Article on Post-Surgical Outcomes Highlights the Importance of a Surgeon that Listens, Notes Dr. Shirin Towfigh

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Commenting on the recent article, the hernia expert notes that the benefits gained when a doctor is familiar with a patient’s case are evident even before the first procedure is performed.

Dr. Towfigh notes that successful treatment starts with a correct diagnosis.

This study specifically examines this effect on patients who have already undergone their procedure, the same positive effect could be intuitively applied to doctors who properly familiarize themselves with the patient’s case before the first procedure.

According to an article published August 2, on Clinical Advisor, patients who need to be readmitted to a hospital after their operation are more likely to have positive outcomes when they go to the same hospital where their initial procedure was performed. The study, which was originally published in The Lancet, pulled data from over nine million Medicare patients who had undergone 12 relatively common procedures including ventral hernia repair, found that “maintaining continuity of care when readmissions occur is a more important predictor of survival than other established surgical quality measures.” According to Dr. Shirin Towfigh of Beverly Hills Hernia Center, one of the reasons for this trend is that doctors who are more familiar with a patient’s case are simply able to treat them more effectively and efficiently. While Dr. Towfigh notes that this study specifically examines this effect on patients who have already undergone their procedure, the same positive effect could be intuitively applied to doctors who properly familiarize themselves with the patient’s case before the first procedure.

Dr. Towfigh explains that each patient is different and not all operations are the same. It is vital that a hernia surgeon goes above and beyond the minimum to determine how to proceed with a Beverly Hills hernia surgery and tailor each procedure to the needs of each patient. Similarly, Dr. Towfigh notes that, while it is prudent for a patient to follow up with the same surgeon if they have a complication or need to be readmitted to the hospital, it is equally important that the patient be provided with all of the tools to aid in every aspect of the their condition before the initial procedure. That’s part of the reason, Dr. Towfigh says, that she maintains a discussion board, HerniaTalk.com, devoted to an honest and informative dialog among patients and between patients and expert surgeons in the field of hernia surgery. The goal is to inform the patient with as much expert opinion as possible in order to get them knowledgeable about their condition and procedure.

Yet, no matter the procedure and no matter the surgeon, post-surgical complications can occur. It is important that patients pick the most skilled surgeon for their needs as well as the doctor most capable to handle their readmission in case there is a complication. Dr. Towfigh is regarded as the Western United States’ only surgeon focusing specifically on the treatment and surgical repair of abdominal wall hernias and their complications in both men and women. While hernias are predominately seen in men, Dr. Towfigh notes that the fact that many doctors do not expect to find them in their female patients makes the misdiagnosis rate in women especially high. Any patients, male or female, who suspect that they may have a hernia and want to benefit from Dr. Towfigh’s care at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center can call them today at 310-358-5020 or visit them online at http://www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com.

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