Dr. Sidney Vinson

Gastroenterology
Fayetteville, AR
29 years experience male

Locations

Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic

Fayetteville, AR

Address

3344 Futrall Drive, Fayetteville, AR
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Mercy Health Plans of MO

QualChoice of Arkansas

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Dr. Sidney Vinson provides colon cancer screenings and care to patients with gastrointestinal and liver problems. A Fayetteville native, Dr. Vinson has a medical degree from the University Of Arkansas School Of Medicine. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Vinson is board certified in Gastroenterology. Prior to moving back to Arkansas, he was a Major in the United States Army Medical Corps and Assistant Chief of Gastroenterology at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After completing 12 years of military service, Dr. Vinson, moved back to Northwest Arkansas to be a part of this wonderful family oriented community.

Specialties
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Gastroenterology

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508 Answers
55 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not sure: These symptoms are not specific but if you have nausea and vomiting lasting more than a day or so you should see your doctor.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: The odor of your burps depends primarily on what is in your stomach. If food sets there too long it can decompose to some degree. Smaller meals with l... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not likely: If it is stomach ulcers you are referring to, this would be a very unusual complaint. I suppose if you had a severely bleeding ulcer or were profound... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not really: If severe liver disease is present then a low salt, low protein diet may be appropriate.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Perhaps: Avoid being overweight, eating within 3 hours of sleeping, caffeine, nicotine, peppermint, chocolate, alcohol, large fatty meals, tomatoes and tomato ... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Don't eat spoiled food. Cook poultry and other meats thoroughly. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables well before eating them.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: No, not gerd per se. Gerd can lead to barretts esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer and ultimately death. Esophageal cancer is becoming more... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not normal: This symptom could represent several illnesses including gallstones and irritable bowel syndrome. You should see your doctor.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Sometimes: This can be a symptom of benign hemorrhoids or cancer. All rectal bleeding should be evaluated.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
It depends: Diarrhea is not a disease but a symptoms. Many of the diseases which cause diarrhea are communicable (viral diseases, hepatitis a, clostridium diffic... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Painful contractions: Esophageal spasm is the painful, simultaneous contraction of the musculature of the esophagus. These muscles generally contract in a peristaltic moti... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Make sure he follows up with his doctor properly, takes his medications as prescribed, maintains a low sodium diet and avoids alcohol.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Several: Inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis), strictures or narrowing of the esophagus, barrett's metaplasia (precancerous transformation), and esophag... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Quickly: Generally a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) will work within and hour.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Physical exam: One can generally see prolapse by inspection while the patient is bearing down.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Deep penetration with a hard object could certainly cause rectal injury and if recurrent could lead to some chronic inflammation.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Depends on the cause: Fistulae caused by Crohn's disease can be treated with medications such as remcade. Others often require surgery or occasionally can be treated by inj... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: You should not eat for 6 hours prior to an endoscopy.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Different salts: Both are salts of potassium. One contains carbonate the other citrate. Potassium is the primary ingredient in both n.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Possibly: If these symptoms resolve when you stop the suppliment then the suppliment is the likely cause.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Localized disease: Ulcerative proctitis refers to a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon, localized to the rectum. It can progress to involve the entire colon. Th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Bloating, cramping: Bloating, cramping and diarrhea are the most common side effects. There is a small risk of bowel perforation as well.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
It Can: One of the more worrisome side-effects of interferon therapy is depression. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are known to be associated with in... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Blood test abnormal: This usually refers to elevated liver enzymes (ast, alt or alkaline phosphatase). There are numerous causes for elevated liver enzymes to include alc... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Antibiotics: There are several antibiotic regimens which, along with acid suppression, have been proven to eradicated h.Pylori with 70-90% success rates.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Lots...: Fatigue, headache, rigors, fever, insomnia, irritability, depression, dizziness, impaired concentration, anxiety, emotional lability, hair loss, pruri... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
None: The only herbal supplement with any potential benefit is milk thistle. This has been used for years as an herbal liver aid. It has been studied as a p... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Stress can make symptoms worse but probably does not significantly affect disease activity.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not always: It can improve with stool softeners and fiber but often requries surgical correction. Mild symptoms or disease in the elderly or ill may preclude the... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
It depends: This can be diet related but can also be a warning sign for liver or biliary disease. You should see your doctor. Mucous is a whitish substance ofte... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: There are several including an ileoanal anastamosis, end ileostomy, continent ileostomy and others. You should discuss this with your colorectal surge... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Colonoscopy: The best way to detect and definatively diagnosis colon cancer is with a colonoscopy.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Bleeding and others: Rectal bleeding, weight loss, change in bowel habits, and anemia are the most common. Unfortunatley many are asymptomatic until the tumor is large.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Nausea, vomit, diarr: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping are the most common symptoms.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Well balanced diet: There are no specific foods you can eat which are "good" for your liver. You should eat a well balanced diet and avoid things which are toxic to you ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Generally very: Sugery generally is curative for rectal prolapse.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: There are a number of medications used to treat acid reflux. Non-medical therapies or preventitive therapies include weight loss, avoiding late meals,... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Sort of: Batretts esophagus is an asymptomatic disease caused by reflux. Barretts in itself may reduce reflux symptoms a bit but is a precancerous condition. D... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Jaundice caused my cancer which obstructs the bile ducts and occasionally jaundice caused by gallstones may require surgical therapy. This is a very b... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: It is important to always take an adequate supply of medications with you. You should not travel to 3rd world countries or be exposed to poor sanitar... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Chronic pancreatitis pain my be helped with pancreatic enzyme suppliments. Acute pancreatitis pain generally requires narcotics for pain control.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Be careful: Botulism is quite uncommon and occurs when spoiled food is consumed. Clostridium botulinum is the offending bacteria but it is the consumption of the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Bacterial infection: Saonella is a bacteria often found in poultry which causes intestinal infection in humans. Symptoms include diarrhea which may be bloody, fever, chil... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Yes: Anorectal trauma can cause acute rectal injury but this should heal. Chronic proctitis is not caused ny trauma unless the trauma is recurrent or persi... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Having a family history of colon cancer, a history of colon polyps, having ulcerative colitis and smoking all increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
See below: Eating within 3 hours of bedtime, overating, meals high in fat, tomatoes, spicy foods, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint, and alcohol can all make gerd ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not common but occur: Colon polyps are not common in children but do occur on occasion. These polyps are generally juvenile type polyps which are not generally malignant o... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Oral, rectal, inject: Melamine suppositories or enemas are generally the best. Oral melamine and oral or rectal steroids are also used. For severe, refractory cases injecta... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
Not really: The over-the-counter lactaid may help though.
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Testimonials
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Sep 12, 2013
Gives kind, informative answers. A pleasure to recommend.
Sep 12, 2013
Gives good medical advice and is caring
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vinson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! this helped me know why my stomach felt this way i already knew i have abdominal pain from a long time and now i know why i have pain right now thanks so much u were ver...Read More
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It was 8yrs ago. But i did see a doctor and it turned out to betrapped gas and the x-ray should no fecal matter. I was given phosphate solution to clean out my abdomen. Thanx foe the reply though.
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you so much, this helped me out so much as I didn't know what to eat or drink because of all the wives tales being bought up with.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine, AR
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Springdale, AR - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Arkansas - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Springdale, AR - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic
Washington Regional Medical Center
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