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June is National Hernia Month

Murray Hill, NJ -- June 03, 2002 -- Each year, more than five million people in the United States suffer from a hernia, yet less than one million people will seek treatment annually, according to C. R. Bard, Inc. (BCR:NYSE).

Physicians believe that hundreds of thousands of people forgo surgery primarily out of fear of a painful procedure and long recovery period. Now, new advances in hernia repair make today's surgery a more appealing option as compared to traditional hernia surgery: it is a quick, minimally invasive procedure, with faster recovery time, and minimal pain. Hernia repair procedures using a tension-free technique help eliminate the strain on surrounding muscles and ligaments, therefore reducing postoperative pain. Each procedure is performed in an outpatient setting in approximately 30 minutes. Using a tension-free technique allows a patient to walk out of the treatment facility usually within one to two hours. Because this technique dramatically reduces the pain associated with recovery, the vast majority of patients resume normal, everyday activities quickly, often within a day or two of surgery.

A hernia is the protrusion of an organ or tissue through a hole in the body, occurring when the intestine pushes through the abdominal wall primarily near the navel or groin. Hernias can cause pain and discomfort and may be life-threatening. Surgery is the only cure for a hernia, and ignoring the symptoms can lead to more serious health complications. For more information on advances in hernia repair, patients can log onto www.herniainfo.com and search for a doctor in a specific area, explore surgical treatment options, and get answers to frequently asked questions about hernia repair.

C. R. Bard (www.crbard.com), headquartered in Murray Hill, New Jersey, is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer, and marketer of health care products in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology, and surgical specialty products.


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Primary Media Relations Contact

Scott Lowry
Vice President and Treasurer
C. R. Bard, Inc.
730 Central Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974

Tel: 908-277-8365