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About Garth Jacobsen

Garth Jacobsen, MD is a Doctor primarily located in San Diego, CA, with another office in San Diego, CA. He has 17 years of experience. His specialties include General Surgery. Garth Jacobsen is affiliated with UC San Diego Medical Center, UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest and Promise Hospital San Diego.

Rating Overview

24 Ratings with 8 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Garth Jacobsen is Great. Garth Jacobsen has been rated by 24 patients. From those 24 patients 8 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Garth Jacobsen is 4.2 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

UC San Diego Health - La Jolla Executive Drive - Surgical Specialties

4520 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
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UC San Diego Health - La Jolla Executive Drive

4510 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
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Specialties

Garth Jacobsen has the following 1 specialty

  • General Surgery

    A surgical specialist is a physician who has additional training in a specific area of surgery.
    The American Board of Medical Specialties acknowledges the following surgical specialties: general surgery, thoracic and cardiac surgery, colon and rectal surgery, obstetrics and gynecological surgery, neurological surgery, ophthalmic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngological surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, urological surgery, and vascular surgery.
    Some procedures are performed by more than one type of specialist. Also, some surgeons may choose to specialize in specific procedures within their specialty area. For example, a plastic and maxillofacial surgeon may specialize in performing rhinoplasty procedures.

  • Expertise

    3 Expertise

  • Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Surgery (Laparoscopy)
  • Surgery

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Reviews

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Five Stars

I had inguinal hernia surgery by Dr. Jacobsen in early May. I have waited six months to comment to assess the success. I did a lot of research on surgeons and the possible surgical repairs. I determined that I wanted a laparoscopic repair because there was less trauma to the body therefore less pain and a faster recovery. Unfortunately that approach had a higher rate of complications. I learned that the learning curve for that type of surgery was approximately 200 cases; after that the complication rates were equal for either laparoscopic or open repair. By research and reputation I selected Dr. Jacobsen who was way beyond the 200 cases learning curve. The office the office visit was good, he did not act rushed and answered all my questions. I had the surgery as an outpatient at the surgery center. The nurses and anesthesiologists were all excellent. The surgery took less than an hour. Dr. Jacobsen spoke to me after and told me that it was a success. He also told me the most important thing was to apply ice, not at the incisions up by the navel, but down near the groin were the repair was done. I never took a pain pill and was up and about on the next day with minimal discomfort. As I stated I did a lot of research on the different surgical methods including watching many surgeries online. Dr. Jacobsen provided a picture of the mesh placed to fix my direct and indirect hernia, it was attached much better than any of the videos that I had seen online (which the other surgeons thought was worthy of putting online). It is now about six months later all hernia pain is gone and there is no pain from the mesh or repair. I would strongly recommend Dr. Jacobsen.

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surgery

I would NOT recommend this Dr. to anyone!!!!! Had a surgery was not told everything, my family was told it was a simple repair. It was like I was wasting his time. 15 mos later find out what he did from a new surgeon. My health has gone down hill because of him.

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Hernia Laproscopic Surgery

I would choose Dr. Jacobsen again without hesitation. He performed a hernia repair on my left side, and I had no pain or even discomfort from it, at all. It was out-patient surgery. I went home, and other than being a little groggy from the anesthesia, I was up, moving around, working, no problem, no discomfort. And that's the way it stayed. It's been 3+ weeks, and it's healing fine, feeling good, and the small incisions seem to be fading already. I had a hernia repair 7 years ago on the right side, and had about 3 days of discomfort afterwards. That one also went extremely well, and I'm not complaining at all about the 3 days, it was very minor discomfort. But the fact that Dr. Jacobsen seemed to improve even on that is amazing to me. For this type of surgery, I can highly recommend him.

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Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Went in for minor Inguinal Hernia repair. After initial Dr, visit surgery was scheduled two weeks later. I had Laparoscopic Surgery. Meaning it was done with two small incisions one for camera one for tools. I consented to be cut open but the laparocopic was successful. A small piece of mesh secured the Hernia. Everything went well. I was left with two 1/4 inch scars on each side of my stomach parallel to the belly button. The scars were closed by glue. There was some throbbing for 1.5 day and then I felt fine.

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Four Stars

Don't be put off by 37-year-old Dr. Jacobsen's baby face guessing that he's too young to do the job right, because if you have an abdominal or groin hernia, he is THE San Diego expert.I have always been a nervous, apprehensive patient with millions of questions, so I was relieved from the moment he walked into the exam room; By his professional and calming demeanor and detailed explanation of my choices, I knew instantly that he was the right one to perform my surgery. If you have a bulging, painful hernia that has been plaguing you, don't wait any longer - call Dr. Jacobsen and learn your options. We're fortunate to have him right here in our hometown.

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  • Hospital Affiliations

    Jacobsen is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest
  • Promise Hospital San Diego
  • UCSD Thornton Hospital, La Jolla
  • Education

    17 Years Experience

  • University Of Washington School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2000

  • University Of Illinois At Chicago

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Garth Jacobsen accepts the following insurance providers.

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