LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hernias are on the increase, and we have our increasingly sedentary modern lifestyle to thank for it. Fortunately, advances in medical technology have led to many effective methods for treating hernia and, in many cases, a reduced recovery time for hernia surgery patients, but complications remains an issue. As the only surgeon in the Western United States who deals exclusively with abdominal hernias, Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center has been at the forefront not only at treating hernias surgically, but in preventing and dealing with the complications that can ensue following surgery.
One potential issue is postoperative chronic pain due to hernia mesh insertion – a syndrome that's come to be known as "meshoma" – an injury from surgical insertion of plastic mesh used to restrain hernia recurrence. This pain can be relieved by removing the plastic mesh in a procedure known as a meshectomy. Other potential complications include damage to the femoral artery or vein, as well as chronic pain. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that more than 30% of those who undergo treatment for hernia can suffer from complications like long-term pain and restricted movement.
Perhaps the greatest frustration of those who undergo hernia surgery is recurrent hernia – a complication that affects one to ten out of 100 hernia repair surgery patients. However, with the use of hernia mesh by a specialist like Dr. Towfigh, the likelihood of recurrent hernia is decreased by 50%.
Selecting the Best Hernia Surgeon
While the pain, movement issues, and potentially severe long-term health issues can understandably inspire sufferers of hernia to seek out treatment as quickly as possible, it's also important for the public to remember that not all medical experts are equally skilled and experienced. Throughout the Western United States, Dr. Towfigh is widely regarded as the most effective specialist in hernia care. In fact, she's been ranked as "Best in the West" for 24 straight years by US News and World Report, and the board certified surgeon holds leadership positions as multiple national surgical societies, including the American Hernia Society and the American College of Surgeons.
"Doctors may often say it's just a hernia, but this is not a 100% benign procedure," says B. Todd Heniford, chief of the division of gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgery at Carolinas Medical Center and president of the American Hernia Society. Like any surgical procedure, hernia treatment never comes without its share of risks, but by scheduling an appointment with a proven hernia expert, those suffering can make sure the risk of complication is limited as much as possible.
If you or a family member is experiencing the symptoms of a potential hernia, please contact Dr. Towfigh's hernia treatment team at 310-358-5020. You can also learn more about her leading edge approach to hernia treatment via her website at www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com.
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SOURCE Beverly Hills Hernia Center