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Dr. Scott Welker

General Surgery
Zephyr Cove, NV
28 years experience male

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Specialties
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General Surgery

Licenses

United States: California, Nevada

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

438 Answers
64 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Probably but don't: Your baby is drawing nutrition from your body and losing weight is best postponed until after childbirth.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Anorexia: Anorexia is not exclusively seen in women; about 10% of anorexics are men.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
The hiatal hernia: This type of hernia causes the reflux. If you're happy with your symptom control on the prilosec, it's ok to continue, but that drug causes oseoporos... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
What: What is my ideal body weight? Be at that weight or even a couple of pounds above it.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Fiber.: And i mean a supplement like metamucil or benefiber, not "eat more grain". You want your bms to be soft and formed. In the short term, soaking in th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Premature: Ejaculation is what we call this. Basically, you have to learn to hold back. First, you need to learn to calm yourself down and lower your performan... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Ovarian: A very likely possibility is your ovary...If you're 5-15 days past your last period, ovulation can cause pain, or a lingering ovarian cyst. This is j... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Doing too much : If you lift heavy things, cough a lot, do too much exercise before you're healed, it can cause a hernia. It would be a bulge at an incision which chan... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Probably gas: I see a lot of patients who suddenly notice things about their bodies that are perfectly normal, that they didn't pay attention to until they became s... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
$3-5 thousand.: Plastic surgery isn't cheap! but breast reduction is a very common operation. You might be able to get it covered by insurance, though...Check with ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Gall bladder: Sounds like cholecystitis to me! time to see a doctor and consider surgery to remove it.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes, more accurate: And will be very good for detecting diverticulosis, the air they inflate your colon with makes the difference. Regular ct is better for inflammation, ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Same: The criteria are the same. I use 101.5 f as my trigger to dig deeper and find the issue. Anything over 100 can be a problem, depending on other sympto... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
MRI: An MRI of the breast is necessary to see if any cancer is there. It's a good test to find even the tiniest cancers.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Depo wearing off: Your Depo-Provera Progesterone was only intended to last three months, it's normal to start having periods again after it is all used up.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Might need redone: Sound like symptoms of a recurrent hernia. Start by seeing your surgeon again!
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
None.: There is no connection at all. Colonoscopy has risks, but UTI is not one of them. If you get frequent utis, though, you might want to look into why.... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
You did what?: You might have torn the tissues in your penis. Please stop doing those damaging things. You may heal up, or maybe the changes are just aging, but th... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Crush them: Many pills can be crushed. You then mix them with something pleasant like applesauce or pudding. Usually, it says on the bottle if they are ok to crus... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
A LOT.: It depends on the food, but frying adds 50-300% to the calories of a dish. One of the worst examples is potatoes, with a single 300 gm baked potato at... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Probably not.: But a menstrual cycle for a week is too long. You should get checked if that's a regular thing.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
None: You can drop gluten with no penalties at all. It's important to continue to get a balanced diet, rich in fiber and vegetables, light on lean meat and ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Could be broken: A nondisplaced fracture behaves exactly like you describe. See a doctor, you need an X-ray.
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Nope: You're fine to take it. It's a very bland analgesic, in the same class as aspirin. Interestingly, Seractil (dexibuprofen) is the S-isomer of ibuprofe... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Possible: But only if the pool isn't clean. Folliculitis, more commonly seen from hot tubs, can be picked up by people who share a common swimming pool if ther... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Ingrown hair: Looks like a whisker that got shaved a little too close. Put some antibiotic ointment on it. Should go away in a few more days. If it's still there... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Moles: Are one of many possibilities. See your doctor for a good exam and diagnosis!
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Antibiotic: Ampiclox, or Ampicillin as it is known in the us, is given in doses of 250-500 mg qid (four times a day). It is also the main drug in unasyn, (ampic... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Omeprazole + soda: Zegerid is a drug, omeprazole, plus sodium bicarbonate. And yes, it can cause acid/base imbalance and interfere with normal renal function. Especial... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not advised: You're wasting your money. Taking hormones, whether from a plant source (that's what phytosoy really is) or just plain estrogen is a bad idea. Your ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Boil them!: Don't take chances. After that, use the dishwasher.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes!: In fact it's a very good thing. There's a special type of massage called "lymphdrainage" that's very good for people who've had their lymph nodes rem... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Burp.: If it's not in your esophagus, it might be something else, though! why do you think you have a gas bubble?
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
No: This is either something else, or you didn't have reflux to begin with. I see a lot of patients who are put on ppis for upper abdominal pain, told the... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Sometimes: The very elderly don't do well with cancer, but it's the stage of the disease that matters, and this can occur at different ages. The main thing is to... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Establishes baseline: You will almost certainly have normal liver functions, blood counts, and CEA at present, but these will be monitored into the future. Any change can ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Nothing, usually.: Unless the rib cage is so deformed that i causes breathing problems, don't worry about it. None of us is perfectly symmetrical.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes but doesn't help: Castor oil doesn't do anything for varicose veins. Also, it smells funny. Compression stockings are a good way to shrink the veins during pregnancy;... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Use: Use herbs and lemon juice. You'll hardly miss the salt!
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Still safe.: Tattoos are no less safe with a cavernous hemangioma. On the other hand, i don't recommend tattoos; there is a very real disease risk and do you real... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
For some patients: Only if you have a very high risk of breast cancer should you consider this operation. Having the breast cancer gene is a frequent indication. The r... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Vitamin A: So don't eat that polar bear liver raw (it contains mega-doses of vitamin a)! vitamin a doses greater than 100, 000 iu / day are well known to cause ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Long answer!: And far too lengthy for this space. Check out this website http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/livertransplant_ez/#1 for all the details.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Most urologists: The rate of robotic surgery among prostatectomy operations in the us is now over 90%.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Usually, yes: Try ice packs or warm packs and over the counter medicines such as naproxen. Also, take a break from soccer for a couple of weeks. Because of the un... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Not likely: My first suspicion would be a herniated disc in your back pinching a nerve. Especially if it happens every day and goes away when you stretch or walk... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Disagree: I think acupuncture is voodoo. It can be harmful in that people go to their acupuncturist in good faith, and they dishonestly portray their methods a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes.: The only sure way is to get endoscopy. Other tests like ct or x-rays with contrast (barium enema, upper gi) can sometimes see a tumor, but even then ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: This may be a sign of lymphedema, which can sometimes result from lymph node removal, especially if you had radiation of the armpit area. A compressi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Hysterectomy: "supracervical" refers to leaving the cervix intact, this is thought to make the pelvic floor stronger.

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Aug 21, 2013
Dr Welker is a knowledgeable general surgeon who is providing a invaluable service to the public on Healthtap. He is also a really nice guy. I endorse Dr. Welker.
Aug 20, 2013
A brilliant, experienced highly engaging surgeon. Highly recommend.
Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for your contribution at Health Tap
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I get my tablets in a bottle. There is no package insert. Could you tell me if long term use of Prednisolone can cause poor muscle tone?
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Symptoms seem to be worsening as I grow older... Surgery will be suggested to my Doctor,,,Thank you!
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This saved my life. Thank You! Found out I'm anemic, hemoglobin was 7.7, thank u for your quick reply

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

USUHS
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

Surgery
Completed 1999

Awards

Top General Surgeon , First Place, Sacramento, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Sacramento Region, CA - Summer
2013
Top General Surgeon , Second Place, Nevada - Summer
2013
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