UK HealthCare Offers New Interactive Online Hernia Forum
Media Contact: Ann Blackford, 859-323-6363, x230
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2009) - People who suffer from hernia problems can now participate in a new interactive online forum that provides access to the medical expertise offered at the University of Kentucky as well as other individuals who share a common experience and wish to join in the conversation. The new online hernia forum is moderated by Dr. Scott Roth, chief of UK HealthCare's Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Roth says the new online forum will increase awareness of the services and capabilities available at UK HealthCare and will give patients the opportunity to ask and seek information of physicians who may not be readily available to them. So far, questions posted to the forum have ranged from the general to the very specific. Roth wants patients to know that the online forum is not a physician consultation and that comprehensive care cannot happen without a face to face meeting. What he can do via the forum, however, is guide their care and direct the patient to where they need to go and recommend who they need to see. Eventually, it is Roth's hope that the online hernia forum will expand to a hospitalwide health forum on any topic and questions will be directed to the appropriate specialist.
Hernias are an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. If the opening or weakness is large enough, a portion of the organ may be able to poke through the hole. Most hernias occur in the abdomen and can affect men, women and children. Roth says that hernias are extraordinarily common, and about a million hernia repairs occur annually in the United States. There are three main types of hernias:
- Hernias located in the groin - most common
- Ventral or incisional hernias located in the fleshy part of the belly
- Hiatal hernias associated with acid reflux or difficulty in swallowing
"Our focus at UK is minimally invasive hernia repair," Roth said. "Many folks are told that they are not a candidate for laparoscopic surgery. This is more likely related to the availability of medical expertise rather than the disease itself. Over 90 percent of people are candidates for this minimally invasive technique."
Patients can make an appointment with Dr. Roth or any UK gastrointestinal physician online or by calling 859-257-6346.