Dr. Heather Evans is a general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive groin hernia (rupture) surgery, including newer robotic surgical approaches. While she has performed over 300 laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs (TEP), she also performs open hernia surgery, working with patients to choose the hernia operation best suited for them. Dr. Evans' practice also includes the care of patients with ventral and incisional hernias that can develop after open abdominal surgery. She coaches patients on pre-operative conditioning in order to prepare them for the surgery and its recovery. Dr. Evans offers both open and robotic-assisted ventral hernia repairs, choosing the best approach based on prior surgery, the size of hernia and other conditions. In some cases, she advises patients on how to manage hernias without surgery. Each patient has their own story, and she considers the unique risks and needs of each person who comes to her clinic.
The COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges to, but also new opportunities for the care of surgical patients. Dr. Evans is pleased to offer both new patient consultations and post-surgical visits via telemedicine, providing convenience and additional clinic capacity. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance recently featured a story about her adoption of video visits (Seeing a doctor without leaving home gets a lot more popular during pandemic). If you are interested in whether remote pre-operative visits are right for you, please contact Dr. Evans' office for more information.
Dr. Evans earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Virginia and a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle WA, where she worked for 10 years prior to coming to MUSC. In addition to her elective surgery practice, Dr. Evans cares for trauma and surgical emergencies and provides surgical critical care at MUSC's level 1 trauma center in downtown Charleston.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Evans has worked with patients, nurses, doctors and other researchers to create mobile health solutions to improve the care of surgical site infections (www.mpowercare.org). Dr. Evans’ work has been featured on National Public Radio, in the Seattle Times, the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, as well as on iHeart Radio and Al Jazeera America. With a grant from the CDC, she studied how patients are using their ownmobile phones to help surgeons detect and monitor post-operative wound infections. She is currently working with the MUSC Center for Telehealth on a new remote wound monitoring program for surgical patients, building on thesuccessful MUSC remote patient monitoring system for people with COVID-19.