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Dr. Francis Cannizzo

General Surgery
Springfield, MA, Kuwait
28 years experience male

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Springfield, MA

Address

Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA
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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.

General Surgery

Surgical Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

51 Answers
19 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: Check the list of medical disqualifications on www.Marines.Army.Com/info/join/medical or from any recruiter. A history of cancer may be a nonissue (so... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Possibly: Since avocados are high in fat, they stimulate your gallbladder to contract and release bile into your GI tract to aid in digestion. If your gallbladd... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No, but...: Hemorroids are attached and can't be pooped out. That said, a thrombosed or clotted hemorroid can break open and "pass" the clot into the toilet. Also... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Celery: External hemorroids are engorged veins around the anus. The most common cause is increased pressure during defecation from constipation. Otc remedies ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Bilirubin: Bilirubin is a yellow breakdown of hemoglobin from old red blood cells. It is cleared normally from the body by the liver and is passed in the bile to... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Blood clots in your leg veins either dissolve away with time or scar down and obliterate the vein. The larger the vein the more likely the clot is to ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Usually: Surgical scars usually do not affect subsequent pregnancies. That said, scars which have healed badly with hernias or chronic infections, fistulae or ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Surgery: Ganglions are cysts arising from the membrane surrounding your wrist joint. They are notorious for recurring if not excised completely. A trained hand... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Pain & Fever: Appendicitis can present in many different ways (and many other conditions can present like appendicitis). The classic presentation of appendicitis is... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Chemo or Surgery: There are more options today. Rectal cancer metastatic to liver or lungs can be surgically removed if there are a limited number of tumors not affecti... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Best way: Early chronic pancreatitis is difficult to diagnose since structural changes detected by ct, mrcp, or other imaging tests are not present in the early... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Very Little: Three months is the standard time for complete healing of most abdominal wall incisions (time to reach >90% of preoperative strength). Infection an... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Fluid in the middle ear is a common sign of infection of the sinuses, ears, and upper respiratory tract. It can also be present in seasonal allergies,... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Get it checked: If the pain is severe, more than you believe is appropriate for this stage of your healing or associated with any other symptoms like fever, constipat... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes, but low risk: There's always a choking risk with food stuck in the throat but most go down without problems. You can help it along by drinking plenty of fluids to w... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Anytime: If i understand you correctly, you have paroxysmal hypertension, pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma. The issue is not when to measure your BP but how t... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Operations for inguinal hernia repair have no effect on penis size unless there is a tragic complication. There is no reliable way to change your peni... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Could be: The best way to figure out if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test either at home or in your doctor's office (the test is the same). It will g... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Anal fissures are almost always caused by constipation or anal distension (such as with anal intercourse or anal manipulation). Fissures can also be a... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Slowly: Sagging skin is often a result of rapid weight loss. Slow steady weight loss from diet modification and increased exercise in consultation with your d... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Breast cancer marker: ADH (vasopressin) is an abnormal proliferation of breast duct cells that is benign but is associated with present or future breast cancer. ADH (vasopr... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Many options: Colorectal cancer metastatic to liver or lungs is often treated with surgery if the patient is healthy and the liver or lung blood supply is unaffecte... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Stable: Cdc reports 12, 240 cases in 2007 (most recent year with confirmed numbers); nci estimates 12170 for 2012. Cdc reported 4021 deaths in 2007; nci esti... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Hepatocellular carcinoma is the 5th leading cancer worldwide. Risk factors are cirrhosis and/or hepatitis. Commonly asymptomatic, hcc is usually diagn... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Voice pitch depends on the shape, diameter and length of he larynx. These do not usually change with increasing body weight. Voice pitch may change wi... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Rarely: Tumors of the heart are exceptionally rare. Centers like the mayo clinic report about 1 case/yr; most doctors have never seen one. Only about 10% of h... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Ignore: One obsolete treatment was to squash them with a really large book (unfortunately high recurrence)!
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Other way round : Hemorroids don't usually cause constipation but constipation is a common cause of hemorrhoids. Constipation causes us to stay on the toilet longer and... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not usually: Colonoscopy is great at looking at the inside surfaces of the large intestine. The appendix is attached to the colon but it cannot be examined directl... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Lots of options: I don't understand the question mark but if you are constipated use this stepwise approach: stop when you get results. Start: add fibre to your diet: ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Partial obstruction : When the colon gets partially blocked (as in some cancers) stool can back up and constipation occurs. When constipation is longstanding, liquid stool ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Breathe: The co2 gas from laparoscopy (which i assume you had) normally goes away within 7 - 10 days after surgery. A bit is removed each time you breathe so g... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Singulair or montelukast is an asthma medication which is also used for allergic rhinitis (allergic runny nose). Studies show it is more effective tha... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not ordinarily: There are no nerves in the walls or septum of the nose controling facial muscles. Nose piercing is also not usually done under anesthesia. Careless or... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not Effective: Graviola or soursop is a fruit grown in rain forests in s.America, africa & se asia. The fruit contains substances known as annonaceous acetogenins wh... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Just be there: The most important thing in comforting someone who may have cancer is to be present. Listen, be supportive. Don't feel like you have to have the answe... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: These is no documented interaction between Amoxicillin and alcohol. Both Amoxicillin and alcohol can cause stomach upset and diarrhea so if you experi... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Sounds right: Clarithromycin is a well accepted antibiotic used for strep throat. The correct dosage for children is 15mg per kg per day divided evenly into two equ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Safe but useless: Megadose vitamin c has been advocated since the 80's by people like linus pauling. Vitamin c is cheap and safe but it has never been shown to prevent,... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depends : The thickness of the fat layer varies greatly between different parts of the body and in different people. The fat layer in hands and feet is usually ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Get it checked: Pain after hernia repair is common but increasing pain may signal a wound infection or an early recurrence of the hernia possibly with intestine caugh... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Swelling from any hernia repair can last for several weeks and depends in part on whether the surgery involved implantation of mesh or a complex repai... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Sometimes: Laparoscopy is one of the last (and most invasive) steps in diagnosing the cause if pelvic pain. While it is very good at finding the cause of the pai... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Actually compression stockings (especially the prescription kind) make varicose veins better and can prevent new varicose veins from forming. This is... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Options vary: Lcis is not cancer but a marker for increased risk of future breast cancer. After finding lcis, women should increase the number of breast exams and m... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Amputation was the standard surgical treatment for these rare tumors but most osteosarcomas are now treated with limb preservation. Avoiding amputatio... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: Lipomas are benign fatty tumors. They really don't do any harm but can be removed surgically for cosmetic reasons. They also should be removed if they... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Infrequently: Dwarfism results from any of over 200 different conditions. 70% of little people are classified as achondroplastic (short limbs, near normal torso/hea... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
3-6 months: Though survival has been improving in liver cancer over the past decade, the numbers are still not encouraging. For all patients regardless of stage t... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Though foreign objects under the nail usually come out in time they can cause a nasty infection and nail deformities if ignored. Removing them is quic... Read More

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May 21, 2015
Dr. Cannizzo is not only highly qualified, but always has the patient's best interest in mind.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cannizzo is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cannizzo is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks. What kind of doctor do you go to, to remove a lipoma
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thankyou very much :-)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I really thank you!! =)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 1994MD
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