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.

Specialties
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General Surgery

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Enlarged opening: A hiatal hernia occurs when the normal opening in the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to pass through stretches out and allows the stomach to hern... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Unknown : There are factors thought to be associated with the development of an aortic aneurysm such as genetic problems with an enzyme called elastase, other t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hopefully none: The goals of hernia operstion are to relieve symptoms and rpevent problems related to the hernia wothout long term bad effects. As always however, so... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Possible: A hernia in the groin is usually associated with a lump. You should get an exam by your doctor to find out if it persists or gets worse.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Paraesophageal : Large hiatal hernias, also known as a paraesophageal hernia, can cause the symptoms. These types of hernias can also cause anemia from a occult bleedi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hole: There's a hole in the abdominal wall muscles through which abdominal contents can protrude. Best to see a doctor for an exam and more information. Tha... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Classically this was demonstrated in the pima indian population, but it is common to have a familial trend in non-native americans as well.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
It happens: Large hiatal hernias known as paraesophageal hernias can cause ulcers due to the stomach twisting back and forth. These are known as cameron's erosion... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Yes, but...: As long as there is no discomfort, you can attend physical therapy. This however will not fix the hernia. The only way to accomplish that is with an o... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Mostly intestines: Usually the intestines are most affected by adhesions, but in theory, other organs could be as well. When intestines are affected, adhesions can cause... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Crohn's: This is typically used as another name for crohn's disease. This is potentially serious, and sometimes requires medical treatment or surgery to keep i... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Stretched opening : There is normally an opening in the diaphragm to allow passage of the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This opening, also c... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Nonspecific: Those symptoms don't point to a specific diagnosis, and are unlikely related to the hernia repair, but details of the hernia repair might help make th... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Ventral Hernia: This is a hole, or series of holes, in the front of the abdominal wall through which abdominal contents such as fat and intestines can pass through, a... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: Not all hernia operations are the same. Generally, open inguinal hernia repair is 2-4 weeks, and lap inguinal is 1-2 weeks. Ventral hernia repair is s... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Often: Ct scan is a very good way to detect pancreatic cancer, but there are a few caveats. One, no test is 100% accurate. Two, some cancers may not be detec... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
As tolerated : You should base your activity on the discomfort you are having from the hernia. If it hurts, ease up, if not go ahead.
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Not normal: Sound like an infected collection of blood under the skin, called a hematoma. Usually the treatment is to open the wound an let it heal by itself from... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Anatomy: The cords that the testicles hang from ( like a light bulb hanging from a cord) come from inside the abdomen, in a location called the space of retziu... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Something else?: Maybe something else is going on. Go back and see your doctor for a follow up exam ( the one that have you the antibiotics). Ask about the possibility... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Normal : It is very common to have some fluid drain out the opening where the drain was removed for a short period of time. Keep an absorbant pad over it to wi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Nonspecific : If associated with vomiting and diarrhea, could just be the stomach flu. If it gets worse, or he cannot stay hydrated, he should be seen by a doctor a... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Possible, but...: Anything is possible, but usually only large abdominal or hiatal hernias cause symptoms in chest wall. You doctor should be able to help.
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
As tolerated: All food and drink should be in moderation, and as tolerated. Gallbladder pain usually occurs 30-45 min. After ingestion, so if it doesn't cause a pro... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Stones: Gallbladders can go bad if they are brought up in a broken home with bad parents. Seriously, gallstones are typically the cause for inflammation of th... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Probably: The only treatment for a femoral (or any) hernia is an operation. Femoral hernias are generally considered to be higher risk for problems compared to ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Not usually: Hemorrhoid surgery should be done by a general or colorectal surgeon. This could be combined with the vaginal procedure, but needs to be arranged in a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hole: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall or diaphragm through which intra-abdominal organs may pass. I the stomach is involved, it is usually a hiatal... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: Primary reasons to fix a hernia are symptom relief and preventing it from getting worse. It's up to where to take a chance - with observation or surge... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
No: Biliary dyskinesia as it is known has no relationship to the development of any type of pancreatic cancer.
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
It will pass: This can happen randomly after many types of operations within the abdomen. Make sure you stay well hydrated an hang in there. May take several weeks... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
See your surgeon: This may be due to normal swelling due to the proliferative wound healing phase, and often referred to as a "healing ridge". Could also be that the at... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Anything: The presence of a hiatal hernia does not preclude you from taking any type of pain medication. Mitigating factors would be peptic ulcer disease, aller... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Of course: Obviously the hernia repair doesn't affect the ability to become pregnant. Factors important to consider for pregnancy after hernia repair are locatio... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
More info: Sounds like you are getting info from your ob. If the hernia is a diaphragmatic hernia, it could be serious. You may want to inquire about the hernia ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
No, and yes: No, it doesn't necessarily mean an abscess, but it could turn in to one. Yes, the infection did not spill into the entire abdominal cavity. In this si... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Maybe: Depends on how long it has been there, how much it bothers you, how long you will be gone, and whether or not you will be in a location with access to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Common: Having a "bloated stomach" after abdominal surgery is very common. It may take a few more weeks to go back to normal. If there was a kink in the intes... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Call her doctor: If the pain is truly severe, call your doctor an get seen today. Could be an ulcer from the stress if the illness, and you don't want that to get wors... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
More risky: Surgey up front is a very safe and effective option for treating appendicitis. Antibiotics can work, but then the question will always remain, when is... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Surgical Consult: I'm sorry to hear you are having problems with your hiatal hernia. Maybe you should see a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Unclear : Not sure if you mean the skin is split open, or as in the case of a large inguinal hernia, the scrotum could swell and become larger than the penis, p... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Nonspecific : Your symptoms are nonspecific fr any particular diagnosis, and it is too complex for this forum. That location is common for diverticulitis, inflammat... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Possible, unlikely: A cough can be caused by many things, gerd being one of them. Not sure how you know your had gastritis, but that is not linked to gerd or a cough. E... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Maybe: If you think this is related to your operation, it could indicate an injury in the vas deferens. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam and discussion... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Doubtful: Sports hernia is a term used or groin pain in athletes that may be attributable to a hernia, or musculoskeletal inflammation from the adductor tendon,... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Give it time: May be a sign of uncoordinated bowel function called am ileus. It will pass, just need time.
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A member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Incisional hernia: If you developed this after an operation on the kidney, the sutures have probably pulled through the tissue and caused the muscles to pull apart, crea... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
DVT or normal : Not sure exactly what the question is, but if you had an operation 3 weeks ago, and you have swelling in your ankles and feet, it is probably a normal... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
Constipation: This is a comes problem with many potential causes. First make sure to drink enough fluids. If that doesn't work, continue to do so, but also try som... Read More
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Testimonials
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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
Dr. Martin Fried
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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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have a muscle hernia on my anterior tibialis and is very painful . Seeing the ortho who has operated for a broken leg fri .gives me hope!!

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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