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Dr. David Stein

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
25 years experience male

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

Drexel University College of Medicine, 245 North 15th ST Suite 7150, Philadelphia, PA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

About

Bio

The Division of Colorectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital provides expert, compassionate and technologically advanced care to patients with diseases of the intestines and anorectum. We are dedicated to working with our patients to ensure they achieve complete satisfaction with their care. We believe in the importance of education so our patients and physicians can make informed decisions together. Follow us on Healthtap and on Youtube!

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Licenses

United States: Delaware, Pennsylvania

Languages spoken

Hebrew

Doctor Q&A

57 Answers
6 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
A good exam: Willexam will usually do the trick. A thorough physical examination with an anoscopy can diagnose piles or hemorrhoids. If the exam does not detect an... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Those with a family : History need to be screened earlier. 10 years before the age of diagnosis of a first degree relative (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter) ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Tough one!: There is an ileorectal anastomosis - when the colon is removed we can attach the ileum - part of the end of the small intestine - to the rectum. Ther... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Absolutely!: Osha standards are for your protection. Not fully disclosing a violation puts you and your coworkers at risk. Do not be afraid to do the right thin... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Chronic inflammation: Many different things can cause itching. The perianal skin is especially sensitive. Common causes of itchiness include aggressive cleaning of the per... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
It depends: If you needed the colostomy because the rectum was removed then bowel function can be irregular for up to two years. Sitting on the toilet for a long... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
No: Bowel prepping stinks. Unfortunately it is the only way for the colon to be clean so a colonoscopy is effective. The cleaner you are, the better view... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
NO: Celiac disease is a disease where the presence of gluten - a product of wheat causes inflammation in the gut. Although there is no cure for celiac di... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: The diagnosis of Crohn's disease does not preclude having a lap band placed. There are many complex issues regarding this decision. If one is on immu... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Mostly no!: Most patients are candidates for a laparoscopic resection - a minimally invasive approach which has less pain and a quicker recovery. Patients go home... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Colitis does this: Ulcerative colitis, one of the inflammatory bowel diseases (ibd) along with crohn's disease, predominantly causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Howe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Colorectal cancer is: The abnormal growth of cells from the inner lining of the colon called the mucosa. Usually there is a change in the genes, and the cells grow abnorma... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
A Pena Procedure: This procedure was named after alberto pena. Basically you pull a segment of colon down to the skin and create an opening.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yogurt!: Good bacteria, often called probiotics, are the active cultures in yogurt. The simplest and most cost effective way to repopulate the colon with heal... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Not at all!: The most common symptom for hemorrhoids is bleeding. Hemorrhoids are blood vessels that are designed to help control bowel function. In many people, ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Unfortunately yes: The bowel prep will cause the hemorrhoids to flare. Using witch hazel, tucks pads and desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) will help.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
It depends on: The infection. If she got sick afterwards she should improve in a week or so.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
You get bloated!: There is no evidence that "holding it in" causes any form of cancer. It can cause diverticulosis and hemorrhoidal symptoms! it is better to go when ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
The first steps: For the creation of a small intestinal pelvic pouch, also known as a j-pouch is to remove the colon and rectum. Then the pouch is made by folding t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Not at all!: Most physicians can treat hemorrhoids medically - usually use of supplemental fiber in your diet will cure most symptoms. If this fails, then offic... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
By getting a good: Physical exam. Rectal bleeding from hemorrhoids is by far more common then anal cancer. However, one cannot tell the difference as symptoms from bot... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Painfully: Piles, commonly known as hemorrhoids, have been around since the old testament. Having hemorrhoids is normal - they are designed to help us be contin... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
In the pelvis.: The pouch is made out of small intestine and sewn to the anal muscles. The actual location of the pouch is the pelvis. The pouch is completely insid... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Common sense should: Rule. Patient's tolerate different food items. Stay away from dairy or spicy foods until you know what your friend can tolerate. Then you can feel ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Simple: Creating a colostomy - especially using laparoscopic techniques is a safe procedure. Recovery is quick and the only thing required is to get familia... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
