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  • Do we have a trustworthy hernia specialist in Florida YET?

    hi all
    ive posted 2 weeks ago and have had ultra sound. Called office for results and was suppose to call me back and never did! I will pull the results up tomorrow. In the meantime I think I need someone to check regardless of results as they were missed in numerous test until I sent to Dr. Towfigh. I thought maybe a kidney stone(wishful thinking) but now am more convinced some type of hernia. Pain to the right side of unbilical as well as bloat and at times a knot feeling below belly button after food digest to there,I must take milk of magnesium daily to make sure gets through. Pelvic cramping and pain even on the labia groin and at times thigh pain. Nausea comes and goes. I did lift rocks and moved a heavy pot and felt a pull a month or two ago. When pelvic pain is bad usually before bowel, after bowel, after urinating bending I feel a ripping on previous surgeries which I think is inflammation but also a ripping along my c-section scar. Something is not right as this has been daily and not improving so I do not want to be put through unnecessary test and sent dr to dr. I feel this may have started my previous hernias as very similar. Iím wondering if I had a small abdominal or obturator hernia. Hoping we now have someone here in Florida to check. If you think I should start somewhere else please let me know. If something is on ultra sound results tomorrow I will repost.

    please I do not want to go through 2 1/2 years of its in my head. Hoping there is a dr here to at least get an idea of whatís going on
    thanks
    kathy

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    Look up Dr. Micheal G Franz. He learned from Dr. Bruce Ramshaw.

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    • #3
      Ok thank you! I saw dr ramshaw before he left for tenn. good to know

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      • #4
        Check out Dr Yunis if he is still practicing in Sarasota. I would trust with Goodyear and Ramshaw.

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        • #5
          Dr Jonathan Yunis in Sarasota FL is apparently able to perform all hernia repair types (open, laparoscopic, mesh, non-mesh)

          For no-mesh simple inguinal hernias, Dr Robert Tomas does Desarda repair in FL as well.

          If you're uncertain of a diagnosis, a scan with valsalva is often helpful. Ultasound, CT, MRI all can be done with valsalva and can help to diagnose hernias, though MRI is sometimes more challenging for the clinic if they have not done it before.



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          • #6
            Sorry I havenít gotten back! Thank you for your suggestions. I was doing well again, but symptoms back! A lot of tear and ripping when bending, getting up, and after bathroom. I did have a UTI 3 weeks ago. First time ever thought it was a kidney stone pain was so bad. Lifted and pushed a chaise lounge and hopefully this is just a strain. Although symptoms feel much like before. Mostly on right side at the end of my c-section scar and I do feel a bulge. Also to the right of my umbilical cord where it feels food hangs up.
            Not a fan of MRI. I do not want to go through two and a half years undiagnosed.
            So... where should I go? Obgyn, hernia specialist? Hope to here back soon.
            thanks

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=aminuts;n7553]Sorry I havenít gotten back! Thank you for your suggestions. I was doing well again, but symptoms back! A lot of tear and ripping when bending, getting up, and after bathroom. I did have a UTI 3 weeks ago. First time ever thought it was a kidney stone pain was so bad. Lifted and pushed a chaise lounge and hopefully this is just a strain. Although symptoms feel much like before. Mostly on right side at the end of my c-section scar and I do feel a bulge. Also to the right of my umbilical cord where it feels food hangs up.
              Not a fan of MRI. I do not want to go through two and a half years undiagnosed.
              So... where should I go? Obgyn, hernia specialist? Hope to here back soonso


              Excellent advice from the above posters. I've come to the conclusion that the hernia specialist to see...are only the ones listed on this forum with the exception of the fellow in NV. They are what I call true specialist. So far all the specialist I've talked to in my town and Phoenix are not specialist. As soon as I mention mesh these so called specialist say they are not qualified to even open me up to look as mesh is too complicated and dangerous to even mess with.

              So I've come to the conclusion that I must see Dr. Towfigh or another real hernia doctor on this board. If not, I will be given the run around and never get anywhere and worse. It also means disrupting my life as having to travel out of state is beyond acceptable to most of us. It costs money most of us do not have.But is necessary if I want this nightmare to end.

              It is criminal what these so called doctors have done. A fix that is ment to be permanent but is not. My years of research have shown regardless of the method used to repair the hernia.....is just a bandaid.And how long that bandaid lasts is anyones guess.The small percentage that mesh is supposed have over tissue repair is not worth it.

              At least if a tissue repair comes undone you don't have mesh possibly going to make you sick or torture you until it is out.Sorry for the rambling but none of us should have to go through any of this. Mesh is installed... problems arise....we are told.." It's in your head,it can't be the mesh. And it's not my problem,bye."


              My option if I was you. See one of the real hernia specialist. As you've already experienced the run around for 2 and a half years.My life is ruined.Now I have to re do everything different just to be able to afford a real doctor to fix this. My plans for school have now changed as well.

              Take care best of luck.
              WE ARE 138

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              • #8
                Hi Lucky46
                its not rambling! Sometimes it helps just to get it out. Your one hundred percent right! Hopefully if more of us speak up and get it out there, others wonít have to suffer as we did. Unfortunately, I think most of the focus needs to begin with the radiologist reading the reports!! Most doctors now a days just read the report. Itís not like the old days where they would look at the images and you have 4 eyes making a decision.
                I hope you feel better, I just want to tell you Dr Towfigh is your doctor if you can make the trip. She is the best!!!! You will be in the best hands and she will know what to do.
                if this becomes the run around and even if they make a suggestion, you can best believe I will be sending my images to her for a second opinion. I was told nothing wrong and she found 4 hernias!!!
                SEE DR TOWFIGH SHE CAN HELP YOU
                g
                Good luck

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