Texas Health Flower Mound Brings Innovative Surgical Care Directly to the Community
Patient Shares Her Positive Experience
Texas Health Flower Mound has been providing quality medical care closer to home since opening in 2010. Equipped with two dedicated da Vinci® Surgical Systems and with an ever-expanding group of surgeons who perform robotic-assisted surgery, the hospital demonstrates its ongoing commitment to bringing innovations in surgical care directly to the community.
“We’ve invested in the equipment and resources to support robotic-assisted surgery—something you don’t typically find at a community-based hospital,” says Marty Simon, Director of Surgical Services, Texas Health Flower Mound.
Roxina’s Experience with Robotic-Assisted Hernia Surgery
Roxina didn’t know she had a hernia until it was revealed during a trip to the ER. When she first learned that hernia surgery was required, her thoughts went to her brother.
“He had open hernia surgery and it seemed to take a long time for him to recover from it,” Roxina says.Roxina was pleased when she learned that her consulting surgeon at Texas Health Flower Mound performs hernia surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, and that based on her medical history and condition, he recommended robotic-assisted surgery.
“The surgeon answered my questions, talked with me at length about the procedure itself, and what to expect during recovery. I felt completely comfortable with him and with having robotic-assisted surgery,” Roxina says.
Roxina’s surgery was scheduled in the morning and she returned home at 2 pm the same day. “The next day I barely felt like I had even had surgery, and I could no longer feel the pain I endured due to the hernia itself. It was surprising!”
Roxina says she was fortunate to have chosen Texas Health Flower Mound’s ER. “Because of this decision, I was introduced to a fantastic surgeon who performs robotic hernia surgery at the hospital. My surgeon, the hospital, and the staff were wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience,” Roxina shares.
Redefining Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery
Until robotic-assisted hernia surgery became available, many surgeons experienced in laparoscopic surgery chose to perform hernia repairs via open surgery due to range of motion and visibility issues. Dr. Ralph Parker and Dr. Chad Treece perform robotic-assisted hernia surgery at Texas Health Flower Mound as well as open hernia surgery. They agree that for some types of hernias, using the da Vinci® Surgical System can be ideal.
“The da Vinci® Surgical System gives me far greater visibility and improved range of motion when
performing hernia surgery than traditional minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques,” says Dr. Treece. “It truly makes certain hernia repairs possible using minimally invasive surgery.” Dr. Ralph Parker adds, “Using the da Vinci® system I can complete an inguinal hernia repair in about 45 minutes. Ventral hernias can take a bit longer, but the patient benefits are just as impressive.”
According to Drs. Parker and Treece, most patients who undergo robotic-assisted hernia surgery don’t require an overnight hospital stay. They also note that not everyone is a good candidate for robotic-assisted hernia surgery, and that they currently use the da Vinci® system for inguinal and ventral hernia repair. (An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. A ventral hernia is a bulge of tissues through an opening of weakness within your abdominal wall muscles.)
Groundbreaking da Vinci® Surgical System Benefits Patients and Surgeons Alike
Using the da Vinci® system, surgeons can overcome many of the potential obstacles associated with traditional open and laparoscopic techniques. With a high-resolution 3D imaging system and by translating the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body, the da Vinci® system enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control. Patients’ benefits may include less scarring and tissue trauma, a shorter hospital stay, reduced post-operative pain, and lower risk of both infection and blood loss.
With 101 patient beds, a robotic program that includes a full range of general surgical procedures, and more than 25 highly qualified and trained robotic surgeons, consider Texas Health Flower Mound for your surgical needs. Visit TexasHealthFlowerMound.com for a list of surgeons and da Vinci® procedures performed at Texas Health Flower Mound. Call (469) 322-7003 for more information. Visit TexasHealthFlowerMound.com to request an appointment online.
4400 Long Prairie Road
Flower Mound, Texas 75028
By Annette Brooks
Cover by Photography by Guy T
Not all individuals with hernias are candidates for the da Vinci® Surgical System. Not all patients who undergo robotic-assisted hernia repair have the same experience as the above patient.
Texas Health Flower Mound is a joint venture owned by Texas Health Resources and physicians dedicated to the community and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.