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Dr. Catherine Jane Hunter M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL

Dr. Catherine Hunter is a physician who specializes in pediatric general surgery. Before performing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Hunter attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. In her practice, she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hernia, Stomach ... (Read more)

William E. Kaplan MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
average rating 3.82 stars (7 ratings)
1555 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL

Dr. William Kaplan's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Dr. Kaplan's clinical interests include neurogenic bladder, kidney problems, and hydrocele. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaplan accepts. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Kaplan has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Kaplan is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hernia, Kidney Problems, Hydrocele, Neurogenic Bladder






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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.
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