Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says with a patient that cannot move it is imperative that someone checks out their lower back, hips, elbows, and heels. "The pointy bony areas are prone to ulceration and an ulcer can progress rapidly and the key is early detection and getting treatment early." He recommends taking the patient to their medical doctor or to the Wound Care Center.
Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says the classic approach of hernia surgery was an open approach, but now it is done by making an incision over the hernia, going down finding the hole, and closing it with stitches. "They began with laparoscopic procedures in the 1990s and with three or four small incisions, you enter the abdomen with a camera, and you come in from below and repair the hernia from inside," he points out.
Not smoking, seeing your doctor when you are sick to avoid developing a persistent cough, maintaining a healthy body weight, and lifting objects with your knees and not your back are some of the tips to prevent a hernia. Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says not smoking is the most important thing. "Some surgeons will even make patients take nicotine tests, because smoking increases the risk of infection tremendously."
Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, explains he is one of the wound care specialists at the South Miami Wound Care Center, where they have the latest and greatest treatments to take care of wounds that are not healing and get them to close. He also says they treat any ulster wound or ulcers. "They can happen anywhere in the body, the most common patients who get ulcers are usually traumatic ulcers, or diabetic patients with ulcers in the feet or the toes."
Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, explains a hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. "The abdominal wall is divided into four layers, the fourth and the deepest layer is called fashion, and it is the strength of the abdominal wall, it keeps all your intestines inside. A hernia is simply a hole in the fashion." He also says there are certain risk factors that will lend themselves to forming a hernia, such as anything that increases your intra-abdominal pressure, like in construction workers.