hospital. It was a great experience overall.