Expert care provided at Loyola University Medical Center and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System (LUHS) now offers hernia patients a multidisciplinary care program featuring minimally invasive surgeries and an integrated medical team to facilitate treatment and recovery.
Board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons work with advanced practice nurses, reconstructive surgeons, gastroenterologists and nutritionists to provide care for different types of hernias, ranging from the more common to the very complex.
“We work with every patient to develop an individualized treatment plan and offer outpatient, open and laparoscopic procedures,” says Bipan Chand, MD, director of minimally invasive surgery. “We treat even the most complex cases, including patients who have had hernia surgeries at other medical centers.”
Approximately five million Americans experience a hernia, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures. Along with the open approach, Loyola offers minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques that result in smaller incisions, less pain and faster recoveries.
“Our goal is to treat the hernia and address its underlying cause so that future procedures won’t be necessary,” says Michael DeHaan, MD, surgeon.
Hernias are caused by increased pressure in the abdomen resulting in an organ pushing through the wall of a muscle or tissue.
Lifting heavy objects, overexertion, obesity, excessive and prolonged coughing or sneezing, diarrhea and constipation can all cause hernias.
The most common hernias are located in the abdomen but also can occur in the belly button, upper thigh and groin areas. Hernias often are not painful or noticeable but, if left untreated, can grow larger, potentially obstructing vital organs, interfering with normal bodily functions and blood circulation.
Types of hernias treated include incisional (caused by an incompletely healed surgical wound), ventral (a bulge through an opening in the muscles of the abdomen), umbilical (intestine protrudes through an opening in the abdominal muscles near the belly button), inguinal (protrusion in the groin), hiatal (part of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm), paraesophageal (the stomach bulges through a chest opening) and sports-related (strain or tear of any soft tissue - muscle, tendon or ligament - in the lower abdomen or groin area).
Care is coordinated with referring physicians including pediatricians, urologists and sports medicine specialists.