Clinical Challenges in Hernia Surgery: Specialization in Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery

EP. 612Apr. 17, 202327:09
Hernias are some of the most common problems treated by general surgeons. The field of abdominal wall surgery has rapidly evolved as a result of innovation and the development of new techniques. In this podcast, Drs. Charlotte Horne and Jenny Shao join Vahagn Nikolian to discuss their decision to pursue careers as abdominal wall specialists, the role that hernia surgeons play in modern day surgical programs, and the pathway to becoming a hernia surgeon. 
·       Dr. Charlotte Horne is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Pennsylvania State University.
·       Dr. Jenny Shao is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan.
·       Dr. Vahagn Nikolian is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.

Recommended Reading:

Shulkin JM, Mellia JA, Patel V, Naga HI, Morris MP, Christopher A, Heniford BT, Fischer JP. Characterizing hernia centers in the United States: what defines a hernia center? Hernia. 2022 Feb;26(1):251-257. doi: 10.1007/s10029-021-02411-x. Epub 2021 Apr 19. PMID: 33871743.

Novitsky YW, Elliott HL, Orenstein SB, Rosen MJ. Transversus abdominis muscle release: a novel approach to posterior component separation during complex abdominal wall reconstruction. Am J Surg. 2012 Nov;204(5):709-16. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2012.02.008. Epub 2012 May 16. PMID: 22607741.

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