1500 2nd Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
855 Route 146
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Specializing in Advanced Laparoscopic Hernia Repair and Diagnosis & Treatment of Varicose Veins


What is a Hernia?

Hernia repair is one of the most common major operations performed in the United States. Every year, over one half million Americans undergo surgery for the treatment of this problem.

A hernia, most commonly in the groin area, is a tear or weakness in the abdominal wall allowing the intestines to protrude through. While hernias are curable with surgical treatment, without proper repair they will grow larger, cause more discomfort and in some cases the hernia can become strangulated - a life threatening condition that requires immediate surgery. It is much better to have your hernia repaired early, rather than wait until complications develop.

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What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Traditional hernia repair uses a 3 to 5 inch incision to patch or close the hernia defect from the outside. This method produces tension resulting in significant pain and a 5%-10% risk of failure over time.

Laparoscopic surgery repairs the defect from the inside using minimal incisions and special video equipment to work behind the muscles. Because there is no tension, the repair is more durable and less painful.

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Why is Laparoscopic Surgery Better?

Less Pain
Smaller incisions, no cutting of muscles, and no tension on the repair, result in a minimal amount of post operative pain when compared to open techniques.

Stronger Repair
Because the hernia is fixed from the inside, like a patch between a tire and an inner tube, the natural positive abdominal pressure strengthens the repair instead of weakening it as in an open repair. This means there is no healing period necessary before lifting and that the recurrence rate is very low, less than 0.5% in our experience.

Faster Recovery
With laparoscopic surgery the repair is stronger, and the scars are smaller, resulting in less pain and a rapid return to usual activities. About half of our patients return to their usual function in two or three days, and virtually all are back to work and play in one or two weeks.

Smaller Scars
Laparoscopic hernia repair is done through tine "keyhole" incisions, less than 1 inch long. The cosmetic results are excellent and there is less pain and reduced chance of infection or other wound problems.

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Why choose The Hernia Institute?

Many studies have demonstrated that the most important factor affecting outcome of a surgical procedure is the experience of the physician. Dr. Goldstein has completed thousands of hernia repairs and he not only uses the most modern techniques, but teaches other surgeons laparoscopic hernia repair procedures.

Our doctors will take the extra time to insure you know what to expect before and after your hernia surgery, and our staff will work with you to schedule surgery at your convenience. We accept all insurance plans and we will make special arrangements for those without insurance.

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What are the risks?

There are many risks associated with surgery, including, but not limited to bleeding, infection, scarring, and pain. Patients with underlying medical conditions may even be at risk for heart attacks, strokes, or even death. The doctor will explain these risks and what can be done to minimize them at your consultation before surgery.

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Are You a Physician Who Wants to Learn More?

You are invited to come watch Dr. Goldstein operate, and he will gladly come to precept your cases. You may contact him at the office, or arrangements can be made through your Bard or Covidien representative.

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What Other Procedures are Done by The Hernia Institute?

While specializing in inguinal and ventral hernia repair, Dr. Goldstein is an expert laparoscopic surgeon who performs colon resections, appendectomies, gall bladder surgery, hiatal hernia repair and anti-reflux surgery.

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Dr. Steven Goldstein

Dr. Rajendra Patel

Tim Zorn, RVT


Watch an informative interview with
Dr. Goldstein


Watch hernia surgery and VNUS closure fast demo videos


American College of Surgeons
American College of Phlebology
Vein Experts member
The Americas Hernia Society


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