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Dr. Tracy Berg

General Surgery
Sunnyside, WA
33 years experience female

Locations

Tracy A Berg, MD PS

Spokane Valley, WA

Address

16201 E Indiana Avenue, Suite 3100, Spokane Valley, WA, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 4:00am
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Fax

(509) 344-3104

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Asuris Health

Blue Cross of Idaho

Providence Health Plans

UnitedHealthcare

Amerigroup

Cigna

Regence Blue Shield

Physicians Mutual Insurance Company

Tricare

Medicare

About

Bio

If you are an active patient of Dr. Berg, please click here . I attended Washington State University for both undergrad. and M.S.. After med. school and general surgery residency in Baltimore, MD at the University of MD and MIEMS/Shock Trauma, I returned to my hometown. Practicing general and vascular surgeon since 1995, I perform open and laprascopic procedures, vascular procedures and wound care. Being a sick kid growing up in a family of surgeons was defining, a continual baptism. From my unique view, I wrote "Blue Baby and the Spokane Experience, Will to Live" which tells the story of fixing blue babies and how that experience spilled over to heart attacks in Spokane. I want to be a part of my patients' health care team. Be well.

Specialties
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General Surgery

Surgery - Vascular

Licenses

United States: Idaho, Washington

Doctor Q&A

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Could be serious: Depending on the transfer of energy with the car crash, it is possible to have a cardiac contusion and associated heart arrhythmia. Okay to get evalua... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Many possibilities: Adhesions or scar tissue can be found anywhere. Adhesions are part of the healing process. They can scar together loops of bowel in the abdominal/peri... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Embolic stroke: Brain damage from an embolic stroke is a major cardiovacular event. Vascular lesions or plaque in the carotid arteries increase stroke risk. Both sten... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Get bowels moving: Stay on schedule for routine check ups with your OB doc, and get your bowels moving. A bowel regimen may be needed, discuss with your ob. Constipation... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Make an appointment: Your surgeon needs to evaluate you. These symptoms could be low risk and temporary. They could be more ominous and your surgeon will be able to make t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Treatable: In addition to dr. Frederick shieh's answer, you should enter a vascular monitoring program with your doctor and vascular surgeon, if you have a aaa, ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Surgery indications: Upper GI symptoms can be vague. So your doc will get you tested. Ultraound of your gallbladder is a good first test to make a diagnosis. If your gallb... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Vascular risks: Genetics or family history is a risk for vascular disease. However, it's mainly if family members had vascular events, (stroke, limb loss, heart attac... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Vascular conditions: Vascular conditions, aka cardiovascular disease is number one killer. Cancer number 2. Vascular conditions kill by cv events; stroke, heart attack, su... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Tough situation: Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin at the recommended dose. Look up "Back in Control" for reading. Check in with your local health clinic for referral... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Observation: This is a mild elevation. If you are feeling well, okay to get another GGT blood test in 3 to 6 months. Be well.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hematoma: Hematoma complicating a breast biospy will take 6 to 8 weeks to resolve, depending on how large the hematoma is. Use a support bra. Report to your pro... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Some risk: However, the benefit of getting your colonoscopy is greater than this small risk. Also if your afib goes out of control, it is correctable. Be well.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
EGD: A scope or EGD will answer your question and screen for serious issues like stenosis, mass, cancer. In the meantime, use TUMS, (calcium carbonate) the... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: The MRCP is an advanced imaging technique to show if your gallstones have traveled outside the gallbladder into the DUCT system. Gallstones traveling ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Sediment: Infection means bacteria growing where it should not be. Your test for infection in your urine was negative and that is good. Sediment in the urine ca... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Could be ......: The organs on either side of diaphragm can give sensation of chest heaviness that radiates into back. Gallbladder, fatty liver, gastric distention, ul... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Body parts: After 1985 there was a big change in how surgically removed body parts were handled. Surgeons used to be able to return certain body parts to the pati... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Care of hemorrhoids: Medical therapies for hemorrhoids: bowel regimen (fiber, stool softeners, water, juice, laxatives and probiotics to achieve two soft bowel movements d... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
?incidental finding?: Sounds like you had a scan for some other reason. It is not uncommon to find a renal and/or liver cyst. If they have concerning features, then the rad... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Take a family/friend with you to discuss your eyelid surgery and help you ask all the questions . There is always a risk/benefit analysis that goes wi... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Variety: Eggs daily are not the best idea, as variety helps in any diet. However, an egg daily is not necessarily a bad thing. Maintain your ideal weight, exer... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Both: The bulge is also known as the hernia sac and contains organs that belong inside. When the bulge is present, it is called incarcerated. When the bulge... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: The risk/benefit analysis will take into consideration the degree of prolapse and the future need/use of the uterus. Removal with hysterectomy is one ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Analyse risk benefit: Each case has variances, so your doc will best answer this question. Basically the risk of not removing polyp includes rupture, cancer diagnosis and s... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Indications 4 surg: At this time you are still in the recovery phase from hemorrhoid surgery and having problems, aka recovery setback. Best to check in with your surgery... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Rectal bleeding: If your rectal bleeding has come back, then okay to get in to your doc for evaluation. More likely this is a hemorrhoid or recurrent fissure. Cancer i... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Fertility: Your fertility can be impacted by autoimmune disorders. Some causes of hyperthyroid are autoimmune in nature. It is okay to ask your doc about your th... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
