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We found 4 providers with an interest in hernia and who accept Illinois Health Connect near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Michael Magdi Awad MD, PhD
Specializes in General Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
(314) 454-8877

Dr. Michael Awad is a medical specialist in general surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Awad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Minimally invasive surgical techniques - laparoscopic, robotic, endoscopic - for GERD, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leslie Michael Brunt MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery), General Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8C
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 454-7194; (314) 454-8877

Dr. L. Brunt's specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, hiatal hernia, and endocrine surgery. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Brunt honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Laparoscopic surgery, hernia surgery, endocrine cancer surgery, parathyroid, adrenal, spleen, ... (Read more)

Dr. Varun Puri MD, MSCI
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology (Cancer Care), General Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
(314) 362-4191; (314) 362-7327

Dr. Varun Puri is a general surgeon, oncologist, and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. He graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Puri's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. His areas of expertise consist of lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Puri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Puri's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , inguinal hernia, hiatal hernia

All Interests: Minimally invasive, laparoscopic, robotic and traditional surgery in lung cancer, lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick Aloysius Dillon MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
1 Childrens Place; Suite A
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 454-6070; (314) 454-6022

Dr. Patrick Dillon is a pediatric general surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Town and Country, MO. He is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Dillon graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Dillon trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , groin hernia

All Interests: Pediatric surgery, head and neck lesions, lymphangioma, newborn disorders, congenital anomalies, ... (Read more)


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What is a Hernia?

A hernia happens when tissue from inside the body pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles, coming through to the front of the body under the skin. Hernias happen most often in the groin area. Some hernias are extremely painful, and some feel numb or do not hurt at all. While most hernias are not an emergency, all hernias require surgery to move the tissue back into the correct place and reinforce the muscle wall.

Hernia surgery can be performed as open surgery, where an incision is made directly over the hernia, or laparoscopically, where several small incisions are made and the surgery is performed using very small tools and cameras in thin flexible tubes. The surgeon simply places the herniated tissue back into place and closes up the muscle. Small hernias may be only sutured or stapled closed, while larger hernias may be reinforced with mesh to prevent future hernias. A hernia surgery is called herniorraphy and a hernia surgery with implanted mesh is called hernioplasty.

Unless a hernia is very large or there are surgical complications, most patients go home from the hospital the same day as their surgery. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your surgical wound by your medical team. In general, it takes a few days to be back on your feet and two to three weeks to fully recover from hernia surgery. After hernia surgery, it is important to drink lots of water and eat high fiber foods to prevent straining during bowel movements, which may cause pain and pressure at the hernia site. It’s also important to refrain from heavy lifting for several weeks in order to protect the abdominal muscles until they fully heal.