Ohio State Center for Abdominal Core Health

The Center for Abdominal Core Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is home to the nation’s leading experts who maintain health of the abdominal core. We are proud to be the world’s first Center for Abdominal Core Health – working to help you live life to its fullest.

Our team approach to maintaining your abdominal core health and to treat problems that can affect it is an entirely new concept.  We start with you and create a team to meet your personal goals for improvement. If you are healthy, we offer personal training, nutritional expertise, and physical therapy to achieve your goals.

As with any part of the body, problems can arise that limit what you can do. Our care teams specialize in treating problems of the abdominal core. These problems can include hernia, diastasis of the abdominal wall, growths and tumors that affect the core, pelvic floor and diaphragm problems, and chronic pain related to operations of the core.  Our Center’s goal is to eliminate the barriers that are usually present in our healthcare system to get you the right team to take care of you.

When you have a problem with your abdominal core, our multidisciplinary team of experts is here to help. We span many specialties, including general and gastrointestinal surgery, plastic surgery, colorectal surgery, trauma surgery, critical care, physical therapy and rehabilitation and integrative medicine.

Why is core strength important?

rectus abdominus_v2_web Abdominal Core Health is a new field focused on maximizing your core muscle strength and support which is critical to your well-being and function. In your body, the abdominal core is made of the muscles and supporting structures in the front, sides, and back, along with the diaphragm above and pelvic muscles below. These parts of your body work in close harmony with each other, enabling you to take a stroll on a beach, compete in a triathlon, or pick up your children or grandchildren.

A strong core helps:
  • Prevent injury
  • Improve posture
  • Reduce lower back pain
  • Improve breathing


Why choose Ohio State?

In addition to being the first Center for Abdominal Core Health, we are able to bring together world-class experts in many areas to care for you. 

We develop a personalized care plan for you that doesn’t just focus on doing things to you.  Rather, we work together to help improve your life using a wide range of available options.

If you have a hernia, we care about the quality of care we deliver to you and we want to ensure you do well in the long run—not just after having an operation. Ohio State serves as the Data Coordination Center of the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC).  The AHSQC is a national quality improvement effort in hernia surgery that strives to improve care delivered to you and to thousands of patients like you around the country.

Being a leader in research, Ohio State offers you the chance to participate in cutting edge research studies to improve knowledge about Abdominal Core Health to benefit future generations.

Browse videos from our experts

What is abdominal core health?

Benjamin Poulose, MD, co-director of the Center for Abdominal Core Health, explains the new concept of abdominal core health and how it connects to overall gastrointestinal health.

Misconceptions about hernias

Jeffrey Janis, MD, co-director of the Center for Abdominal Core Healthexplains common misconceptions about surgical mesh.

Why choose Ohio State for hernia care?

Benjamin Poulose, MD, a general surgeon specializing in hernia repair and abdominal core health, explains the high-quality hernia care at Ohio State.

What to expect for your abdominal wall surgery

Jeffrey Janis, MD, co-director of the Center for Abdominal Core Health, explains what you can expect during your abdominal wall reconstruction surgery and the recovery process afterward. 

Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative

Dr. Poulose explains the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative and Ohio State's critical role as the data coordination center.
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