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Dr. David Earle

General Surgery
North Chelmsford, MA
33 years experience male

Locations

New England Hernia Center

North Chelmsford, MA

Address

20 Research Place, Suite 130, North Chelmsford, MA, United States
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Earle is the director of the New England Hernia Center, and Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has dedicated his career to research, education, device development, and patient care focused on hernia disease and benign esophageal disorders. He is involved in guideline development, and worked as a Medical Officer for the FDA in 2017. His love of travel has led him to teach hernia disease and minimally invasive surgery on 5 continents, primarily as a volunteer. His personal time is spent with family, or participating in photography, mountain biking, golf, and mountaineering.

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General Surgery

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Variable: You can think of you trunk as a steel drum. The sides are string, and the top and bottom are weaker. Hiatal hernia repair involves the top of the drum... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: It is possible to have that particular list of medical problems at the same time, but there is not necessarily as cause and effect relationship among ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
No : The only "cure" for hernia is a surgical procedure. There are many options however, so make sure you see someone up to date, and someone that is famil... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: This is normal, and will take 2-4 weeks to go away. Worse with coughing and sneezing is also normal. Hope this helps!
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A female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Nope: If you haven't done a CCK HIDA, consider that, but instruct the patient to pay attention as to whether or not the CCK reproduces the pain. If so, ther... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Need exam: Can't really tell without an exam. See your primary care for one, and ask if a dermatology consultation is appropriate. Hope this helps!
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Should be ok: Having your appendix out 3 days before a c-section shouldn't impact your ability to get pregnant again. If you're having trouble, see your OB or a fer... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Its possible.: A break is possible, but its more likely a sprain (ligament injury). Ice, rest, ace wrap (not too right), elevate above the level of your heart when y... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Pimple?: COuld be a pimple. Keep an eye on it. If your worried, or it's getting worse, see your primary care provider for an exam. OK to try warm compresses - ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
No absolutes: Is it safe? Only if you don't crash, or have too long a ride on rough water, etc. Physical activity is ok while you're pregnant, but use common sense... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Ask oncologist: You should ask your oncologist, and/or the oncology nurses. They will have a better sense of what type of diet you should be on based on patient feed... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Complex issue: Ask your doctor if physical therapy or an MRI is appropriate. Also, look at your caffeine intake and stress level. Reducing these may help. If there'... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
One beer daily: One beer daily is probably ok, but don't forget that moderation is key. If you did this for the rest of your life from age 22, that's a lot of beer. I... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Complex: Snoring is a complex issue, but very treatable in many cases. See a sleep expert, or an ENT surgeon for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps!
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Surgery: Pilonidal cysts are generally only cured by surgical excision of the area, and can recur however uneven if this is done. See a surgeon with experience... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Unknown : Usually febrile illnesses in children last days to weeks depending one jay the diagnosis is. The fever lasts typically in terms of a few days. The bes... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Discuss w/doctor: This is a complex scenario, and requires much more information and thoughtful consideration than a short answer online forum. Discuss this with your d... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
No: Stress does not cause aneurysms. Stress can however cause high blood pressure, which may be prone to burst an aneurysm if it already exists. Headaches... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
MRI best: An MRI is usually the best test to look for muscular and spinal abnormalities. The details and physics of MRI are complicated, but basically use magn... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hernia?: Any mention of groin pain raises the possibility of a hernia, which would typically be associated with a lump that is larger with standing and coughin... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Shouldn't matter: Slowly stretching your torso shouldn't put you at risk for internal bleeding. This is usually something that happens after a sharp blow to the trunk. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Stress?: Could be related to stress or over activity. Try massage and warm compress. If severe or persistent, see your primary care for a proper evaluation. Ho... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hard to know: Hepatitis C is a complex disease, and every individual responds to the virus, and treatment differently. Ask the GI liver specialist you are seeing wh... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Antacids: Anti-acid meds such as tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, maalox. You may also want to consider seeing a laparoscopic general surgeon with experience ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Cancer unlikely : Typically ovarian cancer has no symptoms until they are very advanced. Your symptoms are nonspecific, an don't point towards a single diagnosis. Ask y... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Sounds ok: If you've had two physicians look at it, and test it, and there is no evidence of anything dangerous, and you don't have any problem from this, I woul... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Variable: While everyone is different, the wounds and healin process should be about 90% complete in the 6-8 week timeframe. It is common however to become easi... