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Dr. Dan Lister

General Surgery
CA
29 years experience male

Locations

Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(501) 250-0200

Insurances accepted

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Cigna

Medicare

About

Bio

Dan Lister, MD, FACS is a board certified general surgeon highly experienced in a range of leading-edge laparoscopic and NOS (natural orifice surgery) surgical techniques. In addition to general surgery, his specialties include gastroesophageal disease and the latest in minimally invasive surgical technologies like the TIF procedure and LINX procedure for treating chronic GERD. He offers the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic tests for reflux, including High Resolution Impedance Manometry and the ZepHr® Impedance/pH Reflux Monitoring System. He also offers HALO, a new treatment for Barrett's Esophagus. Other surgical services offered include hernia repair, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, colon and rectal surgery, breast surgery, skin cancer surgery, varicose vein treatment, endoscopy and the latest laparoscopic procedure techniques.

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

Doctor Q&A

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Depends. : Barrett's esophagus is a condition that arises due to chronic acid reflux or gerd. It increases the likelihood of developing esophageal cancer. There ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Bad gallbladder: A 7% ejection fraction on a hida scan is abnormal and is an indication to have your gallbladder removed without any further testing, especially if th... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Get tested. : The tests to accurately diagnose reflux include an egd (upper endoscopy), a 24hr ph study, and an esophageal manometry. These will accurately diagnose... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
See your doctor. : This could be many things. Ulcer, gastritis, pancreatitis, liver problem. Need to get tests.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Same as before. : Your risk of nausea should be the same after surgery as it was before. I'm assuming you are worried about the inability to vomit after a nissen. I gi... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Maybe: When you had your hida scan, if the injection of the cck (the second injection that you probably got about halfway through the test) recreated the pai... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Not unusual. : Colon polyps recur or you grow new ones. This is why it is important to have regular colonoscopies, especially with your personal and family history.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Sort of: Stress can increase gastric acid production. If you have a hiatal hernia, this can lead to an increase in your reflux symptoms.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Several options: There are several options available for surgical skin prep. Many surgeons have actually moved away from iodine based preps to a combination of alcohol... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Keep them on. : Most doctors will allow you to keep on your underwear as long as the operation is not near the underwear and the underwear are cotton. Nylon underwear... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Several: Several surgical options are available for the treatment of reflux. The most common is a laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. It works very well but do... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Go to the ER. : This could be many serious problems including perforated ulcer, acute cholecystitis, pancreatitis. You need to be seen and evaluated by a doctor.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Depends on severity: Acid reflux can be managed different ways. The first is lifestyle modification. Raise the head of your bed, don't eat late, avoid foods that make refl... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Black stools. : Black, tarry stools are the classic symptom of a bleeding ulcer. Vomiting bright red blood or coffee ground material could also be a sign.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Don't do it. : It will slow the healing and could possibly cause the bleeding to start back up again.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
See your surgeon. : While shoulder pain is common after laparoscopic surgery, it should be diminishing on postoperative day 5, not getting worse. You should contact your ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
See your doctor: Could be a hernia. Safest bet is to see yor doctor for an exam. A ct might be helpful if there is any question on physical exam.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
No. : Hiatal hernias only worsen over time. While medications help control symptoms, only surgery can cure a hiatal hernia. Neither stress nor eating caus... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Both are good. : Both are good. The nissen is 90-95% successful but has a relatively high side effect profile (up to 60% in some studies) for bloating and trouble swal... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
After: Wait until after you lose the weight. Your abdominal wall may become loose and you may have some excess skin that needs to be removed, depending on ho... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Yes. Get checked. : Continuous heartburn could be a sign of a serious problem. I feel that it is very important to not just assume that the pain is heartburn caused by re... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Ignore: Don't ignore important symptoms like worsening heartburn or trouble swallowing. Get an EGD.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Acid reflux surgery: A nissen fundoplication is a surgery for gerd or acid reflux. The main components of the surgery are repair of a hiatal hernia, if present, followed b... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Depends on surgery.: The length of recovery depends on many factors, but the most important would be the type of antireflux surgery you have. Typically patients undergoin... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
