Dr. Leonard Metildi

General Surgery
Las Cruces, NM
47 years experience male

Locations

Vista Surgical Associates

Las Cruces, NM

Address

3900 East Lohman Avenue, Suite B, Las Cruces, NM
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(575) 522-4932

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Tennessee

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico

Tricare

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna

Cigna

Medicaid

Medicare

Presbyterian Health Plan

About

Bio

General surgery internship/residency at Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego. Surgeon aboard the USS Constellation, CV64. 25 years solo practice in Fulton/Syracuse NY. Performing general surgery with the DaVinci Robot.

Specialties
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General Surgery

Licenses

United States: New Mexico

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: The gall bladder stores and concentrates bile. Without a gall bladder, the bile is continuously excreted into the intestine. This sometimes overloads... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
It is abnormal: An elevated WBC is a sign of infection, bacterial, someplace. Plastic surgical procedures done in the presence of an occult infection can lead to dis... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
About 40 minutes: An UGI endoscopy usually takes 10 min while a colonoscopy wihtout polypectomy or other procedure, usually takes about 30 minutes.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
The same as in males: Inguinal hernias can be congenital, acquired or a combination. In women, the congenital hernia is a result of the descent of the gubernaculum testis i... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
No: It won't hurt but will not help. Diverticulitis is an infection around a diverticula and needs to be treated with antibiotics. If they do not resolve ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: I assume you are referring to outpatient treatment of mild diverticulitis. Flagyl is used to cover anaerobic bacteria that might be involved in the in... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: If you have chronic sinusitis, are not on any antibiotics, have a normal WBC and no fever, then, then cholecystectomy should be safe. If you have an a... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Leave alone: Your endocrinologist has determined that the lesion, a cyst, is not hormonally active. A cyst does not require intervention.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
See your surgeon: Your surgeon needs to know about this and evaluate you to determine the cause and any remedy.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: Hemorrhoids can cause itching of the anus, similar to pin worms. You need to see your physician to be examined.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Possibly: Nausea after eating, especially fried or fatty foods, may be due to gall bladder disease. An ultrasound of the gall bladder should confirm or rule out... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Infection: Appendicitis is an infection caused by bacteria. Any bacterial infection will cause an elevated wbc, the body is organizing a response to the infectio... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Not likely: Alcoholism does damage the liver but does not have any direct effect on the gallbladder. Certainly alcoholics can develop gallbladder disease but it i... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Not generally: Colon cancer usually does not cause any symptoms until it obstructs, bleeds or perforates. A contained perforation causes pain, but is not characteriz... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
See your GI doctor: It depends on how long you have had the disease and what treatment you have had. Pan colitis for 10 years is serious and surgery may be necessary.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
See your doctor: Rectal bleeding can be caused by hemorrhoids or more serious conditions such as polyps, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or even UGI sources. You n... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Very: The different meshes available for hernia repair are safe. What type used, synthetic or biological, depends on the type of hernia and comorbidities. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
They can soothe: Steroid containing suppositories, creams and foam can relieve the pain and itching with hemorrhoids but do not treat the hemorrhoids themselves or the... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: Bleeding duodenal ulcers are caused by the ulcer eroding through the back wall into the gastroduodenal artery. Perforations in the front part of the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Any: There are no dietary restrictions after cholecystectomy. Everyone has certain foods that can cause indigestion. If you had fried/fatty food intoleranc... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Umbilical hernia: Most likely you have an umbilical or peri umbilical hernia with fat trapped in it. Check with your physician.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Many things: These could be moles, black heads, the result of insect bites or dirt in the central punctum of sebaceous cysts. If they concern you, change color or ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Depends: I assume you mean is not healing. What is the underlying reason why? Is there tunneling? Is there exposed synthetic mesh or sutures causing chronic lo... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Psycologically: Inguinal hernias, in and of themselves, do not interfere with penile erection. Fretting about them or pain associated with sex can cause ed. You shoul... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes, epigastric pain: The most common pain due to gallbladder disease is epigastric, usually associated also with RUQ pain. However, it can stand alone as the only symptom.... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: If your hernia does not protrude or cause pain when when you jog, then no harm should come. If it is getting bigger or causing discomfort, then it sho... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Nothing that I know : Gall stones occur because of the make up of the individual's bile. They can be induced by rapid weight gain or loss or from hormonal changes. Diet do... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