You may need fiber!: Rectal pain is often due to hemorrhoids or fissures. Sharp stabbing pain is ususally do to a fissure and this pain is classically worse after the bowe... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
GIST stands for: Gastrointestinal stromal tumor. It comes from neuroendocrine cells in the stomach or intestines.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Not an easy answer!: Different foods affect different people with crohn's disease. Certain food groups such as dairy and fish may be worse in some people. There is data ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Although many patients can be diagnosed with crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis without a family history, up to 10% of patients will have a mother ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Don't be afraid!: Colonoscopy is safe and very effective at figuring out problems in the colon. If the mucous is persistent - you want to make sure there is noting goi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
After removal of the: Entire colon and rectum. Many years ago people with diseases such as ulcerative colitis and familial polyposis required removal of the entire colon a... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Immunosuppressives: Big word but the goal of therapy in crohn's disease is to decrease the inflammation in the lining of the bowel. The two familes of medications used a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
It depends.....: If you need your colon and rectum removed you can either have an ileostomy or pelvic pouch. Depending on the reason for surgery there may be alte... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
No: No scientific studies have ever shown a benefit to colonics. In fact, what many people do not realize is that the colon lining gets nourished from fre... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Crohn's disease is hereditary, but that does not mean if you have Crohn's your child will automatically get it. The risk of a child getting Crohn's f... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
4-6 weeks: Depending on whether the surgery is laparoscopic or open changes the recovery. Typically my patients are home after 4-5 days and back doing usual acti... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
The Specific .......: Carbohydrate diet is a a diet that may provide benefit in patients with crohn's disease. Originally used in autism, some studies suggest that this die... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Surgery is the best : Shot. A T4 lesion means the cancer has grown outside the walls of the colon and into adjacent structures. If all of the cancer can be surgically rem... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
A small intestinal: Pouch. The "j" comes from the shape the intestine makes when you create the pouch. One other version is called a s-pouch. All of these pouches use ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
There are a few.....: Possibilities. Repairs are based on age and co-morbidities - how frail someone is. In general, i prefer laparoscopic repair of the prolapse through ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes you do.: The risk of developing colorectal cancer is higher in both ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The risk in colitis increases the longer you have ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Bowel control will: Suffer. When the rectum is prolapsing it is stretching the nerves as well as the sphincter muscles which keep stool in. The earlier the repair the l... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Fiber, fiber and....: Fiber. Prevention is the best option. Appropriate diet is the best way to help hemorrhoidal symptoms. Often hemorrhoidal symptoms will go away when ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Inflammation!: Although the data supports a healthy diet high in fiber with fruits and vegetables improves colonic health - there is some speculation that it may als... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Simple!: Enemas are used to help cleanse the rectum and left colon. Mineral oil enemas are simply that - mineral oil in water. It functions to lubricate and ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Diverticulosis, the presence of little pockets in the wall of the colon does not usually require surgery. If these pockets, or diverticuli, cause symp... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
It's possible: There are no early signs of colorectal cancer - which is why screening is so important. Signs of gastrointestinal bleeding and crampy abdominal pain ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Abdominal pain is not normal. Cramps are common and can be due to constipation, but if one has routine abdominal cramping it is important to seek med... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: The purpose of a colonoscopy is to look at the entire inner lining of the colon. The cleaner the colon is the better the results of the test. Bowel ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
It depends: Some studies suggest a link between an increased consumption of alcohol and colorectal cancer. A study analyzing the korean population showed a higher... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Stein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Esta era una pregunta que siempre me pregunte, mi mama tiene colitis ulcerativa.... Supongo que fuy ese 10% tengo crohns =/
HealthTap member
Thank you for ur response ill make an appointment to see my GI Dr.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1997MD

Awards

Physician of the Year Crohn's and Colitis Foundation 2011
Philadelphia Top Doctor for Colorectal Surgery
Castle Connolly Top Doctor for Cancer

Affiliations

Hahnemann University Hospital
Drexel University
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