| ||Welcome to the UW Medicine Hernia Center. We know what you want: |
- Physicians who have significant experience diagnosing and repairing hernias of all types;
- Physicians who listen to your concerns and take time to explain your condition, your treatment options and their recommendation;
- Physicians who have easy access to, and experience working with specialists in other areas of medicine that can improve your outcome: bariatrics, nutrition, diabetes, plastic surgery and others.
Hernia repair is among the most common surgical procedures; millions are performed worldwide every year. In fact, one in four men develops an inguinal hernia in his lifetime.
For decades, hernias have been managed by all general surgeons, but now top-tier medical systems are recognizing the value of standalone hernia centers, staffed with physicians equally adept at open surgery and minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopy is generally better for patients – less pain, faster recovery – but it demands additional training for the surgeon. This plus increased scrutiny on patients’ outcomes has led more surgeons to focus more finely on specific procedures and areas of anatomy, such as hernias.
UW Medicine’s designated hernia specialists are Drs. Andrew Wright and Rebecca Petersen. Both are general surgeons who have acquired significant experience in hernia repair both open and laparoscopic, and so have become experts in navigating the anatomy of the abdomen and pelvis. These regions encompass nerves, vital blood vessels, muscles, digestive and waste systems and reproductive organs.
Most hernia repairs are, by surgeons’ standards, relatively straightforward and uncomplicated. Some, however, are more complex because of their size or because they occur at the site of a previous surgical incision that has not healed adequately. Complex or not, wouldn’t you want your hernia treated by practitioners who perform more than 200 such procedures a year, instead of, say, 20 or 30? It is this type of experience that gives our patients a greater likelihood of an uncomplicated operation and a successful outcome.