drtowfigh replied to the topic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia – Direct or Indirect? VIDEO in the forum Hernia Discussion 6 days, 7 hours ago
Tissue repairs are best for Indirect inguinal hernias. Not as good for directs. But most surgeons would not image an inguinal hernia obvious on examination.
– the longer you wait after the prostate surgery, the better. Scar tissue will be less. This is most important for those who would benefit from laparoscopic hernia repair.
– Tissue repair Area is not related to prostate surgery area. So not much of an issue.
– almost all prostate surgery is performed robotically in the US and that is the…[Read more]
drtowfigh started the topic HerniaTalk **LIVE** Q&A with Dr Barbora East 6/30/2020 in the forum Hernia Discussion 6 days, 8 hours ago
NOTICE THE NEW TIME!
Join us this Tuesday for yet another super informative **LIVE** Q&A discussion. This time we have Guest Panelist Dr. Barbora East. Dr. East practices at the Charles University in Prague. She is a noted leader in the European Hernia Society (EHS) and has a lot to offer us with her insight into various hernia repairs, her…[Read more]
We had a great conversation about imaging and also the intricacies of parastomal hernias. You can watch it on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/1CwDi1DvD2M
Join me this Tuesday on HerniaTalk **LIVE** Q&A with our Guest Panelist Dr Eric Pauli of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Dr Pauli is a multi-talented surgeon who is skilled in laparoscopic surgery and endoscopic procedures. He is best known among us hernia surgeons for his proficiency in interpretation of radiologic imaging as well as his…[Read more]
drtowfigh replied to the topic HerniaTalk **LIVE** Q&A with Guest Dr Vedra Augenstein in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 weeks, 2 days ago
We had another great HerniaTalk **LIVE** session with Dr. Augenstein. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Lcb_Utz0p6o
We discussed management of complex hernias. This includes treatment of mesh infections, loss of domain, multiply recurrent hernias, indications for use of biologic mesh, protocols for preoperative optimization and…[Read more]
Ventrio ST is intended for use in laparoscopic ventral hernias, such as umbilical hernias. It is meant for intraperitoneal placement, which is why the “ST” portion of the mesh is added. ST mesh is not intended for use in extraperitoneal repairs, such as with the Kugel type repair or open preperitoneal hernia repair. Studies show using mesh with…[Read more]
Dr. Earle is a great choice in the Massachusetts area.
Also, thanks to your PT for viewing one of my HerniaTalks. I recommend you view the one on pelvic pain from a couple of weeks ago. It can be viewed here:
We are live!Join me, as I answer close to 2 hours (!) of all your hernia, pelvic, and abdominal questions. This is a…
Also, you can read about it in a blog I wrote…[Read more]
Not sure where you read “Papers seem to show bio meshes are better than synthetic ones.” I do not agree with that statement and I know of no guideline that supports that statement, either.
There are risks and benefits to every mesh choice. Most absorbable mesh are biologic, though there are also synthetic options. Since they absorb, the risk…[Read more]
Evaluation by a pelvic floor physical therapist can help determine if you have pelvic floor spasm. These can cause pain, urinary problems, and bowel movement problems. Treatment of the hernias can help cure these problems. Also, some with diastasis recti have constipation issues, as their core is unbalanced and cannot coordinate the muscular…[Read more]
drtowfigh replied to the topic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia – Confused if Direct or Indirect (pictures and video) in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Imaging such as Ultrasound can help clarify. Examination is not always accurate, though it can be when done by a skilled surgeon while you are standing.
So glad to hear!
The Kugel patch and On-flex are both mesh products used for open preperitoneal repairs. None of us who do hernia repairs for a living use these products, as they are stiff (aka chronic pain) and can wrinkle (aka pain, recurrence). In fact, I think Kugel patch is no longer marketed and the On-Flex is considered the next generation for this product.
If I give you a button-down shirt that is 2 sizes too small for you to wear, what are the consequences?
– it will tear
– you will be very uncomfortable in it
If I use a patch over your sweater’s elbow that just barely covers the torn/worn area, what are the consequences?
– it will have minimal durability
– it will pull off and expose the worn…[Read more]
drtowfigh replied to the topic Bilateral Inguinal Hernia – Direct or Indirect? VIDEO in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Physical exam is not perfect for determining direct vs indirect for small inguinal hernias. Imaging can help confirm. In larger hernias, the indirect inguinal hernia will fall into the scrotum area.
That is the access port for the laparoscope. The skin or the fascia was likely closed with suture. The knot may be felt under it. That feeling should go away. Seroma is a fluid collection, which can happen but not as commonly. See your surgeon if it persists beyond a few weeks.
Just to clarify:
Dr. Felix is one of the original pioneers of laparoscopic hernia repair. The 9 Commandments was published by him and Dr. Daes with the goal of communicating the best techniques for critical view of laparoscopic/robotic inguinal hernia repair. The concepts are nothing new to those of use that perform hernia repair regularly, and…[Read more]
No hernia repair is recommended unless symptoms related to the prostate are addressed first.
If prostate surgery is done, we usually do not recommend any open hernia repair for at least 3 weeks. And no laparoscopic repair for at least 3-6 months.
drtowfigh replied to the topic Inguinal hernia & prostate problems – priority of care? in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Whoa, if you are urinating hourly, that prostate needs to be addressed. An enlarged prostate must be addressed prior to any hernia repair because:
– straining due to an enlarged prostate will exacerbate a hernia
– straining due to an enlarged prostate will make a hernia repair (any technique) recur–that is not a good outcome
– an enlarged…[Read more]
drtowfigh replied to the topic First Inguinal Hernia! Requesting thoughts from the experienced in the forum Hernia Discussion 2 weeks, 5 days ago
First, watchful waiting has no effect on the health of the testicle. In super giant hernias down to the knees or below (yes, it can happen!), which we almost never see in the first world, we consider orchiectomy (removal of the testicles) as part of the hernia repair, because those are quite complex. Short of that, the testicle…[Read more]
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