March 7, 2016

Loyola Medicine launches comprehensive hernia program

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.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.

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