June is National Hernia Awareness Month! Each year more than 750,000 american's seek treatment for hernias, although many Physician experts believe hundreds of thousands more suffer in silence because of fears about surgery and embarrassment. Statistics show that the most common hernia is an Inguinal Hernia. This accounts for 71-75% of all abdominal wall hernias. The remaining most common hernias include: Umbilical Hernias, Femoral Hernias, Epigastic Hernias and Incisional Hernias. There are more rare hernias like Lumbar and Spigellian Hernias as well.
Men are much more likely to have Inguinal Hernias and have a greater than 20% of having this hernia during their life time. Women are more likely to have Umbilical Hernias since pregnancy increases their risk.
There are many ways to repair hernias today. This includes open repairs, Laparoscopic repairs, and Robotic assisted repairs using the DaVinci surgical system. If you are concerned about a possible hernia, please contact Advanced Surgical Associates and schedule a consultation with one of our Physicians.
Advanced Surgical Associates has added a satellite office next to Liberty Hospital, at 2521 Glenn Hendren Dr., Suite 202, Liberty, MO 64068. Please call 816-246-0800 for scheduling.
The surgeons at Advanced Surgical Associates are pleased to welcome Darcy Shaw, M.D. to the practice this summer. Dr. Shaw brings with him a new surgical specialty to our community as a Fellowship trained Colorectal Surgeon. Dr Shaw is also Board Certified in General Surgery. Watch for more details in coming months!
Exerpt from Health & Wellness Magazine, December, 2014
Amazing technological advances are now available providing physicians and geneticists with the ability to screen, and even genetically predict, the probability of developing certain cancers for patients and their family members. This service is being offered and managed by a highly qualified team of physicians in Lee’s Summit.
Dr. Christie Brock, a Board Certified General Surgeon and member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, sees many patients in her practice that have genetic family history of breast disease. Depending on the diagnosis and other medical factors, a variety of non-surgical or surgical treatment options are offered and discussed. If intervention is not needed immediately, regular follow up appointments are scheduled for monitoring. As a general surgeon, Dr. Brock also examines, diagnoses and treats colon and skin cancer which now have screening recommendations in place as well.
If you are interested in a consultation appointment with Dr. Brock, please call the office at 816.246.0800.
Exerpt from Health & Wellness Magazine, November, 2014
Learning that you may need to have a surgical procedure can be quite frightening. In the past, this meant that you would need to have a large incision and an extended hospital stay to recover. In the 1980s, minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures were developed that allowed patients to have similar operative procedures done through smaller incisions, which led to faster recovery and less pain. The progression of laparoscopic surgery is now becoming more sophisticated with the introduction of Robotic Assisted technology. This technology allows surgeons to perform a wide range of surgical procedures with more precision. This tool enhances the surgeon’s ability to perform complex operations while minimizing adverse effects. The robot extends the surgeon’s range of motion and reach, allowing surgeons to operate deep within the body with unparalleled accuracy. The robotic system includes a surgeon’s console, a robotic cart with four arms controlled by the surgeon and a high deﬁnition, three-dimensional camera. The surgeon performs operations by making small incisions and placing tubes into the body. Instruments are placed through the tubes and attached to the robotic arms. Sitting at the console nearby, the surgeon, using both foot and hand controls, moves the instruments and camera, performing the same procedures as with open procedures but with more precision.
Enhanced Features of Robotic Technology
The enhanced features of robotic technology allow surgeons to perform very complex procedures exceeding the limitations of other surgical procedures. Features of robotic surgery include:
- High deﬁnition, three-dimensional cameras that magnify images to 10 times greater than what the human eye can see
- Instruments that provide precision and range of motion greater than that of a human hand
- Exceptional control – the surgeon controls all movements of the instruments and camera throughout the procedure
- Safeguards that protect patients from uncontrolled movements
- Fireﬂy technology that allows surgeons to view blood ﬂow and structures to prevent adverse events during surgery.
Less Pain, Faster Recovery, Less Scarring
Robotic surgery has also allowed surgeons to perform some procedures through a single, small incision called single-site procedures. The increased visualization and precise hand movements allow surgeons to complete these procedures quickly and safely. Patients have less pain and faster recovery with less scarring. The most frequently performed single-site surgery is gallbladder removal which is usually performed as an outpatient.
To learn more, please call us at 816-246-0800.
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