The UNC Health Care Hernia Center
The center is dedicated to providing the best hernia care for a variety of hernia types in adults.
- It is built on the concept of specialization for up-to-date management and treatment of the various hernia conditions.
- It evaluates thoroughly the available hernia publications and communications for the best evidence how to provide care.
- It aims at organized utilization of techniques, materials and resources.
- It embraces innovation in concepts, technology and teaching.
- It critically reviews all facets of hernia care at UNC Health Care. The data is used for continuous quality improvement (CQI) of outcomes and patient satisfaction.
The Hernia Center specializes in different types of repairs of abdominal hernias and abdominal wall reconstruction:
- Inguinal hernias - located in the groin area between your abdomen and thigh.
- Femoral hernias - located near the crease of the leg in the abdominal area, generally lower than the more common inguinal hernal.
- Umbilical hernias - located in or around the navel, or umbilicus.
- Incisional hernias - located generally in the abdomen area of any prior surgical incision or scar.
- Ventral hernias - located anywhere on the abdominal wall; most common is the midline.
- Other hernias include hiatal hernia and paraesophageal herniaAbdominal wall reconstruction after infection, trauma, etc..
Long-term follow up is organized through the Hernia Center after care is completed by the surgeons participating in the Hernia Center. Easy access and ongoing support of CQI efforts are core features of the Hernia Center.
Important Phone Numbers:
Hernia Center Line: 919-843-2547
GI Surgery: 919-966-8436
UNC Hospitals: 919-966-4131
Founding members of the Hernia Center:
Hartwig Bunzendahl, MD, PhD, Director of UNC Hernia Center
Anthony A. Meyer, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Surgery
Wayne Overby, MD, Gastrointestinal Surgery
Preston B. Rich, MD, Chief, Trauma & Critical Care
C. Scott Hultman, MD, Plastic Surgery
Lynn Damitz, MD, Plastic Surgery
Mark Koruda, MD, Chief, GI Surgery