Dr. Benjamin Lerner

Vascular Surgery
Seattle, WA
21 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

361 Answers
321 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: If it is done laparoscopically, once your pain is controlled and you can eat, you can go home (usually 2-3 days).
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Avoid constipation: In addition to higher protein, you want to make sure your stools remain soft -- constipated intestines can make the catheter in your abdomen work poor... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes, and .....: ....We have gotten much better. Better ems services, better preoperative management, and the widespread use of endografts have made survival of ruptur... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No, unless...: ...Your tortuous aorta is associated with a AAA (which it often is). This can easily be evaluated and explained to you by a vascular surgical consulta... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Severak months: Getting a prosthetic folling amputation depends on a lot of factors--the type of amp you had, how well your wound heals, how much edema you have post ... 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Absolutely: Claudication is one of the cardinal signs of pad.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Your surgeon will start with an ultrasound and an exam, but you certainly could be having trouble with your aorto-bi-fem. Typically this is a very dur... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
During my day?: See patients, answer phone calls, teach medical students and residents, deal with insurance companies, settle office disputes, walk my dog, serve on h... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Giving or recieving?: As someone who has donated bone marrow, it is an incredibly rewarding experience associated with only mild discomfort in the lower back.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Compression: Along with elevation, trying some light compression should be safe in a 22 yo. Over the counter stockings are rarely therapeutic, so your doctor can h... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Patients with Marfan are not only at risk for aaa, but they can develop a AAA at a much younger age.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is the best first test.
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Possible: Could be a clot, but it could be what we call "superficial thrombophlebitis" of your short saphenous vein, which is different from a dvt. Either wa... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Certainly: Lovanox is a powerful anticoagulant, but it can be under-dosed, particularly in obese patients, or patients with a predilection to clot. Your doctor ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Fitness: People who exercise on a regular basis will tend to have a lower resting heartrate than others -- as long as it is not symptomatic (causing you to get... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Unlikely: Given your age, without a significant history of a connective tissue disorder, this is very very unlikely.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
What kind: What kind of fistula...And what kind of information?
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
What kind of fistula: Simply, yes, some fistulas can spontaneously resolve...But it depends on the location and the type of fistula.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Please don't rry: Blunt force to the neck can cause a variety of life threatening injuries, and syncope (passing out) may be the least of your worries. Carotid dissecti... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Why....: ....Do you think this is your carotid artery? There are many things that can cause unusual sensations in the neck. Most carotid artery disease causes ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: You may have hyperhidrosis, a condition which results in excess perspiration. It typically has nothing to do with circulation. There are a variety of ... 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 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Depends : Depends on what you mean by stasis -- you can get a clot in your jugular, but true stasis can be caused by heart failure or a central venous stenosis.... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Not usually: Most hepatic hemangiomas are benign.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Tough question: There are few proven surgical options for lymphedema. If your lymphedema is preventing you from achieving a dream, seek out a dedicated lymphedema spe... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Hard to say: This would not be the most likely way a clot would present, but if you have other risk factors for a DVT (contraceptive pills, immobility, family hist... Read More
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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 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Palliation: There are a variety of minimally invasive procedures (angioplasy and stenting) for certain types of mesenteric ischemia, however any procedure in a 93... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No: You may have a phlebitis, or inflammation in the area where the IV went in. This is typically not an emergency and should get better on its own. You c... 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 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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Hernia: You may have an umbillical hernia. If there is no pain, this is typically not an urgent problemhernia.
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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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Spontaneously: A DVT can dislodge and travel to the lungs -- this typically happens spontaneously.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Many reasons: How is he getting his hd -- through a catheter, a fistula, or a graft? Clots indicate different problems depending on the dialysis access.
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Frequent: After such a life threatening event, it is not unusual to have complications, and renal failure needing dialysis as well as pneumonia from a prolonged... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: There can be a significant amount of inflammation around a DVT called phlebitis, but you want to make sure your warfarin is therapeutic and your clot ... 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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Right field?: You are introspective enough to recognize the problems -- i would offer that if you still can't correct your motivation and your efficiency, you may s... 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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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
No: The so called "cough cpr" is not an accepted method of cardiac resusitation.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Many things: Many things affect your ability to clot -- medications, chronic medical conditions, genetic factors, and smoking.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
See a Vasc Surgeon: If you have a poorly healing foot wound and a concern about circulation, you need a thoughtful vascular evaluation. The society for vascular surgery h... 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 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Sometimes...: A dilated or aneursymal carotid on ultrasound is simply what we call a "redundant" carotid, meaning it is long and wraps on itself, so it looks bigger... 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 member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Great question!: There are actual health benefits literally minutes after you stop smoking, however your ability of your body to recover from smoking depends on how lo... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Useful: Plavix (clopidogrel) is a very good medication for some conditions, and is a required medication for others (if you have a certain type of heart stent... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Many things: Depending on where the bleeding is coming from (ie the upper GI tract, or the lower GI tract) it can be an ulcer, polyp, cancer, inflammation, or some... Read More
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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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