Leaders in Simple and Complex Hernia Care

In Wichita, Kansas, Ascension Via Christi Hernia Center is a statewide leader for high-quality, comprehensive hernia and abdominal wall surgery.

Hernia Care Solutions in Kansas

America Hernia Society Quality Collaborative logoAt the Ascension Via Christi Hernia Center, we provide a wide range of care for all types of hernias and abdominal wall problems, including:

  • Groin hernias: including inguinal and femoral. A male’s lifetime risk of this type of hernia is 25 percent.
  • Incisional hernia: between 10-30 percent of patients with abdominal operations get hernias at their incision sites.
  • Recurrent hernias: this is a hernia that has come back after being repaired previously. These repairs can be complex and require unique and novel approaches.
  • Parastomal hernia: 50 percent of patients who have an ostomy will develop a hernia at the site of the stoma.
  • Hiatal hernia: between the diaphragm, esophagus and stomach. This condition occurs when the stomach is displaced into the chest through a hole in the diaphragm.
  • Ventral hernia: when the intestines push through the abdominal wall. Lifetime risk is 10 percent in adults – more common in pregnant women.

Treatments for Nagging Hernia Pain

In Kansas, Dr. Ragnar Peterson is a surgical leader in hernia care. His philosophy helps patients become as healthy as possible before surgery. His care team works with you and your primary care doctor to help you stop smoking, lose weight, control their diabetes, and manage antibiotic drug resistance issues - all factors that affect the surgery and your recovery.

Our care team is sensitive to hernia symptoms that may be affecting your quality of life and will educate you and your family about pre-and post-surgical care. That way, everyone is working together to improve your total health, not just the abdominal wall problem or hernia pain.

Common hernia symptoms include:

  • Painless bulge
  • Tenderness and swelling
  • Lower abdominal pain when lifting, coughing, or laughing

We want to prevent a rarer condition called strangulated hernia, which is a life-threatening, medical emergency. Signs of strangulated hernia (when the blood supply is cut off to the herniated area) include nausea, vomiting, fever, acute gut pain, bloody stool, and darkened skin over the hernia area.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, go to the nearest ER, or call 911.

Specializing in Minimally Invasive Care

At the Hernia Center, we provide a wide range of alternatives to open surgery. Laparoscopic, robotic assisted, minimally invasive procedures can help improve outcomes and recovery.

A Unique Philosophy of Mesh Placement

Surgeons commonly place mesh in the abdominal cavity. This practice can lead to scar tissue formation that can create complications after repair or during subsequent operations. At Ascension Via Christi our philosophy is to sew the hernia closed and reinforce this closure with mesh placed in the layers of the abdominal wall, outside of the abdominal cavity. These innovative techniques help to reduce the complications from mesh placement by keeping the mesh away from the intestines.

Placing mesh in the preperitoneal space or the retrorectus space can be done through traditional open surgery or newer, more advanced, laparoscopic or robotic surgery. These procedures, such as the TAPP and eTEP, are performed through small incisions and to help reduce pain and blood loss, shortened the hospital stay, and help the patient regain a more active lifestyle.

The ability to perform these procedures in the setting of the most complex disease sets the Ascension Via Christi Hernia Center apart in the region. We frequently deal with large hernias, failed hernia repairs, mesh complications and other complex abdominal wall issues.

The Da Vinci® System: Enhancing the Surgical Experience

Robotic-assisted technology using the da Vinci® system helps expand the surgical capabilities of the care team. This technology provides a magnified, 3D view of the surgical field. With robotic and computer assistance, the surgeon uses a miniaturized surgical camera and instruments to repair the hernia and perform reconstructive abdominal surgery. The da Vinci system helps contribute to a higher quality of care and:

  • Improve healing time
  • Minimize scarring
  • Reduce the rate of complications and infection

Optimization and Follow-up

Often patients with problematic hernias and abdominal wall problems have other medical problems that may make their operations more difficult. Sometimes these are the issues that led to a patient having a complication from previous hernia surgery.

Our philosophy is for every patient to be optimized prior to scheduling surgery. We work with patients, their families, and their local doctor in order to make each patient as healthy as they can be prior to their operation.

Because we deal with large, complex, or recurrent hernias, we frequently need to pretreat a patient’s abdominal wall in order make repair possible. Our ability to employ the use of preoperative pneumoperitoneum or to inject the abdominal wall with botulinum toxin A also sets us apart in the region.

Ascension Via Christi's Network of Surgical Specialists

Sports hernias are not actually a hernia but torn tendons in the pelvic areas. The athletic pubalgia condition mimics the symptoms of a groin hernia. At the Hernia Center, we provide consultative appointments to help you better understand your hernia or related abdominal or pelvic pain. Ascension Via Christi has a network of surgical and medical specialists who deliver care close to home, including:

  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Advanced heart and lung care
  • Urologic surgery and men’s health
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition specialists
  • Infectious disease specialists

At Ascension Via Christi Hernia Center, you'll find care that is focused on the life you want to live. See our downloadable Hernia Patient Guide for more information.