See your doctor. : You need to be seen by your doctor. You could have a stone stuck in the duct that drains your gallbladder and now your gallbladder is infected (acute ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Go to your doctor. : Self diagnosis is very risky, especially with appendicitis. Go to your doctor or the er. A ct would be the best test to distinguish between a cyst an... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Good: Today, the survival rate is very good. In fact, most splenic trauma is managed non-operatively. It just depends on how bad the rupture is, other injur... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Acid reflux surgery: A nissen fundoplication is a surgery for gerd or acid reflux. It is usually performed laparoscopically. The main components of the surgery are repair ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Be checked. : You may have just done too much but to be safe you should see your surgeon and get checked. There is always the possibility of a leak from the appendi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Almost immediately. : They start forming almost immediately. They are at their worst 2-4 weeks out from surgery then usually start disappearing after that. They may go comp... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Can be serious. : Reversal surgery can be risky. Injury to the stomach or esophagus can occur. Your symptoms may recur, however there is some benefit in hiatal hernia ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Depends. : A demeester score of 1 is normal. If this study was done off meds, then i'm not sure you have significant reflux. Get a second opinion.
A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Gallbladder function: Normal ejection fraction is 35-75%. Probably as important is whether the injection of cck recreated the symptoms that you are having. If it does, then... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Not long. : Most patients recover fully in 1-3 weeks from laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Chronic reflux is the main cause of esophageal adenocarcinoma. It is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. Hiatal hernias tend to make reflux worse.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Sometimes: Excess gas is a common postop complaint after fundoplication surgery. It usually gets better with time but can be a permanent problem in some patients... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
It could. : Bloating is a common side effect of a nissen fundoplication. With your concerns, you may want to consider a tif or linx. Both are very successful in t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Reflux: Gerd or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a disease where the valve between the esophagus and stomach doesn't stay closed. This allows stomach conten... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Surgeon: A general surgeon is the type of doctor that repairs hernias.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Usually good. : Ultrasound is very good looking for gallstones. If negative, you can still have a dysfunctional gallbladder. Ask your doctor about a hida scan, a n... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Common. : This is a common early complaint. Make sure you are following your surgeon's diet instructions i tell my patients to be sure to eat slowly, take sma... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Likely Gallbladder: Right upper abdominal pain radiating to the back is often gallbladder related but could be an ulcer or pancreatitis. Best to get checked by a doctor. ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Get tested. : Reflux related cough is usually caused by a special category of reflux called LPR or laryngopharyngeal reflux. It can be difficult to diagnose. The be... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
GERD: You most likely have gastroesophageal reflux where acid from the stomach refluxes back up into the esophagus due to a faulty valve at the end of the e... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Reflux: Typically heartburn is caused by reflux where stomach content come back up into the esophagus. It occurs because the valve at the junction of the stom... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Several treatments. : Several treatments are available for gerd. The first is lifestyle modifications. These include raising the head of your bed, avoid eating late, losin... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, children can suffer from reflux. It is especially common in kids that were premature at birth. See a pediatric gastroenterologist for an accurate... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Follow instructions.: Tif is an excellent anti reflux surgery. Make sure to follow the diet and don't overeat. It's very important to not vomit for the first six weeks afte... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Ask your surgeon. : I tell my patients not to lift more than 20 lbs for 3 weeks. It is advisable to avoid very heavy lifting for six weeks.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
General Surgery 29 years experience
Some...: Biologic mesh for recurrent is generally safe. Like any foreign body, it could become infected, cause a stricture, or in rare cases even erode into th... Read More

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Apr 10, 2015
Dr Dan Lister is an excellent physician, very knowledgeable,passionate, and on the top of his field. He is a great value to the people of AR, and to the family of health tap
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lister is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lister is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Regurgitation of food contents, sour taste in mouth, weakness, loss of appetit
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. That explains alot.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine, AR
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Marshall University

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Little Rock Region, AR - Summer
2013
Top General Surgeon , Second Place, Arkansas - Summer
2013
HealthTap Scholar

Affiliations

Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas
American College of Surgeons
American Society of General Surgeons
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