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Dr. Janet Meller

Pediatric Surgery
Amarillo, TX
42 years experience

Locations

Office

Amarillo, TX

Address

1901 Medi Park Dr #2051, Amarillo, TX
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About

Bio

Born in Chicago, Illlinois. Worked in academic medicine til 2001. Worked in private practice in Chicago suburbs until 2009. Relocated to Amarillo, Texas, where I am now in academic practice at Texas Tech University.

Specialties
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Pediatric Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

52 Answers
19 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Its easy to correct!: Pyloric stenosis occurs in infants between 2 weeks and 3 months of age. In this condition the muscle at the place where the stomach empties is thicke... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Pectus excavatum does not cause asthma.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Antibiotics: Antibiotics can be used to treat nec.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Excercise is excellent for patients with pectus excavatum.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Cover intestines: In gastroschisis, the intestines are uncovered. To cover the intestines, they can be returned directly to the abdomen in the operating room immediatel... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Omphalocele can be diagnosed with a prenatal ultrasound.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: In gastroschisis, the intestines are completely exposed to the environment, therefore, they must be covered with a silastic container or returned to t... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Pyloric stenosis is not associated with problems as an adult.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: If you are born with omphalocele, the abdominal wall may be deficient and therefore you may be at risk for hernia in your incision.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Pediatric surgeon: A specialist in pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, or cardiothoracic surgery can repair pectus excavatum.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Occasionally: Very rarely the intestines are so badly damaged, or infection sets in that can cause patients with gastroschisis to die.
A member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Usually not: Usually contrast enema is a diagnostic tool. Occasionally it can be used as a treatment.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Unlikely: Hernias may recur. Also, they are more common in some people with some rare connective tissue disorders.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: A bochdalek hernia is a congenital hernia or defect of the diaphragm. It always requires surgical closure.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Children are usually born with hernias.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Early appendicitis can be difficult to separate from run of the mill stomach ache however it quickly increases in severity and locates to the right lo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Undescended testes can lose spermatic function and have an increased risk of developing a malignancy.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Congenital anomaly: Hirschsprung disease is a congenital anomaly of the large intestine that results in difficulty passing stool. It is treated with an operation.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Partially: Cocaine use during pregnancy can increase the risk of nec. The exact cause of nec is not really known however an association between an injury to the ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
At diagnosis: If your baby has truly been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia as opposed to an umbilical hernia or a hydrocele, then surgery should be performed.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: If your "dent" or pectus excavatum is not causing any problems then no treatment may be needed.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Usually it is an isolated event.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Untreated hernias can enlarge or cause bowel blockage.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Repair at age 3: If your son is older than 3 years, it should be repaired.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Sometimes these occur as isolated events and sometimes other organ systems are involved.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Around 72 hours: Appendicitis can progress to rupture after 48- 72 hours, however, every case is unique.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Nothing: Pyloric stenosis is not known to be associated with any problems during pregnancy.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Unknown: The cause of gastroschisis is unknown.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Patients who have imperforate anus may sometimes require a colostomy for a short time however the operation to construct an anal opening is permanent.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Sometimes: Depending on the surgical approach, patients may not have a normal appearing umbilicus.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Gastroschisis is not associated with advanced maternal age.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Patients should have a normal life after repair of gastroschisis.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Close with stitches: In children, an incision is made under the navel, and the opening is closed with some stitches.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: Sometimes omphalocele is associated with a chromosomal abnormality. It can also be associated with a gene mutation. But it can also occur for no appar... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Intussuception can be treated by using a hydrostatic enema with xray or ultrasound guidance. Sometimes surgery is needed.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Gastroschisis treated as a newborn can increase the risk of developing an intestinal obstruction due to scarring, however this is rare.
A member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: In children below age 4 with less than 2 prior episodes of intussuception diagnosed by ultrasound or contrast enema (an x-ray exam) who do not have pe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Appendicitis can occur at any age. Cases have even been reported in infants.
A member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
They can: Certain anomalies are not treatable, however these are rare.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Pyloric stenosis is a problem that occurs in infants from 2-12 weeks of age. It is a blockage at the outlet of the stomach caused by thickened muscle.... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Usually not: Many people have lymph nodes that can be felt. This can result from common problems like allergies. If they are rapidly growing it can be a sign of a ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Not usually: Hydrocele which is fluid around the testicle does not usually cause symptoms unless it arises suddenly which may cause discomfort from stretching of t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
2% of people: Meckel's diverticulum is a congenital anomaly of development of the intestine. It is present in 2% of the population. Symptoms from it are also rare,... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: You can resume your normal diet.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Umbilical hernias are unlikely to cause a problem in infancy. Usually they go away without treatment by age 3. You should not keep trying to push it i... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly: Occasionally, hernias in children can cause abdominal pain, however this is uncommon.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Most likely: Unless there was a rare complication of the hernia getting stuck, there is no urgency to repair of an umbilical hernia.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Meconium plug syndrome can occur as an isolated event. It can also be associated with other genetic conditions such as hirschsprung disease.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
No: Neuroblastoma is treated with a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Meller
Pediatric Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Some forms of imperforate anus can be treated with dilation or stretching.

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, IL
Graduated 1980MD

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