Dr. Eric Kaplan

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Plano, TX
44 years experience male

Locations

Eric R. Kaplan, MD, PA

Plano, TX

Address

6130 W Parker Rd., Ste 112, Plano, TX
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

(972) 981-7714

Insurances accepted

CIGNA Open Access

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About

Bio

Born in Suffern NY Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio for undergraduate, graduate and medical school, graduating in 1979 Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Texas Southwestern for General surgery Residency from 1979-1984 Parkland, UTHCSW, Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for Colon and Rectal Fellowship, 1984-1985 Private practice 1985 to present, limitted to Colon and Rectal Surgery Member of the Credential committee, Oncology Committee, and Chairman of the Colon and Rectal Oncology Sub Committe at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

Specialties
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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Surgery - Colorectal

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

1.8K Answers
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Usually I have : My patients stay on their current meds with the exception of aspirin, coumadin, (warfarin) fish oil and vit e. But don't take your meds just before st... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Uncomfortable: But not dangerous unless your constipation is caused by an un-diagnosed problem in your colon. If this is recurrent, at your age you should consider a... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Number one cause of: This, pruritus ani, itchy butt, is excessive caffeine. Beer also tends to make this worse as does excessive perspiration. Stop all caffeine and beer a... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Depends: If you are over 50 and have no prior hx or family history of colon polyps or cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, the current recommendations are onc... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
If the hemorhoids: Inflamed and slowly bleeding, passing gas will release any blood accumulating in the rectum. But any other rectal/colonic source of bleeding may also ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you e... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
You'll need: Regular colonoscopies at a frequency to be determined by your doctor. Probably a reasonable frequency is in 3 years and stay on that schedule if numer... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Lower right abdomina: Pain is most often acute appendicitis or kidney stone. Right upper quadrant could be gall bladder issues.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Worrisome: You don't mention any other symptoms, but the fact of the matter is that this is not normal and should not have gone on this long without an evaluati... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
In most: Cases is it is not enough fiber, not enough fluids and excess caffeine and alcohol. Also some medications contribute to constipation and thus your flu... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you e... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Probably: not a good thing. call your endoscopist and notify them as they may decide to cancel or suggest another prep to try to salvage the procedure.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
ABSOLUTELY!!: Hemorrhoidal bleeding usually is not dark maroon and with your family history you need to get one. Do Not delay in getting in to see a gastroenterolog... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Not sure: as diverticulitis requires you to have diverticulosis or the "pockets". IF you do not have diverticulosis you can not have diverticulitis. Perhaps you... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
No: not usually. best to get it properly checked out, diagnosed and treated. Do not ignore
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Flex sig is: a type of endoscopy, but generally flex sig looks at the lower third of your colon, an office procedure, and endoscopy usually implies looking down yo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Can be: most likely an external hemorrhoid or an abscess. f no fever likely the hemorrhoid. avoid diarrhea/ constipation. if fever or increased swelling, pain... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Try: A Fleet mineral oil enema. hold it in for 30 minutes if possible and lying on your left side with feet on a pillow above your hips. Once cleared, to a... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Incomplete: evacuation and smeary difficult clean up of stool is a degree of constipation due usually to inadequate fluids or excessive caffeine/alcohol intake bo... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
I agree: that this needs surgical evaluation by a colon and rectal surgeon and definitely surgical drainage. Perhaps interventional radiology can assist but st... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
First all: you need to be examined by a gastroenterologist or colon and rectal surgeon after either has met you, discussed your symptoms and concerns over IBD an... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Generally: I recommend dietary and fluid management and have the best success with this meds available have limited success and usually only mask some of the sym... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
No: particular diet restrictions after 6 weeks from surgery
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
