Battle of the Hernia Bulge at Jeffersons Hernia Center
A team of surgeons from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is doing battle against hernias at an innovative facility in the Philadelphia area the Hernia Center.
Based at Jeffersons Ford Road campus at 3905 Ford Road, the Hernia Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the only center in the area totally dedicated to the diagnosis, management and repair of hernias for men and women. A hernia a bulge one can usually see or feel is created when an organ or tissue pushes through a weakened muscle in the body. It can create a dull aching sensation or intense pain.
More than five million Americans have hernias and many fear surgery so needed treatment is delayed, said Paul G. Curcillo II, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College (JMC), and Co-Director of the Hernia Center along with Stanton Miller, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, JMC.
Fear of treatment can delay management or repair of the hernia, and turn the condition into a much more serious situation, Dr. Curcillo said.
The Hernia Center at Jefferson Hospital provides a modern and convenient facility to serve the increasing number of patients undergoing hernia surgery on an inpatient or outpatient basis, Dr. Curcillo said.
Here we have a team of physicians focusing on the management of hernias, he said. This facility is a center of excellence for hernia treatment.
Working with Drs. Curcillo and Miller at the Hernia Center at Jefferson Hospital are: Burt Cagir, MD, Instructor in Surgery, JMC, and Robert G. McCairns Jr., MD, Instructor in Surgery, JMC.
These surgeons are well acquainted with the management and repair of hernias, so that the treatment chosen for a particular patient is individually suited to his or her needs, Dr. Curcillo said. Hernias are a simple thing to fix, he said.
The latest innovative surgical treatment for hernia resulting in faster recovery time is referred to as the plug and the patch, Dr. Curcillo said. The technique involves the placement of a piece of mesh shaped like a badminton shuttlecock into the defect to reinforce the abdominal wall. In the weeks following surgery, tissue will grow around and through the mesh to form a stronger and more permanent repair.
There are essentially two types of hernias:
Patients at the Hernia Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will be accommodated in five full-service operating rooms, a fully staffed and equipped short procedure unit, an overnight recovery center for inpatients, and easy on-site parking. The center is also conveniently located just off the City Line exit of I-76 and is easily accessible from New Jersey and the western suburbs.
Dr. Curcillo said he believes that the centers convenience will go a long way to alleviating the fears of patients with hernias who are afraid of seeking treatment.
Patients and surgeons also benefit from the personalized approach of the Centers staff and the medical backup of Jeffersons full medical center.