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Dr. Benjamin Lerner

Vascular Surgery
Seattle, WA
21 years experience male

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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

361 Answers
321 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
It can be treated: And it is probably the other way around -- clot in the legs has spread (or embolized) to the lungs. This can be treated with blood thinners and occasi... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Popliteal?: Commonly an aneurysm of the popliteal artery in the leg will clot off, or thrombose. This can lead to leg pain.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Any oral contraceptive can increase your risk of dvt, some more than others, and other part of your history (ie a personal history of DVT or genetic c... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Several ways: Immediately, we perform an angiogram to assess how good the angioplasty was. Later, pressures can be measured in the leg that angioplasty was performe... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Bleeding: Botox is delivered subcutaneously with a needle, and depending on your inr, you are at an increased risk of local bleeding at the injection site. You ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Not easily: Implantable metal can (and is) removed for serious complications, usually infection. This is not a simple procedure, and you will need something in it... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Slightly: People with high hematocrit levels have a higer viscosity of their blood, and this can cause dvt. You should talk to your doctor about the risks and b... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Great Question!: The problem in ta is not the lack of blood flow through the temporal artery, but rather the inflammation that causes it, which is systemic. We remove ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No: Not an air embolism, but if you have neurological symptoms following a neck manipulation, you should probably get evaluated.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Go to the ER: Hemoptysis can be completely normal, particularly in dry, cold air. But I am very concerned about the shortness of breath. You need to be evaluated.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Many possibilities: Many different blood disorders can cause bleeding gums such as leukemia, thrombocytopenia, or lymphoma. Scurvy, a vitamin c deficiency, is also charac... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No one knows: A lot of research is ongoing into the radiation from everyday devices. The fcc has to certify almost every radiation producing consumer product, and t... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
I'm so sorry: My heart goes out to you--it certainly sounds like your son didn't have DVT risk factors, however pulmonary emboli can happen and almost anyone. Genet... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Several things: A consistent diet avoiding vitamin k rich foods, timing the medication correctly, and avoiding antibiotics (if you can) is a start. There are also som... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No: You may end up staining your shirts, but unless you are having a skin reaction to the deodorant, there should be no problem.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Get evaluated: Acute numbness in the hands can be due to many things that are benign, but it can also signal a stroke in the right clinical context and should be eva... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 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
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Infection: You may have an infection somewhere. You should get evaluated.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Normal: Occasionally when bood is drawn it can clot in the tubes, and then becomes useless for analysis. There is probably nothing to worry about, but your ba... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Complicated!: Inflammation causes the release of a large number of chemicals which attract white blood cells to the affected area. Also, the warmth and blood vessel... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Usually 2-3: Unless you recurred while therapeutic on warfarin. Then your doctor may want your inr higher, such as 2.5-3.5, or you may switch agents to lovanox, or... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Blood-blood transmission of aids is possible.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
See a surgeon: Depending on whether they are internal or external, a colorectal surgeon can help you decide if surgical correction is right for you.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Stones: A stone lodged in the gall bladder can be painful when the gallbladder contracts.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Unlikely: However placing anything in your anus under pressure is ill advised, and could cause injury.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Positioning?: The only thing i can think of is if she had an injury to her arm while she was positioned during surgery. This is unusual -- we are very careful when ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Swelling: Typically after an injury (and surgery can be considered an injury) the lymphatics can become damaged and the limb can swell.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Possibly: The concern is that Ibuprofen can increase your bleeding risk by inhibiting platelets, while Coumadin (warfarin) anticoagulates you via the clotting c... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
See your doctor: I am concerned you could have enlarged lymph nodes which should be evaluated by your doctor.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Unklikely : Hrt is asscociated with a higher risk of dvt, however the time to form the clot depends on patient factors as well as the type of replacement. If you ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Covered stent: We can also place a covered stent in the carotid if there is a concern over bleeding. This needs to be done in close conjunction with radiation and ch... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Kind of: Chapstick itself is camphor, beeswax, and scents. Those are not harmful. A child could eat the chapstick and possibly aspirate it and choke, however f... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
See a urologist: Any penile or scrotal mass should be evaluated by a physician.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Could be...: ...But without more info, it is hard to say. Any persistent knee pain should be evaulated.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: While a primary infection of the femoral artery is rare, if you have an operation or a procedure involving the femoral artery, you can develop an infe... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
V58.43: This codes for the aftercare following injury, but is the closest thing to a icd9 for healed wound that we have.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No.: No--but if it is not causing pain, it is "natural" to have stones in your gallbladder.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Depends : On the antibiotic halflife -- some antibiotics are metabolized very quickly and some slowly. You can get an idea of the rate of metabolism based on ho... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 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
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Get evaluated: If you are having that much trouble with breathing, you need to see a doctor and start with a chest xray.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Anemia: Anemia can be due to many things, including bleeding, poor nutrition, chronic illness, or systemic problems like renal failure. If you are anemic, it ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Possibly: All rectal bleeding needs to be evaluated -- your doctor can help you determine if it is actually blood in your stool, and help you with the next step... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Many things: You need to get evaluated -- you need to find the cause of all rectal bleeding. While most causes are benign, you need to rule out serious problems. S... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Possibly related: Varicose veins can cause a variety of symptoms and your legs. You should talk your doctor and see if a trial of compression help.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Mallory Weiss tear: You can tear a small portion of your stomach with vomiting. You will want to talk to your doctor who may want to start you on an acid reducing therapy... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Not necessarily: Many dvts can be treated as an outpatient.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Any of those: And plenty of other possibilities -- you should see your doctor.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No: Simethicone should have no effect on coumadin (warfarin).
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Increased volume: A transfusion increases your circulating volume far more than oral hydration does, and therefore the kidneys respond (quite normally) by increasing ur... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: As long as you don't have any other factors that disqualify you as a donor, asthma is not a contraindication to blood trasfusion.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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
HealthTap member
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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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