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Dr. Robert Cloud

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Rockwall, TX
43 years experience male

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Saturday: Closed
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About

Bio

Raised in Dallas, Texas Undergraduate US Naval Academy/University of Texas/Northeast Louisiana University-BS (pre-med) 1976 Tulane Medical School 1980 Baylor Medical Center-Dallas internship general surgery 1980-81 Baylor Medical Center-Dallas residency general surgery 1981-85 Baylor Medical Center-Dallas fellowship in colon & rectal surgery 1985-86 Private practice 26 years in Colon Rectal Surgery 1986-present Married, wife Connie, 5 children

Specialties
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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Surgery

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

117 Answers
18 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Condyloma: Yes. Condyloma arise from a virus and are officially listed as a sexually transmitted disease.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: If you have chronic constipation, then more fiber likely just makes you bloated and more gassy. This is because you most likely have a combination of ... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: Constipation becomes more of an issue as we grow older. If a high fiber diet, plenty of water and avoidance of too much dairy( they harder the stool) ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Change in mole: Any change in mole should be evaluated by dermatologist.
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A 84-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Weak anal sphincter: This depends on a couple of things. Where the weakness is secondary to disruption of the muscle (number one cause prior 4th degree episiotomy repair) ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Blood in stools: Painless blood in stool at age 28 and in the absence of any other symptoms (abdominal cramping, diarrhea, mucus) is most likely related to internal he... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Abdominal pain: Most likely constipation, but should see your gynecologist to make sure all is well with your ovaries.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Bump/anus: The two most likely possibilities are a small thrombosed external hemorrhoid, a small focal area of folliculitis (infected skin gland) or a small peri... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Rectal bleeding: At age 30 most likely hemorrhoid all irritation. Abalone cream containing 1% Hydrocortisone over the counter and used up inside the anus twice a day f... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Rectal pain: There are a couple of possibilities. One could be irritation of your hemorrhoids and/or an anal fissure from the prep or scope itself. Warm tub soaks ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Rectal temp: No, just uncommon to have to take a temp that way in current times with current instrumentation.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal itching: This area breaks down a lot secondary to moisture. The key is to keep it dry and covered with either powder or a barrier cream ( vaseline) until it he... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: Most likely related to constipation or inability to completely evacuate the stool. Getting cleaned out will probably cause everything to go away. If i... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: Yes, bananas are constipating.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal abscess/fistula: true perianal abscess arise from anal glands just up inside the anus. The gland gets blocked but pressure builds up and a tract is formed leading out ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Symptoms colOn ca: Blood in the stool, change in bowel habits, bloating, weight loss, abdominal pain, anemia
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer: No. Colon cancer survival is based on stage. Early cancers can be cured. Once cancer has spread to distant organs, cure rate drops significantly.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colorectal surgeon: Nowadays yes.. The modern day colon and rectal surgeon is boarded in both general surgery and colorectal surgery, but limits his practice to colorecta... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
ColOn cancer symptom: 75% polyps and 50% of colon cancers cause no early symptoms thus the importance of screening. If symptoms are present, then blood in the stool and cha... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Hemorrhoid creams: Over the counter medications include astringents to decongest and shrink hemorrhoids and 1% hydrocortisone.. Prescription creams include higher streng... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Fleets enema: Sodium phosphate. It is a saline laxative and draws water from the body and into the GI tract.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
No known cause: Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) and can involve any portion of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colace (docusate sodium) after fleets: Yes.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer: Family history is most important. People with family history should start screening with colonoscopy at age 40. Everyone else at age 50
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
External hemorrhoid: External hemorrhoids usually swell and cause discomfort. Squatting and straining at any endeavor is a common denominator. Sometimes they clot (thrombo... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
See a physician: Change in bowel habits is an important sign and could indicate something is wrong in your intestinal tract and should be evaluated by a physician to r... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
