App Lets Physicians, Hernia Patients Assess Chronic Pain

A new smartphone app aids physicians in discussing chronic pain and possible surgery complications with hernia patients, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The CeQOL (Carolinas Equation of Quality of Life) app, created by B. Todd Heniford, MD, gauges how likely patients are to experience chronic pain or discomfort following surgery.

"I like informed patients who come to me with questions, and the app can help us get down to what our patients want out of surgery and what they are afraid of," says Dr. Heniford, who serves as chief of gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Using information patients provide about their medical history and their hernias, the app generates a percentage chance of having discomfort within a year of the surgery, based on data from the International Hernia Mesh Registry.

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