Dr. Alexander Barkan

General Surgery
Mineola, NY
26 years experience male

Locations

Office

Mineola, NY

Address

120 mineola blvd, Mineola, NY, US
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

About

Bio

Laparoscopic/ Bariatric Surgeon.

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

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

366 Answers
110 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Craniofascial injury: First what is the cause? Xrays, and ct-head is in order as well as follow up with a nuerosurgeon or plastic surgeon who specializes in cranfascial inj... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Colorectal cancer: Consequences include need for surgery and other forms of treatment such as chemotherapy radiation. People may live for along time if disease caught ea... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Colonic polyps: Depending on your age and your family history. If they are random polyps then follw up every three years with colonoscopy is indicated.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Bowel perforation: Treatment is mostly by surgery if patient has peritonitis. If diverticulitis causes a perforation sometimes long term antibiotics are needed, and surg... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Colorectal cancer: There are classic symptoms of decreased caliber of stool and constipation or change in bowel habits. But it can also present as a rectal bleed and wei... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Fistula closure: Fistula closure depends on several factors. Most important is how much is coming out per day? If the amount is minimal most will close with in sever... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Diarrhea?: If your intestinal bacteria is associated with diarrhea then your stool needs to be tested. If the results are positive then proper treatment can be ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Lap band!: Weight lose with a lap band depends on you. If you follow all your doctor's reccomendations then you can be succesful.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Bariatric surgery: Long term effects can include vitamin deficiences, anemia (iron), and protein malnutrition. These problems can be controlled with proper supplementati... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Dvt!: Blood clots in legs can be due to obesity, trauma, sitting for a long time such as in a plane, etc the pathophysiology is due to damage to inner linin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Wound healing: Granulation tissue occurs in all wounds. In primary wound healing it is not exposed to the outside as it in secondary wound healing.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
General anesthesia: With chronic lung, disease intubation (general anesthesia) can prolong the time the tube will stay in also situations like atelectasis (decreased lung... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Tightness!: Maybe muscular, rib, or gall bladder pain.
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A female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Vague question impos: Maybe completely unrelated to your pregnency. Symptom needs to be more detailed to give meaningful answer.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Stomach hurts: Maybe you are flexing your abdominal muscles to much.
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A member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Piles: Straining and hard stools cause piles. Try using anusol hc, suppository or cream.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Trapped: See a medical doctor . May need an MRI to evaluate the neck before recommending treatment.
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A member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Bloated: Can be anything or nothing. Need more symptoms. Could be related to over eating, gas, gastroparesis, etc.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Abdominal swelling: Vague symptom. Have to give more information to get proper recommendations. Also best to follow up with your doctor when in doubt.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernias can affect lung function if large. Since you are symptomatic i would recommend a consultation with a surgeon soon.
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A member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Confused: Ectopic pregnancy is a dangerous situation. The proper thing for you to do is see your ob/gyn and get a blood bhcg level which is more accurate then a... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Stretched pouch: Depends how long you are after surgery. Your increased food intake could be normal if you are a long time out, let's say two years. But if you regain... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Fistula closure: Fistula closure depends on several factors. Most important is how much is coming out per day? If the amount is minimal most will close with in sever... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Suck in?: Dear spongebob-- have to be more specific about the pain. Is it lower or upper left sided abdominal pain? Are there an other symptoms such as nausea,... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Carcinoid tumor: Carcinoid tumors can be found in several places in the intestines. They do not cause symptoms unless the liver is affected. Carcinoid syndrome can be ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Hydration: Depends on your history . If you have chronic constipation then difficult problem. Also depends what you are calling constipation. Noal bowel movement... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Stuck hernia?: It will usually not ruptue. If it hurts and there is reddness around the area do not try to push it back in because the there might be bowel stuck an... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Pot tah-bso: Most post op care has to do with wound care. Watch for reddness or swelling around the wound. If you feel chills or develop a fever temp 101.5 or abov... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Put again?: I would not reccomend placement of another band for at least one year or even consider a different bariatric procedure all together.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Weeping!: Weeping? Blood, liquid? Can hurt, b inflamed, but shouldn't have discharge.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Ectopic after lap: Unlikely to be related to recent surgery.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Rt knee pain: Maybe related to your varicose veins and may not. Can be from lower back pain referring to your knee. Maybe arthritis pain. Need a xray or MRI but f... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Diabetes: Could be hypoglycemia or could be hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis so if you havent't seen your doctor yet go! or you'll end up in an emergency room soo... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Ibd: Ibd flare ups include bloody diarrhea , abdominal pain and possible fever.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Germs: The germs from the market are no different then germs from any where else you come home from.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Right upper quad pai: Yes could be gallbladder related. But not always. Recommend seeing your primary care doctor.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Umb hermia: It can be cause of your pain or not. Umbilical hernias can hurt cause either fat or bowel can get stuck and cause swelling of the tissue due to blood... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Allergy: This may be an allergy to something. Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but follow instructions for children use.
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A female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Diverticulitis ?: Maybe, should see your doctor for a physical exam and possible radiology studies.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Lymph node: It could be a lymph node or a chronically incarcerated ( stuck for a long time ) hernia. Should have someone look at it.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Pain in the neck: Your symptom is to vague. Need more details but most likely muscular but can't be certain with limited info.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Anal fissure: The Nifedipine relaxes the sphincter and Lidocaine is used to numb the area to decrease pain.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Anesthesia : Minimal effects , usually none.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Gallstones: Gallstones with no gallbladder. There are different kinds and the can arise in the main canal between your liver and intestine . The cause is unknown ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Diarrhea: You need to see a gastroenterologist and get an evaluation to see if you have a condition that causes malabsorption of certain food types.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Mouthwash: Using mouthwash is not associated with ulcers.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Burning ear: Your symptoms are vague. You may be having migraine headache, virus infection, anxiety attack, so it's hard to pinpoint one diagnosis with burning ea... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Liver ache: Usually liver does not ache . Nash is a pathologic diagnosis and many people have a fatty liver from being over weight etc. But it is not a problem th... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Chewing?: After gastric bypass you are probably on a post bariatric diet. So you should be able to eat soft food three weeks after surgery and regular food a mo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Gangrene: Gangrene is the last stage of lack of blood flow to an area. The tissue is dead, there is no bringing it back.
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Testimonials
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Aug 31, 2013
Very talented physician
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Barkan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Barkan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you! I really appreciate your input, this is a very scary time for me and it helps so much to be able to ask questions. Thank you.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you I'm worried because I've had this watery green diarrhoea for 3 days now and can barely eat anything at the moment either
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Thx, Dr. Barkan! I shall add that the spotting & fluid were pre-existing w/adenomyosis & uterine fibroid. My fatigue improved after surgery.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St george univ
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 1997MD

Awards

Top General Surgeon , First Place, New York - Winter
2013
Top General Surgeon , Second Place, New York - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Winthrop University Hospital
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