Learning about Hernias - Health Channel


Learning about Hernias

Hernias occur when a weakness in the muscular wall of the abdomen allows different organs and tissues to come through. Dr. Jerrold Young, General Surgeon with Hernia Institute of Florida, talks about his experience as a general surgeon with all types of general vascular surgery.

How do you explain a hernia to a patient the depending on the level of understanding that a patient may have the basic principle or idea is that this is a weakness in the abdominal wall which normally contains all the abdominal organs and something from inside will penetrate through or bulge through where the weaknesses and so the hernia is the actual opening and the abdominal wall and what comes out is the we consider the hernia contents that might be intestine that could be we’ve seen an ovary appendix all different organs can come through now how many surgeries have you performed doctor do you keep counting or they all though are they all similar or are they all different well the as I did every type of surgery at least all types of general vascular surgery for over 25 years in the 80s and 90s and then in 2002 I came over to the hernias to where I’ve been doing only hernias since that time the idea is that if you can specialize in one area you can obviously become better at doing it as opposed to when you’re doing excuse me all different types of hernias so I would say in terms of numbers at Baptist and South Miami Hospital where I’ve been on staff for about 40 years I’ve probably done over 40,000 surgeries among them are about 12,000 hernia repairs you

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