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04/13/2017

Robotic Hernia Repairs Can Speed Recovery

Hernias are tears or weaknesses in the abdominal wall, and if left untreated, they can cause increasing pain and intestinal complications. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately five million Americans have hernias. Amit Gogia, M.D., FACS, is the medical director of the hernia program at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, recently designated as a Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery (COEHS) by Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Gogia specializes in robotic minimally invasive repairs of complex hernias, which can mean smaller incisions, less pain, fewer complications, and faster recoveries for patients.

“The ability to perform minimally invasive hernia procedures is another way to ensure patient success. Certain hernias will require a traditional repair, depending on the size and where it occurs in the body; however, a robotic repair may help the patient experience less pain with a few small cuts rather than one big one,” said Dr. Gogia. “In my practice, the majority of hernia patients benefit from the minimally invasive approach. Patients heal better, hurt less, and look better. They can get back to their normal activities, like golf or running, more quickly.”

According to the FDA, anything causing an increase in abdominal pressure can result in a hernia, including obesity, lifting heavy objects, diarrhea, constipation, or persistent coughing or sneezing. Poor nutrition, smoking, and overexertion can weaken muscles and contribute to the likelihood of a hernia as well.

The COEHS program’s objective requirements and evaluation processes were developed in conjunction with leading hernia surgeons. A commitment to patient care and success necessitates that requirements be comprehensive, research-based, and verified through a rigorous site inspection.

“Earning this designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver safe, high-quality health care to hernia surgery patients in our immediate region and beyond,” said Mark Gordon, CEO, Memorial Regional Medical Center.

Memorial Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the mid-Atlantic region and among the first participants in the United States to earn this unique designation. To be considered a center of excellence requires a medical education component for surgeons, a full complement of consultative services, standard operating procedures, and a coordinated care team, all focused on a qualified series of outcomes.

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