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  • Seeking input for hernia surgery in Minnesota

    Just recently diagnosed with an inguinal hernia on my right side and am now doing research to find the best surgeon possible in my area. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Based on the searching I've done here, there doesn't appear to be a hernia specialist in my state. However, I've seen a couple referrals to Dr. Archana Ramaswamy as well as Dr. Chad Robbins. Both of which Dr. Towfigh mentioned.

    I currently have a consult set up with Dr. Kevin Ose (https://www.healthpartners.com/care/...tionerId=12155) and found him on a few top doctor lists from our local magazines (MinnesotaMonthly and MSPmag). Based on his online reviews he seems reputable, but I have no information on his approach to hernia repair.

    I'd like to arm myself with some questions for our consult. I'm specifically hoping that this surgeon can run me through the type of mesh (assuming he operates that way) he uses and what his post-op observations have been with his patients. I know that many folks have had no issues with mesh, but given the track-record, my main concerns really are around putting a foreign body into mine. I'm not as concerned about the operation itself.

    Any info on MN-based surgeons or any things I should be thinking about and asking when I have my time with the doctor would be helpful.

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    You really should look outside your state if you can't find anyone. Let the facts lead you to a good solution. It's not just money and time. Your ability to make money will be severely compromised if you get a bad mesh repair. Think of your decision and the time and expense as investment in the rest of your life.

    The medical professionals will all be done with you within months after the surgery. After that you'll be just another file number that needs more procedures. More procedures means more business. Pain management, imaging, more operations...just more business.

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      Originally posted by Good intentions View Post
      You really should look outside your state if you can't find anyone. Let the facts lead you to a good solution. It's not just money and time. Your ability to make money will be severely compromised if you get a bad mesh repair. Think of your decision and the time and expense as investment in the rest of your life.

      The medical professionals will all be done with you within months after the surgery. After that you'll be just another file number that needs more procedures. More procedures means more business. Pain management, imaging, more operations...just more business.
      I realize this, I didn't mean to suggest that I'd be settling for the first available doc, but there's nothing at this point to suggest that Minnesota doesn't have competent surgeons that can do a great job. I started this thread hoping that I could hear from folks who've recently gone through surgery and get there input on the types of questions to ask the surgeon in order to identify the one(s) I want to look for or any red flags I should take note of. Moreover, hoping some MN-based folks could chime in with a recommendation, if possible.

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