While there are many general surgeons trained in hernia surgery, a hernia specialist is one who has limited his or her practice to this discipline. By limiting the scope of one’s practice to hernia surgery, the surgeon is able to focus on all available options for repair and make better judgements about risks. The art […]

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We have all heard stories from a friend or neighbor about their experience from inguinal (groin) hernia repair. Historically it was not uncommon to hear about severe pain after surgery limiting their activity for weeks or months. Many people describe the need for prescription pain medicine for over a month. Some patients have complained about […]

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Many people with or without hernias are troubled by excess skin and fat that hangs from their abdominal wall.  Sometimes this is a result of  significant weight loss and sometimes it is what develops when suffering from large and often recurrent ventral hernias. Fortunately, there is an excellent solution for these individuals. A “tummy tuck” […]

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From its inception in 1945, the Shouldice technique for repair of groin hernias remains the gold standard for a pure tissue repair.  This unique laminated closure of a hernia allows the repair to be performed without tension and under local anesthesia.  While this technique has been perfected at the Shouldice Hospital outside of Toronto, I , […]

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  Hernia mesh has been used by surgeons for more than 40 years and has a relatively safe track record.  Mesh is proven to significantly reduce the risk of hernia recurrence. Despite these benefits, thousands of patients annually experience what are considered possible mesh related complications ( prolonged pain or discomfort or infection).   There […]

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