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Old 07-14-2010, 05:00 PM
Location: Portland, OR
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Originally Posted by NancyHer View Post
My husband and I both had hernia repair (mine was hiatal, his was in the lower intestine) by Dr. Michael Tyner and can't recommend him highly enough. He was at Cary Surgical Specialists. He's moved offices a few times over the years, but check him out in the phone book.
I had surgery for a hernia and GERD 10 weeks ago by Dr. Tyner. No complaints!
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:05 AM
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Dr. Michael Malik, MD FACS

530 New Waverly Place
Cary, NC 27518-7414
(919) 851-9193

This doctor is THE BEST!

He really cares and did a great job on my daughter. He is a hernia specialist.

Dr. Malik completed his undergraduate studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he graduated with an honors degree in biology. He obtained his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has taken additional laparoscopic courses at George Washington University Medical Center.

Dr. Malik is a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Malik's interests lie in advanced laparoscopic surgery, including inguinal and ventral hernia repair, appendectomy, colectomy and nissen fundoplication.

He also has experience in and enjoys endocrine surgeries such as thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy.

Dr. Malik is married with two children. His recreational activities include golf, swimming and reading WWII history.

Advanced Surgical Associates
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:04 AM
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Reading this board reaffirms one lesson in life, don't listen to people who aren't educated on a specific subject!

I have been in the hernia business many years, let me open your eyes and educate you.

Most hernia's are done by General surgeons..not "specialists" .there are some surgeons that do only hernias..but not many. Most started out as vascular/general surgeons and decided to open up their own
hernia center and strictly do hernias. The best thing to do is find a general surgeon who does the most hernias (Call the recovery room at a hospital and ask who does the most? Ask other people who had them done..are you happy..do you have any chronic pain? (Pain after 3 months..usually caused by cheap mesh the hospital has forced on the surgeon..or a possible nick of a nerve by a bad surgeon.)

Yes..they are out there..remember..even the person who finished last in his med school is a surgeon.
If you live in Florida there is a surgeon that only does hernias in Sarasota..mostly lap ..you can google the hernia center in Florida and find him. (No I'm not him.only know him from years in the biz)

The person's post about not having mesh..only biological is incorrect. Biologicals are very expensive and only reserved for patients with infections because you can't put polypropylene on an infected area...There is new mesh now that doesn't shrink and doesn't cause pain like the mesh that has been on the market previously. The biologicals ..normally made of animal tissue like pig..also can cause problems..and are sometimes way more than polypropylene mesh that you will have to pay for if your insurance doesnt cover it! Some are $12,000 vs $400 for the new softer..non woven polypropylenes.

First thing to do is decide if you want it done open or laparascopic.
Most younger surgeons will do it lap..that is how they are trained these days.
Less of a scar..quicker healing..less chance of infection..
I had two open hernias done in the 80"s in college (Open means they just cut you open with a scalpel and use their hands to repair the defect) and I have two ugly scars by my pelvic area. If I would have found a lap surgeon (Not ez to find in early 80's) I would have basically no scars.and I probably wouldn't have had to go thru an additional surgery a year later. (Men with inguinal hernias on one side have a high chance of developing one on other side. When they do it laparascopically..they check the other side and repair it at same time in most cases) If a surgeon tells you open is better..it is probably because he isn't trained at lap procedures..the hospital doesnt have the lap equipment available..and/or he makes more money doing it open. Now in the US its about 60/40 open to lap..20 years from now it will be 90/10 Lap to open..make sense?
I would also ask the surgeon what type of mesh he is using on your first visit..then spend time educating yourself on the best meshes out there..and the worst..simply google hernia mesh/lawsuits..and / or go to fda maude site and type in the name of the mesh..if there are reported adverse events..they will all come up..companies have to report them to FDA.

Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:37 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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This is very timely for me as I have been putting off a 2nd hernia operation for 2 years. I had a heck of a time with the first one with infections, etc. I am diabetic and this of course complicates matters.

I live in Chapel Hill and am going to UNC hospital. Am I wrong to assume they know what they are doing and that surgery will definitely be done by qualified surgeon and not by students?

I have to work on my A1C before the surgery is scheduled so I have some time to think about it but i don't know of any other facility close to home than UNC. I guess I could go to Duke but is there that much difference?
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:02 AM
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i had a femoral hernia repaired 3 months ago. immediately postop had a lot of burning pain unrelieved with meds. took 2 months to improve. now at 3 months with very stronge restrictions i turned suddenly and felt something move. now back to burning pain again. mesh procedure was done. i am disgusted with the time of recovery. very healthy otherwise. others say back to vigorous exercise in 2-3 weeks. back to work 1-2 weeks. i can't even carry anything more than 10lbs. and now it's my fault it still hurts???? not following orders???
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:47 PM
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UNC chapel hill go and make an appointment at the Hernia Center. They are general surgeons and trauma surgeons that are on staff and since they are at the hospital they do the work. Fantastic job was done on me . Dr Dressen a trauma surgeon . Open mesh put in home the same day. Yes it hurt like a you know what for the first 48+ hours but its all better now!!

UNC the main hospital OR rooms.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:58 PM
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Reviving this old thread to see if anyone has had an experience with Dr. Thomas W. Maddox, surgeon. Specifically it would be for a very large Hiatal Hernia. Patient is approximately 75 years old.




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