Complex Hernia Surgeon — Dr. Mazen Iskandar, MD, FACS

A complex hernia surgeon is a physician whose concentration is focused on repairing reoccurring or complex hernias. While many general surgeons perform hernia surgery, as a case becomes more complex it becomes more important to find a surgeon who has vast experience in dealing with complex hernia surgery and abdominal wall repair. Dr. Iskandar is one of the leading complex hernia experts in the United States channeling other surgeons to often refer their more complicated cases to him. Appointments may be scheduled with Dr. Iskandar through the Iskandar Complex Hernia Center located in Dallas-Fort Worth area.

About Dr. Iskandar

Dr. Iskandar, MD, FACS is a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He joined Baylor Scott & White in 2019 after spending most of his training and career in New York City. Dr. Iskandar received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut and completed a general surgery residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. After obtaining a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery from NYU-Langone in Brooklyn, he was appointed as an assistant professor of surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he practiced for several years.

Dr. Iskandar’s additional training allowed him to develop his skills and focus on his passion for bariatric surgery and complex abdominal wall reconstruction and hernia surgery. Under his leadership, Baylor Scott & White Center for Hernia Surgery was established for the management of simple to more challenging complex and recurrent hernias. Dr. Iskandar’s philosophy is to achieve durable and favorable outcomes by providing better patient preparation for surgery and by using innovative techniques and materials including robotic surgery.

Dr. Iskandar is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery. He has several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and presentations/abstracts in the field of hernia and bariatric surgery. In addition, he has been invited to medical conferences to present lectures on his specialty. Dr. Iskandar is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Education

  • Medical School: American University Of Beirut-Lebanon (2008)
  • Education: American University of Beirut (2008)
  • Internship: General Surgery, American University of Beirut (2010)
  • Internship: General Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center (2011)
  • Residency: Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (2015)
  • Fellowship: Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (2016)

“We believe patients treated at the center will have a great improvement in their overall quality of life, especially if they suffer from larger hernias.”— Dr. Iskandar, MD, FACS

“I felt like I received exceptional care from a specialist in hernia repairs whose bedside manner reveals a true concern for my overall wellbeing.”— Patient J

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Frequently Asked Hernia Surgeon Questions

What kind of doctor or surgeon repairs and operates on hernias?

While your general practice physician will often diagnose a hernia, they will refer you to a surgeon for surgical reconstruction of your abdominal wall. This can be a general surgeon, but as the complexity of the hernia surgery increases, many general surgeons will refer patients to surgeons whose sole focus is complex hernia surgery. Dr. Iskandar, MD, FACS is a leading referral provider in Dallas-Fort Worth for complex hernia cases.

Do gastroenterologists treat hernias?

While gastroenterologists often diagnose hernias, it is not within their scope of practice to perform surgery and they typically refer patients with hernias to surgeons.

Do urologists treat hernias?

Some urologists perform inguinal hernia repairs, yet choose to refer other types of hernias or more complicated cases to surgeons who specialize in the hernia surgery for removal.

Can a plastic surgeon repair a hernia?

Though plastic surgeons often perform hernia surgery, is not typically their primary focus. When selecting a surgeon for your hernia abdominal wall reconstruction, ask how many basic hernia repair surgeries and how many complex hernia repair surgeries he/she has performed during the last year. What percentage of their total surgeries are hernia related? What is their success rate with hernia surgery?

When should you go to the doctor for a hernia?

Treating a hernia should not be delayed. Since a hernia involves an opening or hole in the abdomen, complications and problems can arise from the condition which, at times, can lead to unnecessary risk or develop into a life-threatening situation. Our staff will schedule your consultation at our DFW location. You will receive a full examination, discuss your hernia symptoms, and secure a diagnosis and treatment recommendation from Dr. Iskandar, MD, FACS.