Lovelace Silver Lining Newsletter April 2022

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We are very proud to announce that we have not one, but two masters surgeons practicing together at Lovelace Women’s Hospital! Congratulations to our Certified Masters in Robotic and Hernia surgery, Drs. Blea and Leyba! Surgical Review Corporation recognized these Lovelace providers for meeting national and international standards of the highest quality of care and patient safety.
Schedule an appointment with a Lovelace master surgeon today at 505.727.2727.
Stop putting your life on hold because of your hernia. Lovelace Medical Group offers robotic hernia surgery, getting you back home and back to life faster. Have questions about your hernia pain or robotic surgery? Dr. Michael Blea & Dr. Mario Leyba with Lovelace Medical Group answer some common questions in this video.
To learn more call 505.727.2727.
A hernia is a common problem for both men and women, and is much more than a simple muscle pull. A hernia occurs when there is a weakness or hole in the muscle wall, allowing a bulge of tissue to protrude through the muscle.
The symptoms of a hernia may include a dull ache, feeling of weakness, heaviness, pressure or a burning sensation in your abdomen, groin or scrotum.
“You want to see your doctor before your symptoms worsen,” explained Mario Leyba, M.D., a board-certified general surgeon with Lovelace Medical Group.
“When you start having symptoms that affect your everyday activities or when symptoms get worse and more frequent, you need to seek medical attention, especially if your job requires lifting.”
The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), incisional (surgical scar) and hiatal (upper stomach). Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia, and account for 75% of abdominal wall hernias.
Most hernias can be treated with minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Leyba and his staff offer a minimally-invasive approach to hernia repair, utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System. Patients can expect less pain, shorter hospitalization and quicker recovery.
“Traditionally, if you get a repair with an open incision, you’re at a higher risk for recurrence, infection, pain and nerve injuries,” explained Dr. Leyba. “Ninety-nine percent of all repairs I do is with the small incision to get the best possible outcome for pain, infection and recurrence.”
“Hernias are one of my passions and we treat a lot of them. They are very common and not going away anytime soon. Hopefully we can continue helping people.”
Talk to your doctor if you suspect that you have a hernia. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 505.727.7050.
We are excited to announce that Lovelace Women’s Hospital achieved three Center of Excellence Accreditations from Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), the first in New Mexico, including accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery, re-accreditation since 2017 as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology and re-accreditation since 2016 as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery. 
Status as an accredited facility means that Lovelace Women’s Hospital has met nationally and internationally recognized standards for providing the highest quality of care and patient safety.
To schedule an appointment with a Lovelace master surgeon call 505.727.2727 or visit to learn more.

Lovelace Medical Group Orthopedics Rapid Access Clinic is now open!

Our experienced team offers care for recent orthopedic injuries, including fractures and sprains, and can see most patients with broken bones the same day.
Located at: 10511 Golf Course Rd NW, Suite 204, Albuquerque, NM 87114

General Surgery Services at Lovelace Regional Hospital

Paul Torres, M.D., FACS is a board-certified general surgeon with over 20 years of experience. His commitment to high-quality patient care through minimally invasive surgeries has provided him low complication rates, as measured by quality improvement hospital staff committees. He is a part of the outstanding staff at Lovelace Specialty Care offering expert treatment for a variety of conditions.
Laproscopy and advanced laproscopy:
  • Hernia
  • Anti-relux
  • Colon
  • Gallbladder
  • Appendix
Breast surgery, including cancer
Stomach surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
To schedule an appointment, please call 575.625.3400