Meet Doctor Magdi Alexander
- Received his undergraduate degree in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles
- Masters of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Chicago Medical School
- Residency at University of California, San Diego and Kern Medical Center
- American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons
WHAT IS A HERNIA?
A hernia is a general term which refers to a protrusion of tissue through a structure or part of an organ. In other words, when something penetrates through muscle tissue or a membrane.
Hernias most commonly occur in the abdomen. A part of the abdominal wall may be weak and allows a localized hole to develop – this hole is also known as a defect.
In most cases a hernia will occur when the compartment which envelopes an organ receives increased pressure, which weakens the boundary.
Do these symptoms sound familiar?
- See or feel a bulge in your abdomen or groin.
- Experience abdominal discomfort.
- Experience discoloration of skin.
- Men may experience swelling or pain in the scrotum.
- Have nausea, vomiting, or fever.
- (In Hiatal hernias) Experience heartburn, indigestion, unusual belching, or difficulty swallowing.
SHOULD I SEE DR. ALEXANDER?
It is essential to have a hernia examined by a hernia specialist. If a hernia is left untreated, it can increase in size and become more painful, and cause potential life-threatening complications. Most importantly, any hernia can lead to more serious, even life-threatening complications. If you think you have a hernia, see Dr. Magdi Alexander. Dr. Magdi Alexander can confirm the diagnosis and discuss your treatment options.
What are the risks and complications associated with hernias?
- Risk of strangulation: In considering when to have a reducible hernia operated on, it is important to know the risk of strangulation.
- The risk varies with the location and size of the hernia and the length of time it has been present.
- Inguinal hernias, the most common type of hernia, have been the most intensively studied. For direct and indirect inguinal hernias, the risk of strangulation is 2.8% for the first three months, increasing to 4.5% over two years.
- Femoral hernias, although rare, are especially prone to strangulation.
- In general, hernias with large sac contents and a relatively small opening are more likely to become strangulated.
- Hernias are more likely to become irreducible in the first few weeks than over months or years, but even hernias that have been present for many years may become irreducible.
The hernia experts at SoCal Hernia are committed to making this process as easy as possible for you, from your first consultation to your recovery after treatment or surgery.
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Doctor Alexander is a professional, confident physician who will make himself your partner on this journey to a better, healthier you. He is compassionate, kind, caring and will take time to talk to you about your condition in order to find the best possible treatment. His bedside manner is like no other.