Dr. Kevin Hiler

General Surgery
San Francisco, CA
44 years experience male

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General Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

101 Answers
27 Agrees
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Drug therapy: Somebdrugs help but if this fails then surgery becomes theblast option.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Depends on surgery: In general no unless talking prostate surgery.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Small incision: Patient ha smaller incision, less pain more rapid recovery.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Lynch syndrome: Genetic risk is definite risk for early colorectal cancer.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Infection of breast: Localized infection of breast most common with breast feeding.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Excellent: Depends on type f surgery but most elective surgery carries a risk of mortality far less than 1%.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Nothing: A brief stoppage of the dru is not a problem, just resume it at your normal dose.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Depends on respond: If your pneumothorax completely resolved and your chest x-ray is clear it will be safe to fly as a passenger. The altitude would only be a factor if y... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Depends: If only to treat the endometriosis, would try medical management first. If the endometriosis is not symptomatic then i would not recommend surgery. If... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Mucous is normal in the early postop period and should resolve as the wound heals.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Normal lump: The lump is mst likely a "healing ridge" which is a construction site of repair which will dsappear in the next couple of months. It s a good sign of ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Needle aspiration: Only aspiration or re excision both with a rate of recurrence.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Depends on source of gastritis but is a common component. Meds to treat can also causevnausea.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Removal is optional : Optional as long as you are not having symptoms.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: You need to be careful not to raise your blood pressure and a lot depends on where your aneurysm is. Would talk to your vascular surgeon before procee... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Further workup: Your abdominal pain is not defined as to location, character, frequency or agravating or alleviating factors. What gastric study?Ultrasound? Endoscopy... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
2 months: The exact time for repair has not been studied but two months is reasonable.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Maybe: May be within normal limits but could represent a number of issues well discussed in this link http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0014910/ i... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Patience: Usually this resolves with time--several months. Assuming all diagnostic tests are negative.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Rule out gall stones: This s classic for gallstones with chronic cholecystitis, get abdominal ultrasound and possibly a hida scan.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Unable to answer: Without a family history, age, better definition of symptoms and history of colonoscopy we cant't answer. You are 22 so the likelihood of colon or sto... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Cyst to be excised: Assuming it will be removed under local anesthesia, you will have only the pain with the injection of the local anesthetic. After that you will feel n... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
No : Lead toxicity would require exposure over time. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Check with your doct: Not sure where it s but lumps are in general better off being checked.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Right treatment: Spontaneous pneumo is usually due to a weak area (bullae) in the edge of the lung. Chest tube for 1st attack(these hurt while in). If recurs then usua... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Less pain and rapid healing with a 10% recurrence rate.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Psyllium, injections: Baseline is psyllium therapy with fluids, probably resolves 85% of cases. If this fails then often injection sclerotherapy or banding works. If the he... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Possible kidnestones: Would get evaluated for possible kidney stone.
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Fat intolerance: A very small percentage of patients <10% will not handle high fat intake postop. Often they had the same symptoms before taking out the gallbladder bu... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
It is very unlikely: The incidence of breast cancer lifetime is 1 in 8 for someone with no risk factors. You could be the first in your family but you have a 7 out 8 chanc... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Needs more evaluatio: Most likely will be non-cancerous but need an ultrasound and probably a core- biopsy (large needle). Hard to redact without seeing the films.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Most go home: Most cholecystectomy are laparoscopic and go home the same day or at least the next day with a quick one week recovery.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
May take decades: Many hiatal hernias are a symptomatic. Most commonly they become associated with symptoms of acid reflux disease. Indications for operation are relate... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Possble Interstitial cystiti: Is possible to have symptoms of urgency and burning and the need to go frequently secondary to an inflammatory condition of the bowel known as interst... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
See your doctor today: There a number of possible reasons for this symptom complex. Gallbladder inflammation and stones is the first to come to mind. Acute cholecystitis can... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Yes : It is possible to transfer hpv to different sites by touch but certain subtypes prefer different body areas making the possibility of transference les... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
No rip, normal pregn: Assuming an inguinal or umbilical hernia you should have no problems. Your hernia should not recur. The tissues will adapt. You may have some local ac... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Could be from back: This sounds like either back pain radiating to the hip or pain from the hip itself. I would see you primary physician and possibly an orthopedist.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Psyllium: While you cannot get the hemorrhoids to disappear, they often become asymptomatic when metamucil and increased water is used daily. Stay away from ch... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
No: If it controls your symptoms it is appropriate therapy. I assume there is planned follow up with endoscopy to monitor your progress.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
No: Most likely something going on with hip. Would get orthopedic consultation re: hip
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A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Yes it is safe: There is no contraindication of a barium swallow because of appendectomy. I assume it is being done because of heartburn, difficulty swallowing or upp... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Excitement: My experience is that most donors are excited andvsatifiedvthatvthe could help someone else.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Infection of breast: Localized infection of breast most common with breast feeding.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Carefully handing: Iv antibiotic and gentle tissue handling.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Yes but not likely: Routine gallstones are very uncommon. Typically stones in kids are related to hemolytic diseases such as sickle cell. There are case reports of parasi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Adrenal gland: This is associated with a mass or hyperplasia of the adrenal gland with elevation of your norepinephrine levels.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Removes toxin: It is an IV treatment to remove toxins but has limited clinical indication.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Go with your gut: Family medicine deals with lots of chronic issues which often have no clear resolution. General surgery focuses on short term problems with a clearer ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 44 years experience
Ask your doctor: You need to feel comfortable with you therapist. Ask for a referral till you find one you are comfortable with.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hiler is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hiler is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Ps the hernia is the size of a grapefruit and the mesh almost covers my whole stomach. Thanks
HealthTap member
yes I allredy have a hiatal hernia have had it for years sous it need to be repaired its giving me a lot of trouble here lately
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Thanks for your quick reply! I am in excruciating pains and am missing work due to it. I need all the advice I can get Doctor.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

Saint Mary's hospital & Medical Center

Awards

Top General Surgeon , First Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Breast Surgeons
American Society of General Surgeons
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