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Broncos Parkway Plaza
15530 East Broncos Parkway
 Suite 180
Centennial, CO 80112

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Craig Hornbarger MD FACS        
Advanced Laparoscopic, Robotic, Trauma and General Surgery ~ Board Certified


  1. What is a hernia?
  2. What is laparoscopy?
  3. What does a gallbladder do, and can I live without one?
  4. Is there much pain with laparoscopic surgery?
  5. Will having my hernia repaired interfere with my sex life?
  6. Can my hiatal hernia be surgically corrected?
  7. Will I recover quicker from a laparoscopic surgery than an open surgery?
  8. What is appendicitis? Is it possible to have my appendix removed laparoscopically?
  9. What is robotic surgery?
  10. What kinds of procedures can be performed robotically?


Question: What is a hernia?

Answer: A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall. Frequently it contains intestines or fatty tissue. A good analogy is a bulge on the sidewall of a tire - where the metal threading inside the tire gets weak and the rubber bulges out - the bulge is a hernia.


Question: What is laparoscopy?

Answer: Laparoscopy is minimally invasive surgery - where a tiny "telescope" is used to look inside the patient's abdominal cavity to detect and repair whatever the problem is. Carbon dioxide gas is infused into the abdomen to provide space for the surgeon to look around.


Question: What does a gallbladder do, and can I live without one?

Answer: The gallbladder is a storage organ for bile. Bile is a digestive juice which the liver produces to help dissolve fatty foods. The gallbladder can become diseased and form gallstones which many times cause infection and pain. In these circumstances, the treatment is to remove the gallbladder. People can live normal lives after having gallbladder surgery.


Question: Is there much pain with laparoscopic surgery?

Answer: Laparoscopic surgery offers not only a good cosmetic result and quicker healing time, but minimal pain and discomfort from otherwise major surgeries. Sometimes the gas used to insufflate the abdominal cavity can cause a sharp pain felt in the shoulder region after surgery. The usually lasts 1-2 days if it occurs at all.


Question: Will having my hernia repaired interfere with my sex life?

Answer: No. In fact, fixing the hernia will enable you to enjoy a more normal relationship.


Question: Can my hiatal hernia be surgically corrected?

Answer: Yes. A minimally invasive approach can usually be performed through five 1/4 inch incisions to repair the hiatal hernia and help prevent gastric reflux. However, many patients can be adequately treated with medications and do not need this surgery. You should check with your doctor to see if you should have a consultation with a surgeon.


Question: Will I recover quicker with a laparoscopic surgery than an open surgery? 

Answer: Yes. This type of surgery allows you to have less pain and quicker healing because of the smaller incisions.


Question: What is Appendicitis? Is it possible to have my appendix removed laparoscopically?

Answer: The appendix is a tiny worm shaped organ located adjacent to the beginning of the colon in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen. When it becomes inflamed, it must be removed before it ruptures or a life-threatening infection called peritonitis can occur. Fortunately, appendicitis is usually diagnosed quickly and a laparoscopic appendectomy can be performed through three small incisions, allowing for a rapid recovery.


Question: What is robotic surgery?

Answer: Robotic surgery is one of the newest advancements in the field of surgery. Very similar to laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure using the same type of instruments. The only difference is that the instruments are attached to a robot positioned over the patient, and the surgeon sits at a console "driving" the robot's every move. The robot system is a great tool for the surgeon, as the controls allow for a much closer imitation of the surgeons hand movements than traditional laparoscopy. While current laparoscopic procedural movements are limited to more "up-and-down" and "side-to-side" movements, the robot's movements are driven by the movements of the surgeons hands at the console. Now, the surgeon has a much greater flexibility and can rotate his wrists, and use small finger movements as well as the traditional movements. Plus, the surgeon at the console has a 3-D view of the surgical field, instead of  the 2-D version afforded by traditional laparoscopy. This means better identification of organs and problem areas, and, in many cases, a quicker procedure; resulting in less anesthesia time.


Question: What kinds of procedures can be performed robotically?

Answer: Right now, there are many applications for the robot in surgery. Urology is using the robot for prostatectomy, (removal of the prostate), Gynecology is utilizing the robot for hysterectomy, (removal of the uterus) salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) and other surgeries, and General Surgery is using the robot for gallbladder removal, appendix removal, hemicolectomy (removal of part of the colon), procedures for GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) and many different types of hernia repairs including the most complex procedures such as hiatal hernia, and giant paraesophageal hernia. The applications of the robot are growing in number very quickly!