That Lump Under Your Surgical Scar May Be An Incisional Hernia

Have you recently noticed a lump or a bulge in the area of a previous surgical scar? Chances are you have what’s called an Incisional Hernia. Incisional hernias can occur in up to 50% of surgical incisions. Both open and laparoscopic surgical procedures can result in incisional hernias afterwards. Below is some need-to-know information on Incisional Hernias. What is an Incisional Hernia? A hernia is a hole or gap in the muscles of the abdominal wall. In incisional hernias, this hole or gap forms underneath Continue reading →

Should You Get a Lumpectomy or Mastectomy?

So your recent diagnosis of breast cancer has left you confused. And, for good reason. No one expects to be diagnosed with breast cancer. After your diagnosis, it will seem like there are so many decisions to be made, with so little time. Most of them may not even make sense to you. As physicians, its our job to help provide some clarity when it comes to breast cancer treatment. Depending on how advanced your breast cancer is (what we in the medical field call Continue reading →

What is an Inguinal Hernia?

Hernias can form in different parts of the body. The two most common sites for a hernia are the belly button and the groin. The medical term for a belly button is an Umbilical Hernia. An inguinal hernia is the medical term for hernias that occur in the groin area. In an inguinal hernia the contents of the hernia can extend anywhere in the area between the abdomen and thigh. Who gets an inguinal hernia? An inguinal hernia can occur any time from infancy to Continue reading →

Pirates of the Operating Room

Medicine is more of a team sport than people may actually think. The doctors usually get most of the credit–but just like in sports–sometimes we’d never get as far were it not for our teammates. In surgery this team concept is critical. Surgeons are seen as the captains of the ship. But a successful voyage requires more than a strong captain. If the whole crew is not functioning on the same level then the ship can sink very easily. The best crews always keep their Continue reading →