May be holding stool: One of the most comman reasons for constipation in a 2-year old is either anxiety or fear of pain from the bowel movement. The stool may be too large ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipated: A change in bowel habits over age 40 calls for a workup of the colon to rule out something more serious. This usually includes colonoscopy at the very... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Costipation: The abdominal pain could be persistent constipation or too much laxative. The perfect specialist for this problem is a pediatric gastroenterologist.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Abdominal pain: Constipation can cause pain in left upper abdomen, but the stomach is also located there. Pain with meals could signal an ulcer as well. You should be... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Hole above anus: Could be an anal fistula or pilonidal disease depending on the exact location. See a colon and rectal specialist for accurate diasgnosis.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Chronic fissure: Initial chronic fissure treatment includes correcting any constipation or diarrhea along with medicated creams (nitroglycerin ointment and/or diltiaze... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Conservative Tx : Thrombosed hemorrhoids consist of pain and swelling. The pain goes away first and then the swelling lags behind. Ice pack for 20 minutes followed by w... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Thrombosed ext hem: WhenAn external hemorrhoid swells, it causes internal shake or spasm which is the equivalent of putting a rubber band around your hemorrhoids and caus... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer dx: Colon cancer is usually diagnosed at colonoscopy
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer sxs: Change in bowel habits, blood in the stool, abdominal bloating, weight loss, anemia to name the most comman
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer: Colon cancer is rare before age 40 and usually associated with some family history if you do see it. Most colon cancer occurs after age 50. Thus scre... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Screening: Everyone starting at age 50. Those with famiky history of colon cancer or polyps should start at age 40
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Fleets enema: Absolutely. It is a saline laxative and draws water into the colon and causes diarrhea. Its effects are limited and should only provide a transient di... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Fleets enemas: Yes, unless you have heart disease or kidney disease, but if one fleets enema does not provide results, tehn a fleets mineral oil enema and a bottle o... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Screening: You should start colonoscopy screening at age 40 or ten years before the earliest case in your family, whichever is earlier
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer-lymph: I think you misunderstood..Could lip nose been lymph node. Typically colon cancer moves from bowel wall to involve the lymph nodes that drain that sec... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Women/constipation: Women have more evacuation iossues from men as a result of gradual weakness to their pelvic floor over their lifetime as a result of childbirth etc.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Endoscopy: Either upper endoscopy or colonoscopy are done under IV sedation. Once you are sedated, the scope is passed into the intended area. It usually lasts 1... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Probiotic: Probiotics keep the intestinal flora intact. Over the counter versions include things such as align or pearl.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal fissure: Increased resting pressure with poor relaxation of internal sphincter muscle (not external sphincter) can cause recurrent anal fissuring in the midst ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Lump on anus: Difficult to tell without looking. However, the most comman lumps around the anus are usually painful and consist of either a thrombosed or clotted ex... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Postop ileus: 7 days after colon surgery you most probably have a postop ileus. That is where the colon peristalsis has not returned trapping gas. Alot of issues po... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Hemorrhoids: We are born with hemorrhoids. Most likely you wont have any issues with them and if you do, then most times they can be handled with nonsurgical metho... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Imodium (loperamide): Some people are very sensitive to Imodium (loperamide) and it can cause significant constipation and bloating. If you are having bowel irregularity, t... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cloud is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cloud is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Apr 5, 2016
I really need you help #nationaldoctorsday2016 #virtualflower8
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im.not sure if pharmacists here in our country would dispose otc meds... but hopefully. thank you doctor cloud. your amazing!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I live in the DFW area so I might visit you if does not heal. Thanks!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. This week I will be having a endoscopy performed on me.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tulane University School of Medicine, LA
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

BAYLOR MEDICAL CENTER AT UPTOWN
Completed 1985

Awards

D Magazine-Best Dallas Docs 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Top Colorectal Surgeon, Second Place, National - Spring
2014
Top Colorectal Surgeon , First Place, National - Fall
2014
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