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 Dr. Edelman currently practices at Doctor’s Hospital of Coral Gables (a Baptist Health Systems hospital), South Miami Hospital and Surgical Park Center in Kendall. He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, and after graduating from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in 1982 returned to Florida for his surgical residency, at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach.
Dr. Edelman is Board Certified and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has lectured in the United States and abroad on laparoscopic, minimally invasive, gallbladder, inguinal hernia, sports hernia and robotic surgery. He has also published numerous articles in several journals. He reviews articles on laparoscopic surgery for a few major surgical journals including: Hernia and Surgical Endoscopy.
Dr. Edelman is a solo practitioner with a knowledgeable and competent office staff where you will get individualized treatment and care. His practice combines the use of the most modern equipment, facilities and techniques including Robotics with the personalized care of a small office.

Dr. Edelman pioneered laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the South Miami area in 1989, and has successfully performed and taught this procedure thousands of times.  In this surgery to remove a diseased gallbladder, between one (single access) and three tiny incisions are made in the patient’s abdomen, with the primary surgery done through the umbilicus (belly button), hence the name “belly button surgery”.     This is outpatient surgery; patients arrive for their surgery, and upon the completion of the surgery are usually able to go home within 23 hours. The surgery itself takes Dr. Edelman an average of 1 hour to complete.
  Return to work with a minimally invasive procedure such as single port or traditional laparoscopy is typically 1 week, with complete return to all activities, including strenuous exercise, within 6 weeks.

Dr. Edelman is a leading figure in the treatment of inguinal and incisional hernias by the laparoscopic method.  He has performed thousands of these procedures, and finds the patients have much less pain with the laparoscopic technique than the more traditional open repair, even when the open repair is done with minimal incisions.  Complications are few and the rate of success is high. With Dr. Edelman’s technique, the incisions are less than a quarter of an inch in size and the procedure generally takes less than an hour to complete. Less time under anesthesia is always better for the patient, and this may help explain why patients seem to do so well after these procedures.
Dr. Edelman sometimes uses a robot, at Doctor’s Hospital, to do a hernia repair, where it will be of help.  The robot benefits the patient because it allows the surgeon to make very small incisions and provides the surgeon with a highly magnified view, resulting in a finely meticulous Hernia Repair.
Patients recover quickly from this procedure, and it is as outpatient surgery.  Patients generally are discharged from the surgery center within 4 hours of their surgery, and generally can return to work in a week or two.

Over the past several years Dr. Edelman has perfected a method of treatment for Sports Hernias.  He is well recognized among the sports community and area orthopedic surgeons as being the surgeon best able to diagnose and repair this condition in South Florida.    Dr. Edelman has worked with the NBA’s Miami Heat since 1989. He has also treated many professional athletes from the Florida Panthers, Miami Marlins, Miami Dolphins, Miami FC (Strikers), college athletes including those from the Florida International University (FIU) sports program, and many other college and high school athletes.  Of course, he has also helped many “weekend warriors” as well.
Most patients require general anesthesia, and are treated in an outpatient facility.  The repair of the hernia takes under an hour, and patients typically go home within 4 hours of their surgery.  Patients can return to work within 3 days, and vigorous physical activity within 1 month.
Dr. Edelman has lectured on the diagnosis and treatment of Sport’s hernias at The American College of Surgeons, The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American Hernia Society, and written and published many articles on the topic.

An umbilical hernia involves a bulge or pouch that forms in the abdomen around the “belly button”. A section of the intestine or fatty abdominal tissue pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall near the belly button. An umbilical hernia may begin as a painless lump in or near the navel (belly button), but when it becomes painful or enlarges, surgery may be indicated.
Umbilical hernias can be treated with surgery to push the bulge back into place and strengthen the weakness in the abdominal wall. Surgery will get rid of the hernia and prevent any serious complications, although there’s a chance of it returning after the operation.
An umbilical hernia repair is a relatively simple procedure that normally takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is usually used so there’s no pain while the operation is carried out. Complications from an umbilical hernia repair are uncommon. It’s usually possible to go home the same day as having an umbilical hernia repair but you cannot drive the day or surgery or for a few days afterward.
It’s normal to feel sore and uncomfortable immediately after surgery.
Normal activities can gradually be resumed over time until they can be carried out without feeling any pain. Most people are able to do light activities after 1 or 2 weeks, while strenuous activities should be avoided for about 4 to 6 weeks.
Dr. Edelman has an extensive experience with this condition.  Call his office at 305-271-4080 to make an appointment, meet with him and discuss your surgical options.

