‘Vulnerability is not weakness. Vulnerability is the most accurate measure of courage. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.’
—Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, The Gifts of Imperfection

Mrs. George (not her real name) was not unlike many patients we see for complex abdominal wall problems. Several years earlier, she had an open abdominal vascular procedure and developed an enlarging incisional hernia. She recounts that when she complained to her primary care physician and her surgeon, she was told she was getting fat and there was nothing wrong with her abdominal wall. Eventually, she became angry because her physicians simply were not listening to her. After a while, she sought a second opinion, and that surgeon told her she had an incisional hernia. Due to its size, she was referred to our hernia program….(read on)