Dr. Robert Cloud

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Rockwall, TX
43 years experience male

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Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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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
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A 21-year-old member 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon resection: The small intestine is the most important part of the GI tract. It provides all absorption of food. The colon doesnt do much and is basically a tube. ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Enema: Tap water enemas are fine. However, if you are having problems with constipation at age 53, you should see your physician for further workup.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer: Change in bowel habits , rectal bleeding, abdominal discomfort or bloating. These are nonspecific symptoms and can be the same symptoms of other disor... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Blood in stool: The most comman source of blood in the stool is Hemorrhoids or anal fissure. Evaluation for colon cancer is a more age related issue. Patients over ag... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Polyps: 95% of polyps less than 1 cm in size are benign. Adenomatous polyps are the pre us or polyp for colon cancer. All colon cancers come from these polyp... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: That is one possibility and the easiest to correct. Get on a probiotic ( over the counter) and take it daily and see if that helps.. If symptoms persi... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Small bowel ulcer: Could be anything from as simple as an isolated ulcer from aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication induced to the early signs of Crohn's disease
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Depends on what stage hemorrhoids are present and whether your symptoms are related to the internal or external hemorrhoids. You are going to the righ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal fissure: The physiology of a chronic fissure is this: the internal sphincter muscle is an involuntary sphincter. It relaxes when the rectum is distended second... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: Actually bananas are notorious for causing constipation. Eliminate those, drink plenty of water and watch your dairy products ( they harden the stool)... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal fissure: Hard to tell without seeing. Anal valves are up inside. Probably skin tags or folds.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Fecal impaction: The safest way to clear a fecal impaction is to see your physician for a rectal exam first to confirm that nothing else is going on. Then he will pres... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Perianal abscess: Warm tub soaks and see a colorectal surgeon as soon as possible. It is possible that nothing else will be needed. However, 50% of abscesses recur and ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: A fleets mineral oil enema and a tablespoon of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) should suffice. If not, see your physician.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Abdominal pain: Severe abdominal pain should be evaluated in the emergency room. The most likely causes are constipation or diverticular disease although intestinal o... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon cancer stages: Stage 1 - cancer confined to colon wall. Stage 2 - cancer thru colon wall. Stage 3- lymph nodes involved. Stage 4 - spread of cancer to distant org... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Need laxative: Colace is a stool softener. For transient constipation, you should add a laxative. Pericolace (combination of stool softener and laxative) or Milk of ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation/heartbu: Not usual;ly cause heartburn, but can aggravate it.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal discharge: Could just be inflamed hemorrhoids, but at age 44, you should see a colon & rectal specialist for further evaluation. Most likely that evaluation ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal swelling/bleedi: Most likely swelling of the external hemorrhoids and the bleeding is most likely hemorrhoidal in nature as well. At 47 years of age, you should be eva... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: Not sure what you mean. Constipation can mean not having a stool or difficulty having a stool. You are over the age of 40 and something more serious c... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal fissure: Constipation needs to be corrected.Only 50-50 % of fissures heal with conservative. If fissure hasn't healed on conservative measures within 4 weeks, ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation: See your physician for evaluation to include labwork, thyroid studies, colonoscopy and physiological workup of your colon (if necessary). Once complet... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Constipation/fissure: Usually psyllium, decreased dairy products (they harden the stool), increased water, stool softener, non-steroidal preparation h up inside the anus da... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Anal fissue: Theoretically, yes. If a vaginal birth is complicated by a 4 th degree tear, then that potentially can weaken the sphincter and a concomitant sphincte... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Abdominal pain: A.Change in bowel habits to include left upper abdominal pain may be nothing more than constipation. However, at age 41, it should be evaluated by col... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Hemorrhoids: We are all born with hemorrhoids. Most likely you wont have any symptoms and if you do, they will most likely be abled to be handled with conservative... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Rectal pain: The answer is yes. Fissures and hemorrhoid all irritation can result from anal sex. Sounds like you have a fissure. Should see your doctor for confirm... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Abdominal pain: Main possibilities are abdominal wall issues, ovarian cysts or colon. If colon , at your age would be constipation or spasm.. Usually too young for di... Read More
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Need more info: If ct scan, biliary sonogram, hydascan (looks for blockage of flow of bile), upper endoscopy, ERCP (looks into comman bile duct leading from liver) an... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colon gas or stool: This most likely represents constipation or gas. The colon is attached under the rib cage on both sides. When constipated can get left upper quadrant ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Thrombosed hemorrhoi: Most likely a focal thrombosed external hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids have two components, internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoi... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Nausea, dark stools,: Sounds like you have a disorder with your stomach. Most likely either inflammation of the lining ( gastritis) or an ulcer. You should see your physici... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Peptic disease: Pyloprospasm (spasm of valve between stomach and duodenum), peptic ulcer disease or pancreatic issues. Try mylanta or Prilosec and if not better, then... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Colorectal surgeon: Anal fissure disease and hemorrhoids are the specialty of the colin and rectal surgeon. They have many tools to deal with these problems based on the ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Esophagitis: Gastroesophageal reflux can cause espohageal pain, spasm, burning and even hjoarseness as stomach acid irritates the vocal cords. General recommendati... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Gastroesophageal ref: Gastroesophageal reflux causes all of that and needs to be evaluated and gotten under control. General measures include PPI medication (Nexium, Prilos... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Abdominal pain: Constipation can produce all of these things . The workup and recommendations is totally related to the patient's age. Under age 40, it is most certai... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Random diarrhea: if bowels are moving daily with intermittent diarrhea, then IBS might be the culprit. If you are missing days of stool followed by diarrhea, then ev... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Prep for colorectal: If you are referring to an office visit with a colon & rectal surgeon, no prep is usually preferred unless the office specifically told you to tak... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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