Dr. Scott Browning

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Portland, OR
32 years experience male

Locations

Northwest Center for Colorectal Health, LLC

Portland, OR

Address

9155 SW Barnes Road, Suite #231, Portland, OR
Directions

Practice website

Fax

5032165399

About

Bio

Dr. Scott M. Browning is a Board Certified Colon and Rectal surgeon who completed his training at the Mayo Clinic in 1997 and is currently in private practice in Portland, Oregon. His practices focuses on colonoscopy, office and operative management of anorectal diseases (hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, etc) and laparoscopic/robotic/minimally invasive management of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis and rectal prolapse.

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

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

67 Answers
30 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Tear vs. Tunnel: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal, just inside the opening, and typically causes pain and bleeding. An anal fistula is an abn... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
No reason to: If you truly have an episode of diverticulitis (acute infection) then a "colonic" would be very risky. If you simply have diverticulosis (the presenc... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
No: While there are many different antibiotics that can be used to treat diverticulitis, and taking a regular fiber supplement may reduce the likelihood o... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Exam recommended: Rectal bleeding is often due to internal hemorrhoids (especially if you notice tissue protruding from the anus after a bowel movement) but there are o... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
No: In the short run (the first few days after surgery), yes. However, the surgery will usually cure the fistula and eliminate not only the pain that you... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Temporarily: A fleets enema causes the colon to evacuate. Most often this simply results in evacuation of the solid stool within the distal colon, but it may caus... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Colonoscopy: If you have had a positive fecal occult blood test, the appropriate next step is colonoscopy to look for the source of possible blood loss (such as co... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Pain and bleeding: The most common symptoms of an anal fissure, for either a man or a woman, are pain and bleeding with the passage of a bowel movement. The pain may eve... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
No. : A fragranced soap might be irritating to the special anal skin, which could cause some thickening of the skin, but not really a "hemorrhoid".
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Surgery: If you truly have (full thickness, circumferential) rectal prolapse (not just hemorrhoid or rectal mucosal prolapse), then surgery is the only option,... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
See doctor: Most likely this will turn out to be either bleeding internal hemorrhoids (is there swelling or tissue prolapse?) or an anal fissure (is there pain wi... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: With the times you have listed, the "action" will in all likelihood be over by the time you leave home.
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Thrombosed hemorrhoi: Most likely a thrombosed external hemorrhoid. If so, it will gradually resolve. If it does not, see a colorectal surgeon..
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Sure: Exercise is unlikely to change the course of an anal fistula. If you have an anal fistula, you should have it corrected by a board certified colorecta... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
No: The "transit time" for a normal person's colon (time it takes stool to get from the beginning to the end of the colon) varies from one to several days... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: It really depends why you are doing an enema. If you have been advised to do a fleets enema in preparation for a procedure, it would be best to follo... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
50 years old, unless: Regardless of gender, people without high risk factors are advised to begin screening colonoscopy at age 50, repeating at 10 year intervals if nothing... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Anal fissure?: While there is much more information that would be helpful and a simple examination is necessary to make the diagnosis, it sounds most likely that you... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Not really: Walking does not cause "hemorrhoids", but if you do have hemorrhoid prolapse (or a variety of other anal problems) walking may worsen your symptoms. T... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Curable: Diverticulitis can usually be treated medically (with antibiotics), but when there are complications or recurring episodes surgery may be indicated, i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
To some degree: Fiber supplementation has been shown to reduce the likelihood of episodes of diverticulitis, but not completely prevent them.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Possibly: In general, we will want you to continue taking all of your usual medications prior to your colonoscopy, even the morning of the procedure. However, s... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Not uncommon: No, it is not "normal" to throw up the prep, but it is not uncommon.
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Tear versus tunnel: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal, just inside the opening, and is characterized by painful bowel movements and rectal bleedin... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
No, not needed: The good news is that you don't absolutely need your colon. For most colon cancers, the amount of colon that needs to be removed will not be missed.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
