Surgeon to offer free hernia screenings

Valley Surgical, Aesthetics and Vein Care in Grand Junction has scheduled a free hernia screening day for Oct. 20.

The event is set for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the practice, located at 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 4. For an appointment or more information, call 773-1946.

Dr. Brad Case, a board-certified surgeon who owns Valley Surgical, Aesthetics and Vein Care, will conduct exams, offer recommendations and discuss treatment options. “If you’re experiencing symptoms from a hernia, it’s important to get it fixed,” Case said.

A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall weaken, then bulge or tear. The inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area to form a balloon-like sac. That can cause a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to slip into the sac, causing pain and other potentially serious health problems, Case said. Symptoms of a hernia include a noticeable lump in the groin area or abdomen, pain while lifting, a dull aching sensation or feeling of fullness.

“Hernias typically can be repaired laparoscopically and on an outpatient basis with minimal recovery,” Case said. “We do recommend repairing them to prevent intestinal damage and further complications.”