In a normal person: without any prior surgeries or GI diseases, about 60 90 minutes from the mouth thru the small intestine to reach the colon and then another 24-36 hour... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: but also acidic foods such as anything with a tomato base to it can cause burning pain, however an underlying anal fissure will be burning with virtua... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Proctitis: Which is an inflammation of the rectum seen in Ulcerative proctitis or crohn's proctitis or non specific proctitis/radiation proctitis. Sometimes they... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Could also: be gastritis or a gastric ulcer or pancreatitis. IF you haven't seen a GI doctor or had an upper endoscopy or UGI xray, that would be my first recomme... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
I would: use the fleet brand of enema or the drug store version which is generally 6-8 ounces. Be sure to be lying down on your left side with feet elevated ab... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is comp... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Probably: Just an external hemorrhoid. Not to worry unless recurs or gets bigger
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is comp... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
No iodine: is used during a colonoscopy. Not sure what you mean by"coming out of him." IS the brown fluid in his semen or from his rectum. If semen, needs to see... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Not sure: what it looks like but could be thrush especially if you have been on broad spectrum antibiotics. Have your PCP examine and if confirmed is usually ea... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
A simple: external anal exam, digital rectal and possible anoscopy will confirm if you have symptomatic hemorrhoids
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
You need: to discuss this with your endoscopist but generally the day before is a bowel prep that includes clear liquids all day and some type of purgative that... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Could be especially: if it drains yellowish thick purulent material. could also be a small hemorrhoidor your everyday "zit"
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Depending: On age, most common cause is constipation and hemorrhoids; however always concerned for colon pathology such as inflammation or colitis, colon polyps,... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Not: a problem, assuming you got the results you needed. If not consider discussing with your doctor before trying anything more on your own
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A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Celiac disease: HLA-DQ2 and DQ8 are markers to help in diagnosing celiac disease not colitis. Discuss your results with a GI doctor or your PCP.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Internal: hemorrhoids do not itch burn or hurt. You may have a fissure or pruritus ani. stop all caffeine, drink 80-100 oz fluids daily, warm tub soaks. if no i... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Both medical school and the clinical experience go hand in hand. One without the other is useless. Pay attention and learn from both and remember comp... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Yes they SHOULD use a lubricated finger gloved. The real concern is if this is a true external hemorrhoid it should not be pushed inside as it doesn’t... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
And to some degree if not a great deal due to our lifestyles, eating habits excessive caffeine and alcohol intake, poor exercise regimens, lack of pro... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
External vs internal: Creams are better for true external hemorrhoids, however internal hemorrhoids may prolapse to outside but are true internal hemorrhoids. In the latter... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Plain warm water is best to clean area and to avoid irritation, warm bath tub soaks for 10-15 minutes after a BM or 2-3 times per day works best. If n... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
But just as important is to be sure to be eating a high fiber diet and most importantly drinking 80-100oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily, ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
During travel especially air travel can lead to dehydration as well as excessive caffeine/ alcohol intake, change in diet and certainly possibility of... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Or clotted, bed rest for 24-48 hours with feet above hips, warm tub soaks for 15 -20 minutes 3-4 times per day and sometimes ice pack for 5 minutes at... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
You could have be experiencing a minot intestinal infection and after vomiting and clearing up of your symptoms your WBC returned to normal range. I a... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Every episode runs the risk of tearing, infections, injury and pain and potential for loss of continence. The anus is an exit not an entrance
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Mar 19, 2015
Hi Doc: Great virtual practice!! Louis Gallia MD, DMD, FACS
Sep 10, 2013
Very knowledge, experienced, respected. Highly recommend.
Very experienced, good informative helpful answers
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Thank you for your reply, I keep hearing the same thing that I should have a scope following this. But my GP has not suggested it he said the ct read was very specific, i.e. fat stranding adjacent to ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I thought that really myself and not keen to be honest but have been under pressure from my partner. I will show him this reply thanks
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you for replying. I am very worried about internal bleeding/ectopic pregnancy and will be seeing a doctor soon

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

PARKLAND HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SYSTEM
Completed 1984

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Dallas, TX - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Dallas, TX - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Dallas, TX - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery
Eric R. Kaplan, MD, PA
Texas Health Presbyterian Plano
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