I’m 99.9% sure I have a hernia. I’m due for a checkup, so I’ll have my GP take a look.
I have an orthopedic surgeon. Do they take care of hernias? I’d rather have someone I know and trust do it. Let’s say I didn’t know an orthopedic surgeon…are there “general” surgeons? The only surgeries I’ve had are a tonsillectomy, deviated septum, and ganglion cyst removal–all three highly specialized.
I know a general surgeon. Hernias and gallbladders are his bread and butter.
Ironically, general surgeons are getting rarer and rarer these days as new surgeons fresh out of residency increasingly elect to enter more glamorous specialties. I don’t know what kind of specialist surgeon you’d get for a hernia if you couldn’t find a general surgeon.
Yeah, and because he removed a ganglion cyst, I figured he could repair a bit of abdominal muscle and tuck away some intestine.
He’s a “personal acquaintance.” I knew him long before he treated my cracked humerus, attended to my shin splints, and removed the cyst, all minor compared to the major surgery he usually does. I just didn’t want to ask and put him on the spot. But he’s a great guy. I could just call his office and say I’m a patient and ask if he does it.
BTW, if it’s not clear, I’m not asking for medical advice. I sincerely want to know who does “non specialized” surgery. I’m getting old and I need to know these things
I had an umbilical hernia (herniated outie bellybutton) repaired by a general/internal surgeon who specialized in laproscopic surgery… three small incisions, no scarring to speak of… healing took a long time… if I recall, I could not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for 8 weeks or so…
I had one (or rather a “double”) about 5 years ago. My advice: find someone who specializes in laproscopic hernia operations. My surgeon had done about 5000 of them. I had very little pain, just some discomfort. I didn’t need any prescription pain medication, and I was out going to movies within 3 or 4 days of the surgery.
I found my surgeon on recommendation of my GP. I asked her who was the best in the area and she recommended him.