hernia specialist in New Hampshire
I am seeking the name of a hernia specialist in New Hampshire. I have seen two surgeons. One recommends a laparoscopic repair of a small inguinal hernia on left side. The other recommends Advance Preperitoneal Hernia repair. They both use mesh. I am a thin small boned woman. I have many questions and concerns about the mesh. I am also starting to develop symptoms on my right side.(I think?) Mostly upper leg and hip area. I do not have a bulge on either side. My original pain started on my left side. Lower abdomen. About an inch below bellybutton and to the left. I did not experience any groin pain in the left until I had the dynamic ultra sound. Since then my groin has bothered me, but it has been about 2 months since ultra sound and it is starting to go away. I am concerned that I was not checked on the right side at the time of the ultra sound. I also want a more comprehensive evaluation of both sides prior to surgery. Several doctors looked at my CT scan and did not find a hernia. After the dynamic Ultra sound, the first surgeon I saw could locate the hernia because the US confirmed it. I think I need an MRI, but requested one months ago from my Primary Care when the CT scan didn’t show anything. I kept getting shot down. I am hoping to find a hernia specialist in New Hampshire that has seen occult hernias in women and can give the level of care that Dr. Towfigh gives her patients. I do not have excruciating pain/my original pain has lessened and I am wondering if I really need the surgery. Since it took over a year to figure out what was going on with me, I started Physical Therapy to address my original pelvic pain. First surgeon really didn’t think it was a hernia, and did the US to rule it out, but there it was. I am wondering if exercises and a wait and see approach would be sufficient, but I really need a hernia specialist to determine that. If surgery is to improve quality of life, I feel that mine has improved over time. But I want to be safe and do the right thing. To summarize, this is the information I am seeking:
1. Hernia specialist in NH (or as close to NH as possible)
2. More comprehensive evaluation such as an MRI to determine if I have more than one hernia and the size/location etc.
3. Am I a candidate for exercises instead of surgery?
4. One other thought, I have had 2 laparoscopic procedures done for endometriosis. One at age 30 the other at age 40. I am now 52. Am I still a candidate for lap surgery for hernia repair? Just wondering about scar tissue.
5. Also, for peace of mind, I really want to see a hernia specialist and one that has treated women.
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