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Free Hernia Screenings and Seminars at Silver Cross June 6


Are you experiencing pain or obvious swelling in the abdominal area? It could be a hernia!

Join surgeons on staff at the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital Wednesday, June 6, for a free hernia screening and seminar.

Screenings will be performed from 4 to 7 p.m. at the hospital by surgeons Dr. Reza Gamagami, Dr. Venkata Kakarla, Dr. Laura Ragauskaite and Dr. Thomas Vasdekas between 4 and 7 p.m.

Then, learn more about hernia signs and symptoms, the importance of early detection and the treatment options available, including minimally invasive robotic surgery, during informational sessions presented by Dr. Kakarla and Dr. Vasdekas at 4:45 and 6 p.m.

Screening participants will also have the opportunity to “test-drive” the da Vinci robot and enter a raffle to win an Amazon Echo Spot! Light refreshments will be served.

What is a Hernia?

A hernia happens when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. This often causes pain and bulging, especially in the abdomen since that’s where most hernias occur.

Hernias affect men and women of all ages and are usually the result of strain on the abdominal wall caused by aging, genetic predisposition, heavy lifting, pregnancy, athletic activities, obesity, previous surgery, constipation, and chronic coughing. There are two types of hernias:

  • Ventral hernia is located in the abdomen and may appear at an incision site any time after surgery (incisional hernia).
  • Inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area.

Your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes to ease the pain and other symptoms, but surgery is often the only way to truly repair a hernia. During hernia repair surgery, an incision is made near the site of the hernia. The hernia is usually repaired with mesh by stitching, stapling or clipping it to the muscle around the hernia site. The hernia site can also be sewn directly together. Hernia repair can be done using traditional open surgery, minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery or robotic surgery.


To register for the June 6 free hernia screenings at Silver Cross, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).