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Penn State Health surgeons discuss hernias at educational event

Penn State Health surgeons hosted free hernia education presentations and screenings on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Penn State Health Specialty Services in Camp Hill.

Dr. Wayne Chang, a general surgeon who specializes in repairing hernias, reviewed the types of hernias and symptoms, and explained:

  • When surgery is appropriate
  • How hernias are repaired and myths about the use of mesh
  • How minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci surgical system can shorten recovery time and improve outcomes

“This was a great event for us to reach out to the general public and spread awareness about hernias,” Chang said. “I also think people really enjoyed being able to interact with the robotic system and help calm any fears they have about undergoing a robotic surgery.”

Participants asked questions, spoke with physicians and surgical staff and participated in a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci surgical system.

Of the 30 people attending, 23 had personal screenings with Chang and Drs. Gary Aghazarian and Erin Worden. Ten scheduled follow-up surgery consultations.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Cindy Arment, an attendee from the Lancaster area. “This was so informative. The doctors and staff took time to answer my questions and explain more about robotic surgery, which is new to me.”

Attendees came from a few miles from the office and as far away as State College and West Chester. One participant shared that getting detailed education and a personal screening for free was rare and greatly appreciated the opportunity.

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