Orlando Health has launched a Complex Hernia Center to connect patients with surgeons who can provide a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan for hernia repair.

A basic hernia is considered complex when repeated attempts to close the hole in the abdominal wall have failed. Complex hernias have higher rates of complications or recurrences that are often difficult to manage.

To achieve the best outcome, treatment requires a multi-disciplinary approach using surgeons, as well as other medical specialties, said Bobby Gibbons, MD, Director of Orlando Health Complex Hernia Center.

“Orlando Health Complex Hernia Center is set up as an initiative to improve the quality and outcomes for our hernia patients,” Gibbons said. “We have taken a multicentric approach to allow our patients to contact our complex hernia surgeons at multiple sites throughout central Florida. This allows us to bring the advantages of our complex multidisciplinary hernia team closer to home.”

Orlando Health surgeons use minimally invasive techniques when possible for repairing a hernia or abdominal wall reconstruction, which allows for a quicker recovery time so patients can return to their normal activities.

Patients can contact the hernia center to make an appointment for consultations at six Central Florida locations: Orlando Health Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion — Osceola; Orlando Health Medical Group Surgery — Downtown Orlando; Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; Orlando Health — Health Central Hospital; Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital; and Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital.

Appointments with a hernia specialist can be made at (321) 841-9678. For more information, visit Complex Hernia Center (orlandohealth.com)