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Dr. Donald Kim

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Grand Rapids, MI
37 years experience

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Grand Rapids, MI

Address

4100 Lake Dr. SE, Suite 205, Grand Rapids, MI
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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Languages spoken

English

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72 Answers
49 Agrees
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Call your doctor.: This type of question should be addressed to your surgeon. A proper answer would take more questions/details for a proper response.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Both: Depends on the experience of the surgeon and their training. Colon and rectal surgeons specialize in disorders of the colon and rectum and have had tr... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
No: Typically this would mean your whole colon and rectum have been removed and a pouch made from the small bowel (j-pouch) is connected to your anal cana... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: If you have a rectovaginal fistula or have had one repaired there should be no problems with a colonoscopy. The colonoscope should pass right by the a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: Causes depend on the character of the rectal bleeding. Is it associated with bms, between bms, bright red, dark maroon, in the toilet bowel, on the to... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Not for prime time.: Capsule colonoscopy is not fda approved. It does not seem as accurate as colonoscopy at this time. In one study, 5 cancers were diagnosed with 2 of th... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Many Sources: A pelvic abscess can be the result of many disease processes. It is typically the result of a diagnosis, typically infectious rather than an actual di... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Anal fissure: An anal fissure is a good bet. Pain and possibly bleeding that is associated with a bm can be an anal fissure. It typically resolves, only to return a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Maybe anal fissure: Pain or burning sensation assoc. W/ bms can be associated with an anal fissure. Typically located posteriorly at the end of the anal canal, they are n... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Severe Constipation: Fecal impaction typically indicates that stool has collected in your rectum and formed a large bolus or ball of stool. This typically requires "disimp... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: If you are speaking about abdominal surgery, both are effective, but the epidural should be a thoracic epidural. It really depends on the practice of ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Small bowel obstruction is typically the result of a blockage of one's small bowel and presents with symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vo... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: General answer. One type is created at the end of the small bowel (the terminal ileum) called and ileostomy and is located in the right lower quadrant... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Osis and itis: Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula, small outpouchings "pockets" typically in the sigmoid colon that develop as people age. This is very co... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
No: This is not a primary modality to identify a cancer, especially a colon cancer. It is used to better define metastatic disease in appropriate situatio... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Fiber: Try a high fiber diet, consider supplementing with a powdered bulk-laxaative such as metamucil.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Possibly: This can be used as a daily regimen for constipation. Check with your physician.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
See included link.: The normal oral temperature in 98.6 degrees farenheit or 37 degrees centigrade. Rectal temperatures. Rectal temperatures are 0.5 (0.3 c) to 1 degree f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Bone Surgeon: An orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon manages and operates on conditions associated with bones. This would include bone fractures, as well as the assoc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: Work up of abdominal pain depends on your symptoms. A colonoscopy can be an important part of that workup. Other options to evaluate your abdominal pa... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Options Available: There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise y... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Other options : There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise y... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Propofol can be used, many times this requires an additional physician, an anesthesiologist or anesthetist. Sedation by the endoscopist is also accomp... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Would depend on the clinical situation, but would be best to check with your doctor.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Not necessarily.: You don't need to have any sedation or analgesia for a colonoscopy, but it depends on your response to pain and your colon anatomy. I had my colonosco... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Really?: This is probably not a good idea. Even if you had the appropriate equipment, it would be very difficult to do. Good luck though.
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Probably Crohn's: Would doubt the diverticulosis is the reason for his symptoms. If he has crohn's disease, this may cause his pain and "dry heaving." if the small bowe... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Unlikely: Would be pretty unlikely that hemorrhoids would have any association with upper abdominal discomfort.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: If administered by a competent physician in a monitored setting this is a safe drug. I have not met a single licensed physician who felt that the Prop... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Not True: Not necessarily true as ulcerative colitis can have a wide range of presentations and responses to medical management. The disease may only involve th... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Other options: If you are only worried about anal cancer, this can probably be evaluated with just a digital rectal exam from a qualified specialist. A rigid proctos... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Normal BP Range: Normal adult range systolic range from 90 to 119 mmhg diastolic range from 60 to 79 mmhg.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Hours: May take 6-12 hours before you see results from the medication.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Options Vary: Procedures can be broken down into abdominal approaches and perineal (from the anal region) approaches. Abdominal approaches can also be laparoscopic ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: Can be used on a regular basis if under the direction of a physician. Check with your physician for the management of your constipation.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Possibly: This can be used as a daily regimen for constipation. Check with your physician.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Significant : Colonoscopy is a direct look at the lining of the colon vs an indirect x-ray shadow of a barium enema (be). If something is seen on a colonoscopy, it ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Depends on the extent or stage of the rectal cancer. Many options available, but it is definitely curable.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Depends: Your surgery depends on the location of the cancer. If the tumor is low in the rectum or involves the anal sphincters you may need the area removed re... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
I agree, No: Pet-ct scans are typically used after a diagnosis of cancer to look for other spread of the tumor. If you are looking for an alternative to routine co... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Clear liquids: Typical bowel prep instructions for a colonoscopy include a clear liquid diet the day prior to your colonoscopy or any oral liquid that you can see th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Treatment Depends: There is no specific treatment for diverticulosis. This is very common in the US. A high fiber diet is recommended. There is absolutely no support for... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Normal: After such an operation, it is not unusual to feel a firm (hard) ridge under the scar. This represents healing of the tissue beneath the skin and can ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Possibly: For a full evaluation of your colon, a virtual colonoscopy or ct colonography may be an option. This is a specialized examination using the ct scanner... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Possible Fistula: This may be an anal fistula. A communication from the anal canal to the outer skin around the anus. This can drain bloody, reddish liquid or pus. ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Doubt a relationship: Would not think there would be a relationship to your iud and your constipation symptoms. By your question, it would seem you have difficulty having a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Follow-up: If you are having changing symptoms, you should followup with your doctor. Possibly seek out a specialist in colon and rectal surgery to fully evaluat... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Not related: Hemorrhoids are vascular structures but are not typically associated with thrombophlebitis. Thrombophlebitis certainly does not cause hemorrhoids. The... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy evaluates the whole colon directly and if a mass or lesion is identified, it can be removed or biopsied. If you could only have one test... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kim
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Both procedure can be performed under an epidural or spinal anesthetic. Options are best discussed with your surgeon.

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Dr. Kim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you I thought I had a virus with vomiting and black stools - I took pepto bismel so you say that can cause it. Thanks Liz
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks! Very stressed about taking Dulcolax as i had severe abdominal pain from taking just 1 pill. Prep dose is 4 pills plus Miralax!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! It was helpful thanks

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Medical/Graduate school

Loyola Universtiy Stritch School of Medicine , 1985
Graduated 1985MD

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