Incisional hernias present as a bulge or protrusion at or near the area of a surgical incision. Virtually any prior abdominal operation can develop an incisional hernia at the scar area. While incisional hernias can occur at any incision, they tend to occur more commonly along a straight line from the sternum straight down to the belly button and pubis. They can be complex and contain the intestines. Hernias in these areas have a high rate of recurrence if repaired using a simple suture technique since sutures cause tension and tension leads to a hernia. For this reason, it is especially advised that these be repaired via a tension free repair method using a synthetic mesh.
Dr. Edelman is experienced in fixing these hernias and can discuss with you the different options available. The 3 different techniques used are: open repair with mesh, laparoscopic repair with mesh and Robotic repair with mesh. After examining you in his office, he can recommend the safest repair for your hernia.

This technology allows Dr. Edelman to work with greater precision using the highest quality optics and hand instruments. Dr. Edelman likes to compare Robotics to going to see a movie in the IMAX experience.  It is the same operation as conventional laparoscopy but Robotics is very intensive and “high tech”. The robot enhances Dr. Edelman’s ability to perform the operation like removing the gallbladder, repair an inguinal or abdominal wall hernia (with or without placing mesh) as well as other General Surgical procedures. Dr. Edelman was one on the early adopters of this technology using Aesop and Hermes and now using the DaVinci Robotic system. He has published articles and written chapters in surgical texts on this topic relating to hernia repairs. His vast surgical experience and care for you, his patient, will be recognized and appreciated as many have come to find.  Do not hesitate to call Dr. Edelman and ask him if the Robotic approach to your surgical condition is indicated.

There is a lot of confusion about surgical mesh.  Surgical mesh is used to provide additional support to repair weakened or damaged tissue. The majority of surgical mesh devices are constructed from synthetic materials or animal tissue. Non-absorbable mesh will remain in the body indefinitely and is considered a permanent implant. It is used to provide permanent reinforcement to repair a hernia.
Animal-derived mesh is made of animal tissue, such as intestine or skin that has been processed and disinfected to be safe for use as an implanted device. They are absorbable. The majority of tissue used to produce these mesh implants are from a pig (porcine) or cow (bovine) source. Absorbable mesh will degrade and lose strength over time but is intended to provide new tissue growth to provide strength to the repair.
The most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma), and bowel obstruction. Some other potential adverse events that can occur following hernia repair with mesh are mesh migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction).
Many complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh that have been reported to the FDA have been associated with recalled mesh products that are no longer on the market. Dr. Edelman will select the safest mesh available that is appropriate for your medical condition.

Perspiration is the body’s natural method of cooling itself down during active periods or exposure to warm conditions. Severe hand sweating with a feeling of embarrassment is usually caused by an increased activity in the sympathetic nervous system; a system of nerves over which we have no control. Such excessive perspiration is not important for normal regulation and control of body temperature. These conditions can be cured by dividing or clamping the nerves which regulate sweating of the hands, armpit and face as well as facial blushing. The surgical cure for this affliction is known as ETS or Endoscopic Transthoracic Sympathectomy. Dr. Edelman has successfully located these specialized areas of the nervous system inside the chest cavity using a miniature camera and instrument. The nerve supply to the sweat glands is cut or clamped, preventing excessive sweating.The effect of the operation is immediate. Compensatory sweating occurs in all patients but only severe in 2% of patients.
Dr. Edelman has successfully treated thousands of patients using this technique.
Call or email him for information- 305-271-4080.

A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist. This means that in order to be a good doctor a man must also have a good character, that is to say, whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must love his fellow human beings in the concrete and desire their good before his own.

by W. H. Auden

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We are a member of the TopLine MD Alliance, a collective group of practices, providers and specialty centers that help patients navigate a complicated healthcare system.

Membership in the Alliance is highly selective and based on exceptional patient satisfaction. Our priority is to provide you with top-of-the-line care, through a network of dedicated people you can trust, while making your experience simple and convenient.

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Patient Feedback

Bill Y.

It was been a year since Dr. Edelman completed the surgery on me to stop my hands from sweating. What a year it has been! I have grown leaps and bounds socially and emotionally. I don’t have to worry about my sweaty hands anymore. I have Dr. Edelman to thank for this! He was very professional, very caring, and simply an excellent surgeon! I could not be more pleased being under his care, and I will be forever grateful for it. Words really can’t express how much I am appreciative, but this review will have to do. Thank you so much Dr. Edelman for changing my life for the better!  

Ivonne A.

  Dr. Edelman is amazing!!! He has the best bedside manner! He is knowledgeable and takes his time to explain things. I had surgery today and I am in no pain and even went to the supermarket. I would recommend him in a heartbeat 💗. His staff is also amazing! They are so nice and helpful.  

Roberto H.

  I had hernia surgery with Dr. Edelman in March, and everything went absolutely perfect. Aside from being a fine surgeon, Dr. Edelman treats his patients with genuine care, explains the procedure in clear, simple terms, and does not try to force a decision on the patient. You can’t help but trust this doctor and go into surgery with full confidence in a positive outcome. The office staff is wonderful–very helpful, knowledgeable, always willing to answer questions in a friendly manner. I could not be happier with my choice of surgeon and his office.  

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