No: Hemorrhoids do not change the shape of stool. If this is a constant change, you need a flexible sigmoidoscopy to see if there is a reason for this.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Sometimes: A not uncommon presentation of pain from gall stones is being awakened at night with biliary colic. This occurs when a stone roles up into the neck of... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Unclear what's ?: What do you mean by tickling? Do you have gall stones? If you are having RUQ discomfort, especially after eating, then an us of the gb should confirm... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: Anal cancer is either squamous cell cancer or cloacogenic cancer and is treated by chemo/radiation after a biopsy establishes the diagnosis. Early on ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
See your surgeon: You apparently have a post operative wound infection and need to see your surgeon.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: Unless you had a standard radical mastectomy, where the chest wall muscles were removed, or complications from axillary lymphadenectomy, simply remov... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Probably IBS: Most likely you have irritable bowel. This is usually caused by not having enough dietary fiber. Other causes of diarrhea are lactose intolerance, inf... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
IBD: You may have ibd if all those studies are negative. If so, then treatment with metamucil or its equivalent, should relieve your symptoms. Another ca... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: It is uncommon, but young women can get breast cancer, especially if there is a strong family history. If there is a concern, then she should be seen ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Colon or prostate: The two most likely candidates for the cause of your problem are diverticulitis or prostatitis. Were you told if you had diverticulosis after your col... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: It is not uncommon for patients with gall bladder disease to complain of back pain. The pain is usually in the r scapular region, but may be in the mi... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
High fiber: Generally speaking, you can't get rid of hemorrhoids without surgery. However, by increasing the fiber in your diet, you can greatly reduce the size a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
They can be: If you have an inguinal hernia, then anything that increases intra abdominal pressure can aggravate the hernia and lake it larger. BPH is a common ca... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
It can: Usually, if an infection is going to occur, it does so in the first 2 weeks or so. A suture that has not dissolved or a permanent suture may have gott... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
2 to 6 weeks.: It all depends on how the hernias are being repaired. If open with mesh, the standard time would be 6 weeks. If done laparoscopically, the 2 weeks mig... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: After any surgery, a ridge develops where the incision is. This is called the proud or healing ridge and slowly disappears over a four month period. I... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Severe pain: Strangulated hernia means that whatever is caught in the hernia has lost its blood supply and has died. This causes severe pain, nausea, vomiting and ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Fiber supplement: Short of surgery, the best treatment for hemorrhoids is fiber supplementation, such as metamucil.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
2 to 6 weeks: It depends on how the appendix was removed. If done laparoscopically, i let patients resume normal activities at two weeks. If done open through a mus... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Similar symptoms: Both ibs and gall stones can cause nausea, bloating and abdominal pain. Both are associated with symptoms shortly after eating. Diarrhea is not usual... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Fiber supplement: It depends on the extent of your hemorrhoids which surgical treatment is best. However, most symptoms can be controlled by taking fiber supplements s... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Possibly: It is difficult to say that abdominal pain is from adhesions, since anyone that has had surgery will likely form adhesions and most people do not have... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: A hernia may be small so that no bulge is seen or felt, but there is pain. An us or ct can reveal if there is a hernia or not.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Metildi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Metildi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! You are right, an ultrasound showed a gallbladder full of stones. Thank you again
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I see my surgeon tomorrow. Hopefully he'll give a glint of hope.
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Thanks for your quick reply! thanks nothing from.colonoscopy. and if its the other is.it serious

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, NY
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, New Mexico - Summer
2013
Top General Surgeon , First Place, New Mexico - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Ameican Society of Beast Surgeons
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