Advanced Hernia Surgery
Mr Steven Karametos offers a range of both traditional (open) and minimally invasive surgical procedures for hernia repair. Mr Karametos tailors the treatment approach for each patient. How a hernia is fixed will depend on:
- The location and type of hernia
- The extent of the weakness/tear
- A patient’s unique needs and health status
Laparoscopic hernia Repair
Several tiny incisions or keyholes are made in the abdomen. Small instruments guided by a camera are used to repair the hernia with mesh, stitches and/or mechanical fixation. These minimally invasive procedures can result in:
Latest Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Techniques
As a specialist laparoscopic hernia surgeon, Mr Karametos at Melbourne Hernia Centre is highly skilled in the following laparoscopic hernia repair techniques:
Robotic Hernia Repair
Robotic surgery is a newer technique for repairing hernias. Like laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery uses a laparoscope, and is performed in the same manner- small incisions, a tiny camera, inflation of the abdomen, and projecting the inside of the abdomen onto television screens. In robotic surgery, however, the surgeon is seated at a console in the operating room, and handles the surgical instruments from the console. While robotic surgery can be used for some smaller hernias, it can also be used to rebuild the abdominal wall. Read more about Robotic Hernia Repair.
Open Hernia Surgery
An incision is made near the hernia or through a previous incision. If there is protruding tissue, it will be pushed back into place, and Mr Karametos will repair the weak spot where the hernia occurred. More complex hernia procedures may involve reconstructing and/or rearranging muscles and connective tissue in the abdomen to repair the hernia. In these cases Mr Karametos may use a patient’s own tissue (called flaps) and surgical mesh to help strengthen the abdominal wall, restore function and prevent another hernia.
Biosynthetic Absorbable Mesh
In recent years, biosynthetic absorbable mesh has become available for some types of hernia surgery. Mr Karametos is one of the leading hernia surgeons in Australia who specialises in using the absorbable mesh. After surgery, It disappears completely leaving behind collagen that strengthens the repair. Its key benefits are as follows. Read more about Absorbable Bio Hernia Mesh.
The traditional mesh is a woven sheet of surgical-grade material – is often used to strengthen or repair weakened areas in the abdomen and reduce the chances the hernia will come back. Using mesh also reduces pain and tension on the surgical wound. It can be placed through both laparoscopic and open procedures. Mr Karametos has extensive experience safely using these materials in thousands of patients. We also follow up with patients to make sure what we do today and long-term is safe, prevents hernias from happening again and preserves quality of life.