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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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Dear doctor, i am 43 yrs old woman who got operated for femoral hernia with a mesh. Will there be any side effects on the hernia repair due to cough?

Dear doctor, 
i am 43 yrs old woman who got operated for femoral hernia with a mesh. Will there be any side effects on the hernia repair due to cough?

Shouldn't be: The placement of the mesh will augment you existing connective tissue and scar forming at the operative site such that it should prevent hernia in the future even with a chronic cough, heavy lifting, and all noral activity. While problems with the mesh are possible, they are unlikely, and would typically manifest with chronic pain. Activity or cough should not increase the risk of mesh problems. ...Read more

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What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?

What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?

Few, but...: Biological mesh material actually goes away at it is replaced with your own connective tissue cells. There have been reports of this type of mesh eroding into the esophagus, but it is more likely to be technique related in my opinion, rather than caused by the material itself. It is biologically inert, so shouldn't cause any type of systemic reaction like an allergy. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm 23,never had gerd symptoms before my hiatal-hernia, I was wondering if I can get hernia surgery without fundoplication? Worried about side effects

I'm 23,never had gerd symptoms before my hiatal-hernia, I was wondering if I can get hernia surgery without fundoplication? Worried about side effects

No surgery: 90-95 % of people with GERD get better with medication. surgery reserved to a very small section of people . yes you can have a hiatal hernia surgery without the fundoplication, but that will not stop the efflux in any way. try to get the best medical treatment before start thinking about surgery. ...Read more

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Which is better risk, risk of recurrence in meshless open inguinal hernia surgery or risk of side effects from mesh.?

Mesh is better: Most of us surgeons agree and the literature is pretty clear, that hernia recurrence rates without mesh are much higher while the risks of using mesh are quite low. ...Read more

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Had small bowel resection (5ft),colon blockage removed,appendectomy,and hernia repair done in emerg surgery.Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Had small bowel resection (5ft),colon blockage removed,appendectomy,and hernia repair done in emerg surgery.Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Side Effects: The answer to your questions depends on the side effects you are having. Small bowel resection can affect stool transit time as well as nutrient absorption. Adhesions from any abdominal procedure may be a source of discomfort for some. I suggest you speak to your primary care doc about your symptoms to identify the most likely source of your symptoms. From there you can make a plan. ...Read more

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I am 65, have a right side hernia for 15 yrs and deathly afraid of mesh sugery?

I am 65, have a right side hernia for 15 yrs and deathly afraid of mesh sugery?

Two issues: you have a hernia for 15 years. You have a strong fear of surgery. For the fear you should talk to your doctor and get help. This could really hinder your life. For the hernia if it is not too big the surgery is safe and can be done with a camera. You may have a new joy in life after surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Sudden sharp pain in lower left side. What is down there besides possible hernia?

Sudden sharp pain in lower left side. What is down there besides possible hernia?

Difficult: Are you a male or female? Is the pain in your groin or lower abdomen? How old are you? All these questions are important in determining a source of pain. There are many reasons for groin or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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