Published: 06/07/2013

Hernia Center at Evangelical Spells Relief for Hernia Sufferers

Some five million Americans have a hernia and yet only about 750,000 of them seek treatment each year. Evangelical Community Hospital’s Hernia Center makes it possible and convenient for those suffering from hernia to be relieved from daily pain and discomfort without a long wait.
A hernia is a protrusion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening in the body. Individuals can have a hernia from birth, develop them over a period of time, or have them happen suddenly.
At the Hernia Center of Evangelical Community Hospital, those suffering from hernia can get relief in the only way possible – with surgery – within just seven days of referral. Through fast track scheduling, there is no need to wait months for an appointment. The Center will schedule surgery within the week or as soon as pre-authorization or surgery clearance can be obtained.
For the patient, the procedure is minimal in nature. Done in an outpatient setting, through a small incision, there is less scarring with a quick recovery and less risk of complication. Most patients go home a few hours after surgery and resume normal activities shortly thereafter.
“We see patients who have suffered way too long with the discomfort caused by a hernia,” said Joseph Mucciolo, Jr., MD, FACS, who specializes in hernia repair. “They come to us knowing no exercise, weight loss, or medicine will make a hernia disappear. Once they understand how convenient it is to schedule the procedure and get relief from pain with a short recovery time, choosing surgery becomes easier.”
For more information on the Hernia Center or to schedule a procedure, call (570) 523-3290.
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 130 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.