Some of our patients who present with a hernia on one side ask if we can repair the opposite side at the same time. Especially when we perform a laparoscopic hernia repair, the additional time and effort required to repair the opposite side is minimal. However, as with any procedure in medicine, there is always […]
Diagnosing and Deciding Whether to Treatment an Inguinal Hernia – International Guidelines
The first step in the workup for an inguinal hernia is obviously making an accurate diagnosis. Once that diagnosis is made, then our patients need to make a decision on whether they want treatment at the time of diagnosis. So let’s start with how hernias are diagnosed. By far the most common diagnostic test for […]
Should I have hernia surgery today Dr. Harris?
One of my over-riding philosophies in surgery is to never, ever: try to talk a patient into surgery trick a patient into thinking something is emergent when it’s not influence their decision in whether (or what type) of surgery to have. That may sound counter-intuitive for a surgeon to say, but the worst thing in […]