Does Marijuana Help Surgery Recovery?

Marijuana is now legal in many states and it is important to understand the effects on the human body. Marijuana has two active molecules: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD the non-psychoactive component and CBD is legal in the USA. THC is the psychoactive component (it produces a “High” for the user) and will affect cognition. THC is not legal in many states.

CBD decreases inflammation, reduces nausea, helps alleviate pain, and is an anxiolytic.  THC also helps relieve pain and nausea and it also improves appetite and decreases muscle spasms. The “High” associated with TCH and its effect on cognition is not tolerated by some patients.

But most patients find that combining CBD and THC yields the best result.

Forms of Marijuana

Some Marijuana products are CBD dominant (the product contains more CBD than THC), and some Marijuana products are THC dominant (the product contains more THC than CBD).…

Can You Shower After Surgery?

You had your hernia repaired and you are on your way home from the surgery center. You are hot and sweaty from the car ride. Your skin is itchy from the betadine skin prep, and you are starting to smell. You have a box of baby wet wipes, but you really want a shower. Is it safe to get naked and jump in the shower?

After your surgery, the body immediately starts the healing process. After 12 hours, the skin is healed enough to prevent bacteria from entering through the incision. So 12 hours after your hernia repair feel free to take off the gauze and the tape and take a shower. Soap will not hurt the incision.

Afterward, you can leave the incision open to the air. If there is some drainage, put a fresh bandage on overnight.

Only one person in the shower with you until you feel…

Not All Bodies Are The Same

It Would Be Nice everyone’s body was exactly the same on the inside. That way it a surgeon would always know where important structures were located and therefore during surgery, these vital structures could be quickly identified and protected. But the human body makes its own decisions and does not always follow the rules found in the anatomy books.

During hernia repairs, the nerves are the structure most commonly in the “wrong place”.
In the anatomy books, the genital nerve usually is on the posterior aspect of the cord, but it can be found on the floor of the inguinal canal or along the inguinal ligament. The Ilioinguinal nerve usually runs on the anterior aspect of the spermatic cord, but it can run along the internal oblique muscle. The iliohypogastric nerve usually runs along the anterior aspect of the internal oblique muscle, but it can be found traveling within the…

Women Get Sports Hernias

You are a woman and are suffering from inguinal and groin pain. Unfortunately, you have been told that women do not get sports hernias.  To add to the problem, when you see your surgeon, he/she only talks with you for a few minutes and barely even examines you. You are told to rest. You are told to take some Advil. You are told to try physical therapy. In short, go away and do not bother me anymore. Then the doctor rushes off to see one of the male patients.

It is true that fewer women than men get sports hernias, but it is also true that women push their bodies just as hard as men. And women often suffer from Sports Hernia injuries. Over ten percent of the athletes that I take care of are women. And if a female athlete does not improve with conservative treatment then surgery is…

Passing Experience on to You

There is a sign in my Auto Mechanic’s shop that says:

“I Cheat the Other Guy and Pass the Savings on to You.”

I smile every time I read the sign. But in a way, this message also applies to surgeons.

No one is perfect (except for my daughter) and during every operation, the surgeon should think, “Could I have done that operation a little bit better?”  A good surgeon will then incorporate those improvements into the next operation.

To update my mechanic’s sign:

“I learned from the operation on the previous patient and pass that experience on to You.”

Please do not hesitate to contact me about your sports hernia or your classic hernia.

Bill Brown, M.D.

Feeling Great

Good morning Dr. Brown.

I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for my hernia repair and your care following my surgery. I am feeling great! Take care and thanks again!

D.T.

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William Brown, MD
Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been repairing inguinal hernias for over 30 years, taking care of Athletes with Sports Hernia injuries since 1999.  Dr. Brown has been taking care of patients with complications from mesh for so long that his hair is gray. Luckily he still has some hair.

His patients include players from the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, and the local college teams. As well as Athletes from 15 foreign countries.

Location:
Fremont Office
William H. Brown, M.D.
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

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