Get Your Hiatal Hernia Fixed Right the First Time

Imagine being a baseball player who gets to see just one pitch. That’s the situation facing most hernia sufferers who require surgery. This is a get-it-right-the-first-time situation (or else). Now, double down on this scenario for seniors who are suffering from a specific type of hernia. Hiatal hernias are most often found in people in their … Read More

GERD: Help for Heartburn and Other Woes

Ugh…heartburn again? If that’s your mantra after meals or as you fall asleep, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In GERD, the valve between your lower esophagus and stomach weakens. This sometimes lets food and stomach acids to back up into your esophagus. The result is usually a burning sensation behind the breastbone, or … Read More

The Truth About Vaginal Mesh

Sensational news coverage and ads by law firms have spread fear among women about vaginal mesh, a medical device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which occurs when weakened pelvic muscles allow these organs to drop from their normal position. With so much negative information out there, what are the facts about vaginal mesh? … Read More

What Do Rotator Cuff Tears and Hernias Have in Common?

They may seem pretty different, but rotator cuff tears and abdominal hernias have two things in common: They are both caused by soft tissue injuries, and they both occur frequently. Surgeons perform nearly 250,000 rotator cuff repairs and 350,000 hernia repairs each year in the United States, with hernia repairs alone costing $3.2 billion. New … Read More

Do You Need Hernia Surgery?

Have you been told you need hernia surgery? Don’t worry. Most hernia surgeries today are done on an out-patient basis, and are minimally invasive and low-risk. Surgeon Diya Alaedeen, MD, FACS, Director of the Hernia Center at Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute, says hernia surgery is “very common, and risks are very minimal.” With both … Read More