As consumers get savvier about shopping for health care, some are finding a curious trend: More hospitals, imaging centers, outpatient surgery centers and pharmacy chains will give them deep discounts if they pay cash instead of using insurance. When Nancy Surdoval, a retired lawyer, needed a knee X-ray last year, Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado […]
Comparing Open and Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery: Which should I choose?
Over the years, we have so many patients ask “should I have open or laparoscopic hernia repair?”. It’s such a great question, and like so many other things in life, there unfortunately isn’t one correct answer. I put together some of the more common characteristics of each surgery below as well as recording a short […]
Why should I participate in research? Being a guinea pig?!?
California Hernia Specialists participates in ongoing hernia research through the American Hernia Society (AHS). The American Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC) is one of the largest hernia research studies currently being conducted. This broad reaching organization has brought together 17 centers across the United States to study how patients do after hernia surgery. California Hernia […]