Dr. Robert Richards

Gastroenterology
Alexandria , LA
41 years experience male

Locations

Tulane Gastroenterology

Alexandria , LA

Address

Alexandria , LA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

BlueCross BlueShield

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Dr. Richards practices general gastroenterology, specializing in IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

Specialties
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Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

Armenian, English

Doctor Q&A

32 Answers
7 Agrees
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Not really: Being a couch potato isn't known to worsen crohn disease. Being active and eating healthy -- and having a positive attitude can help.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Could be stress: You could have anxiety/ depression. You should first rule out a medical condition by seeing a family physician or internist.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Many causes: There are too many causes to go into with little information. It could be a 'spastic colon' known as irritable bowel syndrome. I would suggest you con... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
MIght be reflux: Sometimes reflux of acid from the stomach (gerd) can cause those symptoms. I would advise seeing your primary doctor or a gastroenterologist.
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Off course: A 'coarse' liver is not really a radiological term. It could mean an increase in echogenicity, which in turn could mean excessive fat infiltration. If... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Gastritis causes: Was the gastritis documented by endoscopy? That is really the only accurate way to diagnose it. Gastritis could be a precursor to getting an ulcer if ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Location, location: The question is very broad and it would highly depend on which part of the GI tract we are talking about, i.e. The colon, the small intestine, the eso... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Should be: There's not much detail in your question but there are several good treatments out there for crohn's disease. The newer biologics work in many patient... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Could be a fistula: Not sure what you mean by vaginal 'flatulence'. If you mean that you pass air from your vagina then you may have something called a fistula and you sh... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Testing is in order: Pain, vomiting and diarrhea are 3 symptoms with many causes. The diagnosis would rest on a number of factors such as how long have the symptoms been g... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
It can happen: It can. Sometimes a hemorrhoid will bleed just once and then not again for a long time. Possibly an infectious cause that cleared up. I usually advise... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
A chance: Crohn's has a genetic component. Offspring have about a 5% chance of getting crohn's if a parent has it. There is also an overlap between crohn's, pso... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Yoga: Yoga comes in many forms. Even the most basic form will help strengthen the core and abdominals.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Can be serious: Vomiting can be due to a serious condition such as an ulcer or an obstruction in the bowel. I would suggest you see your doctor asap.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Stay in control: Hopefully the diet won't feel like a punishment. Realize that changing eating habits should be for life, not a temporary fix. Learn how to carefully c... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Enjoy the control: I think it's important to not expect to lose weight too rapidly. Shoot for 1 pound a week. Weigh yourself every morning when you get up, before you ea... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Yes it is: Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are associated with metabolic bone problems, such as osteoporosis. This is worsened by frequently using steroids.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Nonspecific finding: Lymphoid aggregates are commonly found in the colon and small bowel. They are a normal finding. Excessive lymphoid aggregates could be related to inf... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Could be Crohn's: Anal fissures may be due to crohn's disease. Also, psoriasis may be related to crohn's disease. So if you haven't had one yet: i would recommend a col... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Could be reflux: A persistent feeling of a 'lump in the throat' is usually due to reflux of acid. It might also be due to anxiety or other factors. The combination of ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Abdominal pain: I'm not sure how old 'mother' is but assuming she's over 50 it could be a number of things. The first thing is to rule out something serious such as a... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
I: I would start by asking if the doctor has ever done yoga him or herself.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes. The most common i would say are reflux disease, a peptic ulcer or a condition called nonulcer dyspepsia. An upper endoscopy cou... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Ct scans: Usually if contrast is used since carcinogens are vascular tumors. Mr is also a good test as is forfeiture scanning.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Constipation: If lifestyle changes don't help (such as drinking plenty of fluids and increasing fiber), then simple over the counter remedies to try would be milk o... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Strengthen: Strengthen your abdominals and keep your hamstring muscles loose - this will help.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Yoga: Yoga is great for reducing stress and tension, among numerous other benefits.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Diet : The 1st step in managing constipation is to eat a healthy diet with adequate fiber (about 23 grams a day). Also, drink plenty of water and other fluid... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
It can: In older patients, back pain can be the presenting symptom of an aortic aneurism. They can also have lower abdominal pain at the same time. On the oth... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
There: There are no known preventions. Theories: hygiene hypothesis; living in southern latitude; dietary.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Many causes: There are too many causes to go into with little information. You know your body - if it doesn't feel right then see a doctor.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Richards
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Vomiting: If you have an acute condition such as gastroenteritis, then the best thing is to try to take in clear liquids - such as water, gingerale, jello, tea,... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Richards is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Richards is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you Doctor. Now I have direction as to what is the next step.
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Thank you so much. It made me feel better. I was afraid it might be cancer
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Thanks. Can you tell me more about Psoriasis and arthritis?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Medical College
Graduated 1982MD

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard University School of Public Health
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

Stamford Hospital

Awards

NIH K08 - Clinical Scientist
Top Gastroenterologist , First Place, East Long Island, NY - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Stony Brook University Med Ctr
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