Can You Help Me?

I would like to welcome you to our Institute for the Treatment of Complex Hernias website.  As one of the few centers able to successfully treat complex hernias that have failed previous repair, we are contacted by prospective patients throughout the country.  To expedite the answer to the question - “Can you help me?” - we suggest you gather the following information before you call.

  • Download and complete the patient history and physical form (PDF). *

  • Obtain a disc copy of an abdominal and pelvic CT performed within the last six months.

  • Obtain copies of ALL operative reports.

When you call the Center, you will be asked for demographic and insurance information.  If you are out of state or live more than two hours away from the center, located in Long Branch, N.J., you have the option of submitting the above required information to the Center for our surgeons’ review. If it is determined that you are a candidate for surgery, please contact our Concierge service representative, Virginia Costello at (732) 923-6742 for information on flight arrangements, area hotel accommodations, restaurants, etc.

I thank you for your interest in our Center, and we look forward to hearing from you.


Debra LaRusso, RN
Program Director

Program Director Debra LaRusso is responsible for the daily operations of the program, as well as program development. She is a resource for information to prepare patients for surgery and is available to assist with every step of the surgical process. Debra received her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing. 


*To download and print a PDF file, you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed. You can download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader FREE from the Adobe Reader download page.




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