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N orth Penn
Hernia Institute

Medical As Building.
125 Medical Caus Dr. #310.
Lansdale, PA 19446

215-368-1122
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FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT HERNIAS

Before You Have Surgery

Sponsored by

The NORTH PENN HERNIA INSTITUTE

National "Center of Excellence" in Hernia Surgery
Specializing in the Contemporary Surgical Management of
Inguinal and all Abdominal Wall Hernias

Surgery for the repair of Inguinal as well as other "Ventral" or Abdominal Wall Hernias is one of the most common operations performed in the United States each year. Over 900,000 Hernia Repairs are performed annually. There are many Surgical Techniques and Mesh Products available for hernia repair.
At the North Penn Hernia Institute, as true Hernia Specialists, we use our experience and expertise to select that specific treatment option and method which is best suited for each individual patient and their particular hernia type and characteristics.
Unlike many hernia centers who offer only a single operative technique and tailor the patient to fit their one technique in all cases, we are skilled in various hernia repair methods. We feel that some methods are more appropriate for some hernia situations, yet very inappropriate for others. We therefore selectively tailor our Tension Free approach to the specific needs of the patient and their hernia. This forms the basis of our Benchmark approach to Hernia repair. We always utilize this "Benchmark" Tension Free principle in hernia repairs to assure our patients of both a SAFE and EFFECTIVE repair. This assures a repair that has minimal post-operative discomfort, and the most rapid recovery of ANY hernia repair technique, including the "keyhole" Laser/Laparoscopic approach.
We hope this site will help you to better understand the nature of hernias, as well as help you make an informed decision about surgery.

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Surgery performed at
(formerly North Penn Hospital)
in
Lansdale, Pennsylvania



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N orth Penn
Hernia Institute

Medical As Building.
125 Medical Caus Dr. #310.
Lansdale, PA 19446

215-368-1122
Fax:215-368-3569

NORTH PENN HERNIA INSITUTE HOMEPAGE


NEW PATIENT INFO
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION and BECOMING A NEW PATIENT



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MEMBER  American Hernia Society

FELLOW American College of Surgeons


Abington
Health
Lansdale
Hospital


THE SURGICAL TECHNIQUE

of the

North Penn Hernia Institute



. Surgical Repair of Inguinal, Femoral, Umbilical and many Simple and Complex Incisional Hernias can be SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY performed as a "Same Day", out-patient ambulatory procedure. This includes most"RECURRENT" hernias as well.

. With the patient awake, yet calm and sedated, comfortably free of pain, the risks of General Anesthesia are avoided. Our patients are walking shortly after surgery, and are discharged home within about 1-2 hours.

. We utilize a Mini-Incision "Open" Technique, using mild sedation and local anesthesia (ie: Novocaine like medication) for the overwhelming majority of all hernia repairs. Under most circumstances, our incisions are very small (about 2 inches or less), located directly over the hernia.

. For the most common
INGUINAL HERNIA{Photo}, we utilize a "Tension Free" repair, increasingly recognized by Hernia Specialists as the "Benchmark" method for hernia surgery. We are now convinced that this technique is truly the "STATE OF THE ART" in hernia surgery, providing the safest, most effective repair with the least post-operative pain. This technique is done under safe, local anesthesia via a small incision ( about 2 inches in most average patients). Once the hernia (bulge) is freed up by gentle dissection, it is returned through the hole or weakness into its proper position. Rather than just covering the weakness at this point, a specially designed, sterile "Mesh" system is gently placed through the defect. It opens to cover and effectively repair the defect from the inside, the best place for mesh to be positioned. This mesh extends well beyond the under edges of the defect to reduce pressure on the hernia defect opening, and reinforce the entire area at the same time. The mesh is held in place without tension. No painfully tight sutures are placed to pull muscle unnaturally together, nor are staples or tacks utilized in this method. After this "underlay" mesh is properly positioned, an additional sheet of mesh is included over the defect as an insurance reinforcement to the entire area. This is placed in a completely tension free fashion, being held in place by a "VELCRO-Like" effect of the mesh itself. Since there is no tension and only a minimal amount of surgical dissection, there is little post operative pain, and patients return to NORMAL ACTIVITY in DAYS. This technique has been essentially utilized for over 10 years, with recurrence rates of Less than 1/2 %, lower than any other technique including the conventional suture repairs, (TENSION REPAIR), or the Laparoscopic "Keyhole"Approach.
WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THE TENSION FREE APPROACH IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD AVAILABLE.

TENSION FREE TECHNIQUE
OUR TENSION FREE METHOD PREFERRED MESH
PREFERRED MESH
ETHICON's®
Prolene Hernia System®

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Several "Mesh Systems" are available. We feel that no two patients are alike and therefore no two hernias are alike either. All hernias differ from patient to patient, often quite significantly. We therefore feel that no one single TENSION FREE operative approach nor single mesh product system is suitable for all patients or all hernias.

. Surgery at NORTH PENN HERNIA INSTITUTE is tailored specifically to the individual needs of each and every patient. We are expertly familiar with the various advanced Tension Free repair techniques commonly in use today, and all of these mesh system methods and diverse products are fully available to us. Rather than utilizing the same mesh product for all hernias, we individually select the precise mesh product, selecting the precise size, shape, configuration and manufacturer at the time of surgery that is best suited for each patient and each specific hernia. This selection process, which is the foundation for what we call the "Benchmark" approach, is based on our extensive experience, developed by performing nearly one thousand various hernia repairs annually and "specializing" in hernia repairs for over 20 years. This expertise in both routine and complex hernia surgery assures that all of our patients receive the most satisfactory, safest and importantly the most effective repair available.

. Recovery is therefore more rapid! Pain is minimal, since muscles not cut and are neither pulled together nor sewn under tension. Post-operative restrictions are few, if any, and our patients can actually return to NORMAL activity in DAYS! This includes resumption of work and recreational activity when desired.

. This fully effective contemporary repair technique allows for your comfortably rapid recovery. The advanced techniques we utilize are associated with the Lowest Risk of Recurrence when compared to most other older surgical techniques which place extreme tension on the muscle and the repair by simply cutting and sewing muscle together. Our BENCHMARK technique is equally safe and the fully effective for "Recurrent" Hernias as well.

. In addition, and equally important, Hernia repair with this advanced "Benchmark" approach is:
  • Safe and Fully Effective Surgical Repair
  • Lowest Incidence of Recurrent Hernias in the Future (less than 1%)
  • Minimal Post Operative Discomfort
  • Few Restrictions on Activity
  • RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITY IN DAYS!
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Thank You,
James A. Goodyear, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Surgeon and Director

Surgery is performed at:
Abington
Health
Lansdale
Hospital



in Lansdale, Pennsylvania