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    What kind of doctor for a hernia?
    baymarekzd posted:
    My husband is having pain in his groin and thinks it may be a hernia, he doesn't have a regular doctor. What type of doctor should he go to? Does a urologist work on hernias since they are in the groin area?
    counterso responded:
    He can be checked by any doctor for suspicion of a hernia, but treatment will most likely be from a urologist. Do not wait. Hernias can become life-threatening if left untreated.
    Lavarra responded:
    I has been suffering with a Hernia for several years and now it has grown very large. I need to have surgery but I have no insurance and do not have a regular doctor. I just don't know what to do at this point. This Hernia is near my groin area too.
    counterso replied to Lavarra's response:
    An untreated hernia can become extremely life-threatening at any point. You must see a doctor for treatment. Discuss with them up front that you do not have insurance coverage, and surely they will work out a payment plan with you. You cannot leave it unattended. You do not need a primary care physician. Go straight to the urologist office and when you call, tell them that you have a long untreated hernia and it has continued to worsen. You should address it this week.
    David13224 replied to counterso's response:
    Funny, I just had to get a new urologist. My last one was quite good and unfortunately I was dismissed from his practice (AMP Urology) because I became irritated with one of the receptionists, ouch.
    I told his resident that my last urologist examined me and said I had a bulge in my inguinal area. I pointed it out to him. He said I didn't.
    I wrote a note to the attending dr., Dr. Byler, on the website, and his nurse wrote me back that "if I thought I had a hernia I should get a general surgeon because urologists don't do that."
    I have Medicare Excellus PPO. Can you recommend a decent urologist in Syracuse, NY????
    counterso replied to David13224's response:
    WebMD does not allow for specific doctor recommendations. Contact the AUA (American Urological Association) for a recommendation. You also have the option to report this behavior to the medical board.

    Both urologists and general surgeons perform hernia repairs. All urologists are surgeons.

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