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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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About 7 years ago my surgeon found on hiatal hernia the size of a quarter. Now takin 2 prevavid daily.Why i experience clay colored stools w ab pain?

About 7 years ago my surgeon found on hiatal hernia the size of a quarter. Now takin 2 prevavid daily.Why i experience clay colored stools  w ab pain?

Pancreas: Sounds like it is not your hiatal hernia, rather a problem with your pancreas, possibly chronic pancreatits. See your primary doctor to get started, and you may need to see a GI specialist, or ultimately a surgeon if that's the case. Good luck. ...Read more

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Spoke with a surgeon about my hitial hernia an he said it's probably my galbladder but I had an ultrasound year ago and it was fine, should I retest?

Spoke with a surgeon about my hitial hernia an he said it's probably my galbladder but I had an ultrasound year ago and it was fine, should I retest?

Surgeon advice: 20 F: Spoke with a surgeon about my hitial hernia an he said it's probably my galbladder but I had an ultrasound year ago and it was fine, should I retest? ANS: your hiatal hernia is not your gall bladder so not certain what you are asking. Ultrasound is not 100 % diagnostic nor is a surgeon's history and physical exam. But my guess he probably is more likely correct than the ultrasound. ...Read more

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Where can I find the best hernia surgeons in the U.S.?

Where can I find the best hernia surgeons in the U.S.?

AHS: The Americas Hernia Society website has a list of surgeons interested in hernia repair. Usually, surgeons interested in a disease, read journal articles about the disease, and attend conferences about the disease are the most up to date regarding treatment options for hernia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a hernia surgeon called? Is this a specialty of its own?

What is a hernia surgeon called? Is this a specialty of its own?

General surgeon: The majority of surgeons specializing in hernia repair are general surgeons. There are some plastic surgeons doing hernia repair, but typically those are more complex abdominal wall reconstructions. You could always check out the Americas Hernia Society website to find surgeons interested on hernia repair. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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A bulging hernia for 15 months my surgeon said it's repairable but I have 2 lose 50 lbs I only lost 5 lbs and it's now starting 2 bother me HELP?

A bulging hernia for 15 months my surgeon said it's repairable but I have 2 lose 50 lbs I only lost 5 lbs and it's now starting 2 bother me HELP?

Complex: Depending on the location of the hernia and the symptoms, may need to repair at your current weight. Obesity however significantly increases the technical difficulty of the operation and reduces the success rates. Also, you could get another opinion by a surgeon interested in henia repair - find one on the Americas Hernia Society website. Best thing however is to lose the weight. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can I find an experienced hernia surgeon (not at shouldice) in toronto?

Univ of Toronto: It can be difficult, because some surgeons misunderstand and underestimate hernia disease. Try alan okrainec at the university of toronto. ...Read more

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If my surgeon removes my hernia mesh how likely is it he can remove it all? I got in in January. Body is rejecting it.

If my surgeon removes my hernia mesh how likely is it he can remove it all? I got in in January. Body is rejecting it.

Depends: Technically, you're body is not rejecting the mesh, because there are no proteins on it to reject. There is an inflammatory response to the foreign body, and this is a normal response, but in your case may be excessive. If pain is the reason for removal, it may or may not be successful. Ability to remove the entire mesh depends on location and technique of repair. ...Read more