IN CHECK UP 13….WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERNIAS. DOCTORS SAY THERE SEEMS TO BE CONFUSION…BELIEVING IF YOU IGNORE THEM…THEY MAY GO AWAY. I RECENTLY MET WITH A MAN FROM THE SOUTH SIDE…WHO KNOWS BETTER! :25-:30 1:03 I WANT YOU TO MEET RALPH…HE’S PICTURED HERE WITH HIS BRIDE MARTY OF 45 YEARS. HE LOVES GOLF…AND PLAYING THREE TIMES A WEEK WITH THE BOYS… AND WAS THRILLED WHEN SHE RECENTLY PICKED UP THE GAME TO JOIN HIM-EVEN WHEN ITS COLD OUT. BUT EVEN BETTER…IS GOING TO THE DANCE HALL TOGETHER EVERY WEEKEND 15:45:48 RALPH: MY WIFE AND I ARE INTO BALLROOM DANCING…WE STARTED THAT ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO AND THOROUGHLY ENJOY THAT WE ARE NOT VERY GOOD BUT 15:45:59 HAD LESSON AND WE GOT TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN HAVE FUN WITH IT. 15:46:04 HE’S 76…ACTIVE…AND AWARE A HERNIA IS NOTHING TO MESS WITH. 15:44:57 RALPH: DON’T WAIT, IT’S NEVER GOING TO GET BETTER, IT CAN ONLY GET WORSE. 15:44:59 HE WOULD KNOW. HE’S HAD TWO HERNIA’S…AND HE WENT TO DR PAUL SZOTEK TO TREAT BOTH. THE FIRST ON THE LEFT SIDE 20 YEARS AGO…AND ONE ON THE RIGHT, A FEW WEEKS AGO. 15:43:00 RALPH: WHEN IT EVENTUALLY GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I COULD SEE THE BULGE, I SAID, I’M CALLING SOMEBODY AND GETTING THIS DONE RIGHT AWAY. 15:43:05 14:53:02 HE ENDED UP HAVE A DIRECT INGENAL HERNIA THAT WE FIXED ABOUT A WEEK AGO. 14:53:06 DR. SZOTEK SAYS ITS KEY TO NOT DELAY. 14:50:56DR. SZOTEK: IN GENERAL THE NATURAL PROGRESSION IS TO GET LARGER AND GET WORSE OVER TIME. 13:51:01 THEY DON’T TEND TO GET BETTER ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT SOME SORT OF MECHANICAL FIX FROM A SURGICAL PROCEDURE. 14:51:09 THE BIGGER THE HERNIA GETS…SZOTEK SAYS THERE ARE FEWER OPTIONS FOR REPAIR, AND A GREATER RISK OF COMPLICATIONS. EVEN THOUGH HE’S 20 YEARS OLDER…RALPH SAYS THE RECOVERY FROM ROBOTIC SURGERY NOW, IS BETTER…THAN THE LAPROSCOPIC PROCEDURE HE HAD BEFORE…AND NOW HE’S ON TRACK TO TWIST AND TWIRL MARTY BY THE NEW YEAR. 46:48 RALPH: WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH IT. 46:51 IF YOU HAVE A HERNIA…OR THINK YOU HAVE A HERNIA…AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT CHECKED OUT… YOU CAN DO SO FREE OF CHARGE…COURTESY CHECK UP 13 AND ASCENION ST. VINCENT. TO REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE CONSULT….CALL THE HOTLINE LINE BEFORE 7…OR REGISTER ONLINE…TODAY BEFORE MIDNIGHT. AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING YOUR HEALTH