When to get checked: Get in with your doc and ask for cardiac testing. A complete physical exam and blood labs, stress test and possible RUQ ultrasound should get you star... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Usually not: However what you are labeling as pus may be something else and normal part of healing. The healing process for wounds is not exactly pretty. Okay to g... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Symptoms: If you have no symptoms and you have a gallbladder then you can rest assured it is working.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Family and friends: It is common to be nervous before surgery. Talk things out with friends and family. Focus on your risk to benefit analysis. If you are not sleeping or... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Get evaluated: There are several possibles. A hernia at one of the surgery port sites could occur. Okay to make appointment with your regular doc. Ask for exam and u... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Endometrial ablation: Check out endometrial ablation surgery. A procedure that can be done as outpatient and in some cases in office, to decrease menstrual bleeding. Okay t... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
When to get checked: If you develop fever or vomiting get checked right away. For bad abdominal pain, that radiates down your leg a ct scan may help determine a diagnosis.... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Get evaluated: Hopefully you are in a healthcare facility and under care of a surgeon. If not, please go in. Feces draining from navel requires inpatient care. Once ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Post surgery care: Pain and pain management after surgery is challenging as there are many variables impacting pain. The amount of pain after organ removal has some depe... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Anal fissure: An exam under anesthesia, is the first part of the rectal operation. While you are comfortable and under general anesthesia your surgeon will examine ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hypercoagulopathy: This is a valid concern. Hopefully you are on anticoagulants for your blood clot. Okay to discuss this with your doc. A referral to a hematologist for... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Constipation: Constipation is common and source of many abdominal symptoms. A bowel regimen to achieve 2 soft bowel movements daily (water, juices up to 1.5 liters ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Hernia: Hernia recurrence does happen, and three pregnancies could add risk for hernia recurrence. A bulge that can be pushed back in, is often how hernia pre... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Biliary disease: Try a low fat diet while she is waiting to get her diseased gallbladder removed. If she develops vomiting or fever, take her into er.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Kidneys: It is not clear if the kidneys are failing or now have cancer. With chemotherapy, kidney failure can happen and is usually treatable. Okay to ask for ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Tachycardia: You may benefit from a 24 hour or 3 day cardiac monitor. Intermittent tachycardia can dangerous. Keep a record of when the episodes occur. Check your ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Bile binders: In the rare patient, diarrhea or loose stools develop after gallbladder removal surgery. A trial with a bile binder such as Questran (cholestyramine) ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Get evaluated: Definitely call your pediatrician, or take your child to urgent care. You describe a high fever that persists. Be prepared for admission to hospital. ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Prognosis: Prognosis is determined at time of diagnosis/treatment. Seems cancer is/was stage 4, which has a shorter prognosis than stage 1. If stage 4 is NEW, ne... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Head/neck radiation: Radiation for a variety of indications was common until about 1980. Military families report this treatment frequently. There is a subsequent increase... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Recovery: if your recovery is uncomplicated, you feel well off pain medications and no heavy lifting at your work...it's possible you could return at one week.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Not long: Intestinal blockage can be life threatening. Your health care team will care for you in a hospital, with intravenous lines and fluids, bowel rest, tu... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Mar 30, 2014
Dr. Berg provides outstanding responses and recommendations for patients that are concise, pertinent and highly informative too. Her answers are in depth, helpful, relevant, and provides direction tha...Read More
I highly recommend Dr. Berg for her knowledge wealth, caring attitude, promptness, and just being a great doc! I would never hesitate to entrust her the care for myself and my family.
Dec 26, 2014
Dr Tracy A Berg is an excellent physician, very knowledgeable,passionate and on the top of her field. She is a great value to the people of WA and to the family of health tap.
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THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTIONS. MY SURGEON SAID THE ADHESIONS WERE THE WORST HE'S SEEN, SAYS IT LOOKS LIKE SPIDERMAN WENT IN &WEBBED MY ENTIRE ABDOMEN FROM PELVIS TO STERNUM. I GUESS THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS ...Read More
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thank you for advice......sometimes i tend to get anxiety with dental proceedures and warfarin and want to be as safe as possible........my cardioligist recomended anti biotics before,during and after...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you! I agree I think it has a lot to do with my thyroid. My meds were too high and my doctor had to change the dosage about a week ago

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Spokane, WA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Spokane, WA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Washington - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Associate Spokane Surgeons
Pleasant View Surgery Center

Publications

The Effect of Dietary Caffeine on Urinary Excretion of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, and Zinc in Healthy Males.
The Role of Intestinal Fluid in the Restitution of Blood Volume and plasma Protein after Hemorrhage in Awake Rats
The Effect of Dietary Caffeine on Urinary Excretion of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, and Zinc in Healthy Males.
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