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Muscle spasm?: If it is associated with intermittent frequency, and a firm area of muscle that gets better with massage, could be a trunk muscle spasm. Hiatal hernia... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Call your surgeon: Best to call your surgeon and ask. If they don't know, call your primary care. While it ahould be ok, therws way too much to consider in a short answe... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Pharmacist : I would suggest calling the pharmacist where you filled the prescriptions, so they can take in to account all your medications regarding potential int... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Gallbladder: The gallbladder is on the right side, so it would be unlikely to be the cause of left sides pain. There is a rare entity known as situs inversus where... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Its possible: Depends on the size of the hernia. It also depends on the characteristics if the pain. Could also be esophageal spasm. Ask your doctor if an esophagea... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Dermatology: If it's bothering you that much, and what you have appropriately tried has not worked, consider a dermatology consultation. They may be able to come u... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Shouldn't: While the pelvis is all interconnected, the pubic bone is in the front, and shouldn't cause swelling. It is curious why you think this joint is unstab... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
No: Your throat won't close, but could have the sensation it will. If in fact your symptoms are GERD related, ask your doctor if an endoscopic (Stretta) o... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Time: This should get better with time. Probably just a muscles contusion, or bruising. If persists for weeks to months, and inhibits daily activity, see yo... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Very unlikely: I have done operations on hundreds of patients with reflux disease under general anesthesia without consequence. While there is never a guarantee, the... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Probably ok: This is probably just fine, but I would never make that assumption, and would say to see your primary care for a more complete evaluation. Be sure to ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Microscopic hematuria: It means there are red blood cells in the urine. This is not normal, and needs to be evaluated. MAke sure to follow up with the doctor that ordered t... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Adhesion?: More likely it was an adhesion, or scar tissue. To be sure, ask our surgeon. Hope this helps!
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Follow-up: You need to follow up with your primary care provider, and bring the report of the hospital doctor with you, along with the test results. If you don;t... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Unclear: I'm not exactly sure what your asking about, but if you think you have a hernia, ask your primary care for a referral to a general surgeon. You can fi... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Surgery?: May need a surgical procedure and/or physical therapy. Best to see a hand surgeon for a more complete evaluation. You can then make a more informed de... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Not true: GERD is caused by contents in the stomach coming up through the esophagus, which in turn has a poorly understood cause. We think it is probably due to... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Not to worry: This common symptom known as the globus sensation is not dangerous. While it certainly feels like something is in the throat, there is nothing there. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
See your doctor: It is common for GERD medication to work for a period of time, then stop working. Unknown why this happens. See your doctor to try a different dose, f... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Stone?: May have been a stone blocking the salivary duct. If the stone passed, pain should resolve. If it remains a problem, consider seeing your primary care... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Complex: Hiatal hernia is a spectrum of disease from mild with no symptoms, to a severe, life threatening condition. Large hernias are also called paraesophage... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Musculoskeletal : Likely due to muscle strain or use. Very unlikely to be related to hiatal hernia. If it persists or gets worse or limits your activities, see your pri... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: Small hiatal hernias are nothing to weepy about, and can be associated with reflux disease, but not necessarily in a cause-effect relationship. Large ... Read More
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Apr 13, 2013
I enjoy reading Dr. Earle's answers and find myself agreeing and often learninfg something. He is clear, thorough and up to date. I recommend him as an excellent resource for your surgical questions
Nov 7, 2014
he is a surgical expert who is knowledgeableGroin hernia, Hiatal hernia, Hernia repair, Hernia, Gastroesophageal reflux disease We are fortunate to have him contributing to the health tap community.
Oct 23, 2013
Fast, Fantastic answers to often complex questions, truly an asset to the Medical Community. A true national leader in General Surgery.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks I will ask the ENT at my follow up. He gave me dexamethasone. Not sure why. My throat can feel ok but when I work out and after sleep it really triggers it and...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much I had no idea what it was and its been bothering me.getting worse lately so thank you I I will take your advice a seak a general surgeon...again tha...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Much appreciated. It is a complicated reply to understand well enough. But this is ok. Good that the surgical oncologist is at a major medical center.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arizona College of Medicine, AZ
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

NY

Awards

Associate Professor of Surgery Tufts University School of Medicine
Top Doctor, First Place, Springfield, MA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Springfield, MA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
American Hernia Society

Publications

Prospective evaluation of poly-4-hydroxybutyrate mesh in CDC class I/high-risk ventral and incisional hernia repair: 18-month follow-up.
SAGES guidelines for laparoscopic ventral hernia repair.
Development of a rapid response plan for intraoperative emergencies: the Circulate, Scrub, and Technical Assistance Team.
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