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:
Dr. Fernando Navarro, assistant professor of clinical surgery
Dr. James Nottingham, professor of clinical surgery
Dr. R. Stephen Smith, professor of clinical surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery
Dr. Elliot Chen
Two Medical Park
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