Advances in hernia repair focus of free Health Night


Kevin Harrison, M.D.

Kevin Harrison, M.D., a surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic and general surgery, will speak about the advances in hernia repair on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s classroom. Use the North James Street entrance and follow signs to the second-floor classroom.

"At some point, you or someone you know may be diagnosed with a hernia," Dr. Harrison stated.

At Rome Memorial Hospital’s free, public Health Night lecture, you can learn about how a condition that affects both men and women at any age is treated today.

"Hernia surgery is a common procedure," Dr. Harrison explained. "Surgical advances give us the option of repairing hernias laparoscopically or with general surgery."

In addition to discussing the best practices for hernia repair, Dr. Harrison will provide information about the:

Causes and risk factors associated with hernias;

Symptoms;

When to call your doctor; and

Diagnosis.

A hernia is a sac formed in the lining of the abdominal cavity that comes through a hole or weak area in the abdominal wall. Pressure in the area can force the tissue to bulge out. There are several types of hernias, based on where they occur. A hernia can occur after birth or later in life.

Dr. Harrison joined Beth Bulawa, M.D., David Kulick, M.D., Ph.D., FCCP, and Shuban Moza, M.D. at Rome Surgical Specialists, 1617 N. James St. As a general surgeon, he performs a broad range of procedures at Rome Memorial Hospital, including hernia repair, appendectomies, surgery for breast, skin and colon cancers, and gall bladder and thyroid disease.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Harrison also performs laparoscopic surgery, which allows surgeons to target organs with minimal trauma to the patient. Post-operative pain is less, hospital stays are shorter and patients return to their normal activities sooner.

Health Night is sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital. Advance registration is not required. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call 338-7143.