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Dr. Benjamin Lerner

Vascular Surgery
Seattle, WA
19 years experience male

About

Bio

Dr. Benjamin Lerner is a board-certified vascular and general surgeon. He earned his medical degree from the University Of Wisconsin School Of Medicine in Madison, Wisconsin, following which he completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. There, he became the chief surgical resident and later, he completed a two-year vascular and endovascular fellowship. He spent six months as the Specialist Registrar in Vascular Surgery at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, England. While there, Dr. Lerner was asked by the president of the Royal College of Surgeons to address the College on the state of American surgical training. He is an avid rower and baseball fan, he enjoys hiking with his dog, and continuing his work on writing his elusive first novel. Dr Lerner lives in Seattle with his wife, however despite his love for his new hometown his allegiance to his beloved Green Bay Packers remains unwavering.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Vascular Surgery

General Surgery

Radiology - interventional

Wound care

wound care

Doctor Q&A

446 Answers
403 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Stroke: If a clot travels to your brain, you are at risk of having a stroke.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Vascular surgeons: Typically a vascular surgeon would perform open varicose vein surgery, however many general or plastic surgeons are trained and skilled in varicose ve... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes to all....: Dvt can be a life threatening condition if untreated and it progresses to pulmonary embolism. That is why anticoagulation is critical. Patients who ar... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Usually the lungs: Most emboli from the legs are caught in the pulmonary circulation -- a condition call pulmonary embolism. We likely have many small, microscopic embol... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on symptoms: If the occlusion has been present for a long time, and you have no problems in your hand, no treatment may be needed. If, on the other hand, a clot ha... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Post-thrombotic : Post-thrombotic syndrome is the result of a DVT injuring the valves in your veins, which leads to venous insufficiency. This can lead to a cascade of ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: There are a lot of factors, including what risk factor you have that caused your doctor to use clexane in the first place, however even with anticoagu... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: They can be taken together.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Several reasons: Compression helps with the swelling of a clot, but also helps reduce the risk of valve damage and what we call post-thrombotic syndrome, which can cau... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Both on the disease and on the surgeon -- trained surgeons have excellent result with bypass to the lad.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
No blood test: There is no blood test that will determine if you have appendicitis. It is unusual to have waxing and waning symptoms with appendicitis -- it typicall... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Crossing your legs is probably ok, but the immobility combined with your polycythemia definitely will increase your risk of dvt. Ambulate early and of... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Probably not: It depends on what deratome you had your shingles in, but it would be unusual to have a vascular finding following shingles.
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
See below: It depends on what you mean by "buzzing". Obviously normal bowel function can create sensations. If you are very thin, you could potentially feel the ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Not normal, but...: ...Possible. There is a rich neural supply at the bifurcation of the carotid, where your surgeon would have removed your tumor. There can be fluctuati... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Aside from your typical vaccinations, the cdc recommends hep a and b, typhoid, and rabies vaccine. You should also probably be aware there is a cho... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
No: You are doing everything correctly, assuming your inr is therapeutic. No form of anti coagulation has proven better than another for portal vein thomb... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Probably OK: It is unlikely that jeans can ever create the degree of compression needed to affect circulation, and we in fact use compression to help treat patient... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Aneurysm??: If a 19 yo was diagnosed with an aneurysm much more information is needed. You should ask your doctor about the asthma and bronchitis, your ability to... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: There is no interaction between warfarin and morphine.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Pressure and time: All venous bleeding will stop with pressure, elevation, and time. That said, active bleeding should be evaluated, and while you are holding pressure y... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: A fecalith, or a ball of stool, can obstruct the appendix and cause it to become inflamed, leading to appendicitis.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: A simple wound infection is treated with antibiotics, however if there is a deeper abscess, this will need to be drained.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Some endocrine tumors can be seen on imaging such as ultrasound (ie thyroid) or ct, whereas some endocrine tumors are best detected with lab work. You... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Post-thrombotic snd: The first concern is that you may have a recurrence of your clot, however more likely you now have some degree of venous insufficiency -- damage to th... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Methotrexate does lower your immunity temporarily--if you are concerned about infection, you should speak to your doctor.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Abscess?: You could have developed an infection there. If you are having fevers or other symptoms, you should see your surgeon.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Tortacollis?: Many things can cause muscle reactions in the neck, and some of these can be reactions to new medications. You should be evaluated by your local gp.
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Postthrombotic snd: The reason for the compression is to attempt to prevent damage to the valves in your veins which can lead to long term swelling and potential skin pro... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Horrible idea: Smoking increases your risk of further clot, and makes your pulmonary sx worse. Please stop.
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Worth checking: While the coolness in your foot may be unrelated to your DVT or your operation, you could have peripheral vascular disease. You should talk to your do... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Many people can either block one carotid, or have one carotid occluded surgically (ie for trauma or ecmo) and go on to live normal lives and never kno... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
No: Heat can be very soothing for muscles, but if it is too hot, or if you have decreased sensation, a burn can develop and this is dangerous.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Resistant bug: You may have a bacteria resistant to the antibiotic you are on, or you may have developed an abscess (infected pocket) that antibiotics do not treat. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Maybe: Immobility is a risk factor in dvt, and we often warn patients on long flights to move often. A good rule is to stand and stretch every few hours if y... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly normal: The blood flow to the arm returns to the heart through veins which enter at or around your arm pit. If you are thin, these may be quite visible. If th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Many things: If by "thick" you mean prone to clot, then it can be genetics, medications or hormones. The most common way people "thicken" their blood, however is s... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: There is no interaction.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Great, but....: The big question is why does such a young person have an aneurysm in the first place? That will likely determine how well you do in the long term.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Probably not: Renal artery disease can cause high blood pressure or kidney failure. These can in turn cause a variety of other problems, but there is no direct conn... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Many things: This could be many things ranging from totally normal aortic pulses to an aneurysm -- at 45 yo, in the absence of a family history, you are at very lo... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Maybe, but....: That is not a reason not to drain an abscess. Often a large amount of inflammation accompanies an abscess, and there can be some bleeding, but a true ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly a clot: You should see your doctor. They will want to check if you have blood in your stool.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Infiltrated IV: Yes, this can happen. If an IV becomes dislodged from a vein and fluid runs in, it builds up in the tissue and causes the swelling. As long as it is j... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Talk to a surgeon: You are right to associate the calcified plaque with the TIA -- and this is certainly possible. However just because it is there, doesn't mean it is c... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
I suppose: But that is what makes it a false negative, right?
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Thrombophlebitis: Superficial veins can develop clots in them called "superficial thrombophlebtitis" -- this is typically not dangerous, and should get better with Motr... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: There is no contraindication to sexual activity if you have a hernia.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Shouldn't : Coffee itself is essentially free of calories. Any weight gain would come from what you add to the coffee.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Unknown: As a general rule, if your medication has been altered from its manufactured form, it should probably not be taken.

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Testimonials
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Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Lerner is a highly capable, skillful, and tender vascular surgeon. Dan Downey MD FACS www.dr-downey.com
Mar 6, 2013
caring, and knowledgeable. What more can you ask for?
Dr. Mark Brakstad
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor.EXCELLENT SURGEON
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Univeristy of Wisconsin
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

The Medical College of Wisconsin

Residency

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

2013 "Top Doctors", Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
HealthTap Top Doctor, Winter 2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Washington - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
The Society for Vascular Surgery
Seattle Surgical Society
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