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Dr. Eric Kaplan

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Plano, TX
43 years experience male

Locations

Eric R. Kaplan, MD, PA

Plano, TX

Address

6130 W Parker Rd., Ste 112, Plano, TX
Directions

My office hours

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

(972) 981-7714

Insurances accepted

CIGNA Open Access

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

United healthcare

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Humana Insurance Company

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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 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: They can lead to a sensation of incomplete evacuation. Also anal fissures causing sphincter spasm can cause you to shut off the movement before you ar... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Certain: Foods especially those high in fiber produce gas and may smell badly such as onions and legumes. Also no drinking enough fluid or excessive caffeine o... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Should not be: A problem unless you have some problem with your female organs. With a j pouch however most ob's would recommend a C-section rather than risk damage t... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Nothing: Unless you are having symptoms of bowel obstruction. Usually the kink is due to prior abdominal surgery and adhesions. The obstruction can be partial,... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Too vague: A question. The list is infinite. Try to be more specific with symptoms and or parts of the digestive system.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Warm Tub soaks: Eat a healthy hi fiber diet, drink plenty of non caffeinated , non alcoholic fluid daily, more if you exercise or travel by plane alot. 80-100 ounces... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Called proctalgia : Fugax or levator spasm. Often severe enough to wake from sleep, more common in women. Getting up and walking around for a few minutes, warm tub soak o... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Stop using vicks!!!: Vick's vaporub should never be placed internally anywhere including the nostrils, vagina , mouth or rectum. Stop using it that way.
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A member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less. 80-100 ounces of fluids ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Don't: Don't consume more than 80-100 ounces of caffeinated or alcoholic fluid per day.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
THe most: Common cause of anal itching especially if it wakes you from your sleep is caffeine followed by excess perspiration. Do not use witch hazel! cut out a... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Your surgeon: Or your anesthesiologist will decide if you need cardiac clearance before a general anesthesia. Discuss with your doctors and or a cardiologist. I don... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Could be lots of : Things but if you are sexually active or have had anal sex, bumps may be condyloma or venereal warts. You need to be examined and a diagnosis made.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
The combination: Of signs and symptoms require you to get a thorough examination by a colon and rectal surgeon. Don't delay.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Many IBS: Symptoms are related to poor fluid intake or excesive caffeine leading to dehydration which can also cause dizziness, fainting spells and generalized ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Doubtful: Best not to shop for answers that you are looking for and make an appointment with a pediatric surgeon with good reputation to evaluate and make reco... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Too high: To risk it. Besides infection, damage to the sphincter and loss of control of feces to mention one.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Neither : Of these meds cause problems if the dose is missed so better to follow the exact directions of the doctor performing the colonoscopy and take nothing ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Could be a kidney: Stone in the right ureter or tube from kidney to bladder. Could also be gall bladder. See your doctor and get a diagnosis and treatment.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Not likely: Sounds more like a rectocoele where the rectum bulges into the vagina without a direct communication. Your gyn should be able to confirm if this is th... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: It does go up there!. Minor pain, however in my experience may relieve the pain of an anal fissure but require repetitive injections for long term rel... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Dizziness in this: Case is due most likely to poor nutrition and dehydration from the alcohol.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Pasty stool: Is generally a mild form of constipation resulting from being dehydrated. Adding 40-40 extra ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily should r... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Poor diet and fluids: Not enough fiber and inadequate fluids. You need 20-25 grams of fiber and 80-100 ounces of alcohol free, caffeine free fluids every day, more if stren... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Not directly: Although dry mouth from dehydration which also causes constipation can cause lip blisters as well.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Ive used: Several different probiotics and I have not heard of this, but of course there are so many different products, i can't say anything about the one you ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Fluids: Drinking 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated non alcoholic fluid daily will correct most chronic constipation issues in 2-3 weeks, but you have to contin... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less. 80-100 ounces of fluids ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
If done: Correctly and in the proper clinical situation, very little true pain. You may have some local discomfort for a couple of days similar to having the u... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Not sure: Whether you mean diverticulitis (acute infection in colon) or chronic diverticulosis. Two are treated differently. If it is diverticulitis , I use Lev... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Not necessarily : However you could have crohn's disease involving the appendix only diagnosed after undergoing an appendectomy for prsumed appendicitis and getting a p... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Caffeine: Is the most common cause of anal itching not hemorrhoids as stated win the ads. Pinworms can be another cause usually in children after playing in the... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Potentially: The anus is an exit not an entrance, and so i discourage my patients from partaking. Besides the risk of infection including std's, you risk damage to... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Best is : To discuss with your oncologist regarding any known side effects of the chemo drugs being used. Pain could be related to your prior colon surgery also... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Assuming you do not: Have an infection or excessive moisture, desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) or a&d ointment often helps. If they don't see your doctor for a correct di... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Common Sense: Especially the very spicy ethnic foods are generally not good for ibs.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
A "pimple" but also could be an early perianal abscess/or an external hemorrhoid.. Best to see your doctor or a colorectal surgeon.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Too many: To go into. This is way too large a subject to be covered in a few short sentences. Sorry. Try to be more specific.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Varies but: I usually recommend avoiding strenuous activity for 7-10days and avoiding straddle type activity such as a bicycle for 14+ days or until comfortable.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Careful: With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Dont delay!!: See a GI doctor or colon and rectal surgeon immediately. If you can't get an appointment in a day or two go to an emergency room. Have someone drive y... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Piles or: Internal hemorrhoids can definitely be cured by properly performed hemorrhoid surgery. But before surgery, best to determine the reason you are having... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Could be many: Things from hemorrhoids, to proctitis, colitis. Generally this is not normal and if it doesn't resolve in a few days best to get examined by a gastroe... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Generally: I would wait 4-6 weeks for strenuous physical activity. Best to check with your surgeon.
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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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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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