Published 1:34 pm, Monday, August 7, 2017
STAMFORD — Stamford Health is opening a new hernia-focused program.
The designated Hernia Center, a program led by a team of abdominal wall surgeons who treat simple and complex hernias, opened late last month.
A hernia occurs when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in the surrounding muscle and connective tissue (fascia) of the abdominal wall, according to a statement released by Stamford Health.
“Hernias will slowly enlarge over time and do not heal by themselves,” Stamford Health Medical Group surgeon and director of the new Hernia Center Dr. William Symons said in a statement. “Our collaborative team specializes in hernia surgery – understanding that just like every patient, every hernia is different – and tailors treatment to be specific for that individual.”
Hernia repairs are one of the most common general surgery procedures, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Causes range from lifting heavy objects to abdominal weight gain, pregnancy or genetics.
Most hernias can be treated with a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure on an outpatient basis, promoting faster recovery times and less pain, according to the Stamford Health statement.
The Stamford Health Hernia Center will also treat hernias made more complex by factors including size and location, risk factors and infection, or are the result of a cancer, prior abdominal surgery, trauma or weak abdominal muscles.
To learn more about hernias and the approaches taken at the Stamford Health Hernia Center or call 203.276.5959 to schedule an appointment.
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