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Hernia Surgery

The hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction specialists at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and University Specialty Clinics is a dedicated program offering a full range of surgical solutions to repair all types of abdominal wall hernias.

Our multidisciplinary team approach to the treatment of patients with first time or recurrent hernias and related symptoms promotes patient-centered care and develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

Our program is staffed by general surgeons and plastic surgeons. Dr. Fernando Navarro, assistant professor of clinical surgery, Dr. James Nottingham, professor of clinical surgery, and Dr. Stephen Smith, professor of clinical surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery, are board certified general surgeons who possess significant experience in hernia repair. The trio have trained with nationally and internationally regarded hernia experts. They have experience in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery as well as in open repair of large recurrent ventral hernias with loss of abdominal domain.

Our surgeons are skilled in assessing hernias and determining whether an open or laparoscopic procedure is preferred. Depending on the case, we work in conjunction with Dr. Benjamin McIntyre, assistant professor of clinical surgery, and Dr. Elliot Chen, assistant professor of clinical surgery, from the Division of Plastic Surgery in those patients who would benefit from concurrent abdominoplasty.

Our program strives to provide our patients with:

  • Lasting repair and low chance of recurrence
  • Minimal post-operative pain
  • Best possible functional and aesthetic outcomes
  • Early return to work and improvement in quality of life
  • Cost effective care
  • Patient education
  • Reliable and resource-sensitive outcomes measurement

More about hernias and hernia surgeries

Physicians:

Dr. Fernando Navarro, assistant professor of clinical surgery
Board certified in General Surgery. He completed an advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  Dr. Navarro’s special interests are minimal access and robotic surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. James Nottingham, professor of clinical surgery
Board certified in General Surgery. He possesses extensive experience in laparoscopic and open hernia repair. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. R. Stephen Smith, professor of clinical surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery. Dr. Smith is experienced in hernia repair and component separation techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeon.

Dr. Elliot Chen
Board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Chen’s special interest include abdominal wall reconstruction and wound healing.