Allina Health’s new Complex Hernia Program offers care options for all case types

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Jan. 19, 2023) — Allina Health is pleased to announce the newly named Complex Hernia Program which has experts to repair the most common hernia types, as well as more complex cases that require a surgeon with advanced training.

A hernia happens when fatty tissue or an organ breaks through weakened muscle or tissue in your abdominal wall. A complex hernia often occurs at the site of a previous hernia repair. Hernia surgeries also become complex if a prior repair left surgical mesh behind or if the mesh created an abnormal connection between two body parts.

“Whether you are a candidate for a less invasive robotic procedure, a more intensive reconstructive surgery or a combination of both approaches, we have a multispecialty care team,” said Christopher Macomber, MD, medical director, Allina Health Complex Hernia Program.

Brian Frandrup, 38, of Hastings, Minn., had a complex hernia repair at Allina Health in fall of 2022.

“For the first time since I can remember, I can feel the muscles in my abdominal area. Before the repair I was self-conscious about how my stomach looked, even in clothing, so I always wore oversized shirts and noticed people looking at my stomach. Now, I don’t worry about that,” said Frandrup. “I decided it was time to take ownership of my life. To have the surgery, I took the recommended steps of losing weight and quitting smoking. Recently I’ve been going to the gym. I feel better overall.”

“At Allina Health, we focus on Whole Person Care, and we are equipped to meet the specific needs of each patient,” said Dr. Macomber. “In addition to a surgeon, that team may include a nurse navigator, an occupational therapist and depending on your needs, you may work with a weight management team or smoking cessation specialist to increase the likelihood of a successful procedure. We all work together with the patient in mind. We are excited for this new program and hope it raises awareness of treatment options for patients looking for specialized care.”

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 10 hospitals / 13 campuses, 15 retail pharmacies, and many specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.