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    September 12, 2019 

    Hernia specialist discusses treatment advances at Rome Health Night

    Board certified general surgeon Keneth Hall, MD, FACS, FASMBS, will discuss advances in hernia repair 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Mohawk Valley Community College Rome campus, 1101 Floyd Avenue.

    The Health Night is a free lecture series sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital.

    Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes. For more information or to make a reservation, call 315.337.5309.

    Hernias are caused when an organ or tissue squeezes through a weak spot in the muscle or fascia. There are several types of hernias depending upon where they occur. Some of the most common hernias include inguinal, umbilical, incisional, epigastric, femoral, and hiatal hernias.

    “You may have a hernia if you can feel a soft lump in your stomach, groin, or the incision site of a previous surgery. Sometimes the lump may go away when you press on it or lie down,” Dr. Hall said. “Most hernias are not a medical emergency unless an organ gets trapped and doesn’t get adequate blood supply. But, hernias don’t go away on their own and can worsen over time. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor if you notice any unusual bulges.”

    “Internal hernias are not visible, but can cause unpleasant symptoms. Heartburn is common with hiatal hernias,” the surgeon explained. “With advances in minimally invasive surgery, we can treat severe GERD to relieve chronic reflux and pain.”

    Dr. Hall is board certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. As an experienced bariatric surgeon, Dr. Hall has the expertise to perform general surgical procedures on overweight patients, as well as patients who have surgical needs after weight loss surgery.

    Dr. Hall earned his medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C., in 2005. He completed his general surgery internship and residency at SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center. Committed to being on the leading edge of surgical advances, Dr. Hall has completed numerous specialized certifications. He was a research fellow at the NYU Winthrop Hospital, where he completed additional training in minimally invasive, bariatric and robotic surgery.

    Dr. Hall performs a broad range of surgical procedures at Rome Memorial Hospital, including minimally invasive hernia repairs, cholecystectomies, anti-reflux procedures, and placement of gastric pacemakers to treat gastroparesis.

    His office is located at Griffiss Business & Technology Park. Rome Medical Practice Surgical Specialists opened its second location at 267 Avery Lane, Suite 300, Rome. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hall, please call the office at 315.356.7770.

    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for four consecutive years, the hospital has earned special “Senior Friendly” recognition as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.