You're ok: The nurse was likely referring to an adenomatous polyp, a common type of colon polyp that, if it had not been removed, could have turned into cancer s... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Could be: The symptoms you've described could well be due to hemorrhoids, but there are other possibilities as well. If this is an ongoing problem, you should ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Drainage, Abscess: Failure to correct an anal fistula generally leads to persistent drainage, recurrent peri rectal abscesses and gradual fibrosis of the anal sphincter.... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
See CR Surgeon: Anal bleeding in a young person with a normal colonoscopy will most likely be from either internal hemorrhoids or an anal fissure. You would most like... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
May be Fissure: The symptoms that you describe are more suggestive of an anal fissure. See a physician for evaluation.
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Very: It depends upon the stage at refine of diagnosis, but most rectal cancers can be successfully treated. Some can be treated with surgery alone, but som... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Yes, but...: You are unlikely to injure the fissure, but anal fissures are generally painful and doing an anal fissure.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Yes, desiring is a moisture barrier. Another inexpensive product you might try (another soothing moisture barrier used by adults) is calmoseptine, whi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Office treatment: If your internal hemorrhoids prolapse out through your anus to the point that you notice it, that is not likely to go away on its own (the horse is ou... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Hemorrhoid Prolapse: You are most likely describing hemorrhoid prolapse. This is treatable. See a colorectal surgeon. It can often be corrected with simple office measures... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Yes and no: Both are adenocarcinomas of the 'large intestine' broadly speaking. However, due to several anatomic differences, colon and rectal cancer behave diff... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Stool consistency: While there may be some sphincter muscle or nerve damage contributing to this problem, it can often be managed by correcting your stool consistency. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Many possibilities: If it developed quickly and is painful, then a thrombosed external hemorrhoid or peri rectal abscess is likely. If it developes after bowel movements... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Minimally: Your colon and rectum are several feet in length, and your doctor's finger is a few inches. A digital rectal exam is useful for evaluating the prostat... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Depends upon stage: The cure rate for early stage rectal cancers is over 90% with surgery alone, but the survival rate for advanced rectal cancers is much, much lower.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
See CRS: It sounds iike you may have internal hemorrhoid prolapse. This can be treated, sometimes with fairly painless office measures. See a board certified... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Different problems: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal causing pain and bleeding. An anal fistula is a tunnel from inside the anal canal out to the... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
See a physician: Bleeding like you described may be the result of an anal fissure or internal hemorrhoids, both of which are treatable. However, depending on your age ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Fiber: There are many dietary recommendations that have been widely disseminated (things to avoid, etc), but recent studies have found no basis for those rec... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
General vs Specific: The term 'endoscopy' encompasses a great many procedures where a scope (endoscope) of some kind is inserted into some oriface for some purpose (lookin... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Successfully: A new or 'acute' fissure will often respond to simple measures such as softening of the stools (increased water & fiber intake, a mild laxative) and a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Different problems: An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal causing pain and bleeding. An anal fistula is a tunnel from inside the anal canal out to the... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Curable: If you have an anal fissure that has not healed after several months of appropriate medical treatment as you describe, it is extremely unlikely that i... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Usually: The primary treatment of rectal cancer is surgical, and a colostomy can usually be avoided. For more advanced rectal cancers chemotherapy and radiatio... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 32 years experience
Probably not: Depending what you do at work, going back to work early probably won't effect the results of your surgery. It may depend upon how your recovery is pr... Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. At least I got some information on this that I had not been told before.
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Do i see a proctologist or gastrointerologist for possible hemmoroids
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Confirmed what I thought.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1991MD

Affiliations

Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center

Publications

Intraoperative abandonment of ileal pouch to anal anastomosis--the Mayo Clinic experience
Incidence of fecal and urinary incontinence following radical perineal and retropubic prostatectomy in a national population
Constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome
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