We understand that living with a hernia can stop you from enjoying the things you love. That's why our hernia specialists and care teams take the time to listen to you and understand the cause and type of hernia you are experiencing. We work with you to make a customized care plan that’s right for you.
Hernias are a much more common problem then most of us realize. In fact, more than 1 million hernia repairs are performed annually in the United States. The lifetime risk of a male getting a hernia in his groin is 25 percent, and the risk of getting a hernia in an area of a previous abdominal surgery incision can be as high as 30 percent.
Most surgeons are well-equipped to treat straightforward problems. However, there is a group of patients who benefit from the specialized care and expertise of dedicated abdominal wall surgeons. These patients may have hernias that have come back after previous hernia surgery, or are so large that special techniques are needed to fix them. Some patients may have other problems, such as obesity, heart or lung disease, ostomies, mesh infections, or other complex situations that go beyond what their local resources can provide.
The Ascension Via Christi Hernia Center treats patients with both simple and highly complex diseases. We treat patients through a tailored and team-oriented approach. We employ unique and advanced repair techniques that set us apart among our peers in the state of Kansas. Also, our patients have access to dedicated specialists and resources that only a tertiary care center can offer.
We have been accredited as a Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation.
Lead surgeon Ragnar Peterson, MD has been designated as a Surgeon of Excellence for Hernia Surgery.
Living Free of Hernia Limitations
If you are considering a surgery to repair your hernia, you may have questions:
- How long will you be out of work?
- How long will you be in the hospital?
- Who will be taking care of you?
- How will your pain be controlled?
These concerns are completely normal. Download our 26-page patient guide for answers to some of these questions and to prepare for the important events ahead both before and after your surgery. See our Hernia Patient Guide below for more information.