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Dr. James Isobe

Phlebology
Birmingham, AL
55 years experience male

Locations

Office

Birmingham, AL

Address

5295 Preserve Parkway, Suite 270, Birmingham, AL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 7:00am - 4:30pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Humana

United healthcare

First Health PPO

Office

Hoover, AL

About

Bio

BS Biology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA MD, Univ of Iowa Medical School Internship, Philadelphia General Hospital Surgical Residency, UAB, Birmingham, AL United States Medical Corps, Surgeon, 130th General Hospital, Germany General Surgical Practice 1976-2005, Birmingham, AL Phlebology, 2006-Present. Medical Director, Baptist Vein Center, Birmingham, AL Board Certified in General Surgery (FACS); Diplomate of the American College of Phlebology

Specialties
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Phlebology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

408 Answers
20 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Yes: Redundancy in the colon can be seen with age, often associated with chronic constipation. Resection can be performed, but usually because the redunda... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Unusual: Guaifenesin is an expectorant and there is no diuretic effect with this medication. It will cause dry mouth, and perhaps the subsequent thirst and dr... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Not pathologic: The warm summer months results in vasodilation (relax) of veins allowing for release of heat from the body, hence making the veins "appear" more prom... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Many things: Causes of dizziness: inner ear problem, sudden changes in position(sitting, rising quickly to standing), hyperventilation, high fever, high/low blood... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Possibly: Symptoms are consistent with gb problem. If persists, consider further evaluation with ultrasound of abdomen, but check with your doctor first.
A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Fatty liver: Extra fat storage in the liver is a result of obesity. In the same way we store fat in the obvious parts of our body (arms, abdomen, legs, face) when... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Growing pains: Leg pain is probably aching in muscles, and doubt cramping as the cause next time there is complaint, check out area; cramping results in balling up ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Seek Phlebologist: Modern evaluation of vv include ultrasound study of the leg veins, examination of legs. Treatment is office based, includes endovenous ablation, micro... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Many causes: Prolonged sitting, standing, venous incompetence, congestive heart failure, arthritis, infection, trauma are common causes. Seek help of phlebologist... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Diuretics : Diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) may help decrease your leg swelling, but better to look at the causes, and treat them. Venous disease (venous incom... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
7 days: Healing following port placement is about a week, and that is when sutures are generally removed, although many surgeons close wounds with subcuticula... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Antibiotics: Folliculitis or inflammed/infection of the hair follicle can be cured by course of antibiotics. Some have curly hair resulting in pseudofolliculitis ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See phlebologist: Leg cramping is a common symptom of venous incompetence. Go to www.Phlebology.Org and see a phlebologist close to you who can evaluate the dad's legs ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Thickening : Thickening of the carotid artery in the neck is an aging phenomenon, with the wall of the artery having a fatty streak, and this is early arterioscler... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Probably: Unprovoked/idiopathic clotting with pulmonary embolism is a significant problem, and it would be best to see your doctor. If there is a family histor... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See your doctor: Fragmin (dalteparin) treatment for a year implies a significant coagulation problem, and your statement suggests that you have had prior pulmonary emb... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Harris-Benedict form: BMR (basal metabolic rate)=9.6xwt. In kg +1.8xht. In cm. -(minus) (4.7xage in years). One inch =2.54m, and lkg=2.2#. The result in in # calories whe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Varies: There is no set rule on the angle of entry. For smaller veins close to the skin, the angle is more acute with the needle/catheter closer to the skin.... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
When : When telangiectasia (spider veins) pop (rupture) there is a resultant bruising, purplish-black ofter with a stinging pain in the area. At times the s... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
No: Busipirone when taken with warfarin may increase the anticoagulation effect of warfarin, leading to potential for nosebleeds.
A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
No: There are some laser procedures with will "tighten" the skin (lipolase), and are applied in cases of turkey neck skin, etc. Don't know of any topical... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See your doctor: Bright red blood points towards problems about the rectum and anus: hemorrhoids, fissures, proctitis. Darker blood may be due to pathology higher up... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Avoid constipation: Increase in the fiber intake, hydration, use of stool softener to avoid constipation is in order. Some books instruct on avoidance of eating things w... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Maybe: Elevated liver function tests with swelling of the liver often is associated with liver tenderness when palpation is performed just beneath the rib ca... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Your choice: Some tailors who make custom clothing will ask you which you prefer, and make appropriate alteration in pants wear to suit your needs.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Same: A competent phlebologist should be able to preform clarivein procedure as well as radio frequency ablation procedure. Clarivein does not require tum... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Yes: Spider veins, reticular veins are telangiectasias, and having a tattoo over such an area may result in increased bleeding and bruising. Treatment of ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Followup: Enlarged ln may not be due to infection. It is best to reexamine the ln, checking for resolution/enlargement. Biopsy may be indicated with progressi... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Splint: Try splint for carpal tunnel. Cramping may be due to method of holding pen tightly. Should cramping persist, see orthopedic surgeon/plastic surgeon s... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Ignore: Using 20-30 mm Hg below knee compression hose will help minimize leg pain, swelling.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
MgCl2: More than likely you are inquiring about magnesium chloride, also known as epsom salt, used for cellular detoxification, and tissue purification. Mag... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Normal: Prominent veins about the shaft is normal, especially upon arousal.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Bleeding in tissue: Trauma to any site in a patient on anticoagulation will result in bleeding into the tissue resulting in large bruise. Baker's cyst is in the back of ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See doctor: Constant leakage of urine through vagina. See your doctor who can examine you and help identify the problem.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See doctor: The location of abdominal pain may help in identifying the problem; however, it is the onset, associated symptoms like nausea, vomiting, character of ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Possibly: Pain, swelling are common symptoms of dvt, and the best way to evaluate this is with a duplex ultrasound study of the involved leg. Sometimes, there ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Cetaphil: Cetaphil soap and cream are gentle products one can use for skin eruptions.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See Dermatologist: It is nearly impossible to make a diagnosis of a skin eruption without looking at the area. Seek help of a dermatologist in your area.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Definitely abnormal: The common denominator of all the things mentioned resulting in hacking cough is swallowing. During this process you may be aspirating some swallowed... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Yes: Iv cannula plus fluids, medications in a vein can result in irritation of the vein lining, subsequent thrombosis (clot) . This is often self-limiting... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Can happen: Spider veins (telangiectasia) in the lower leg can spontaneously burst/bleed. Often happens when standing in the shower or in hot weather when veins ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See your doctor: The symptom complex may be viral in origin, even perhaps food poisoning. Persistence of symptoms is a good reason to see your doctor for evaluation.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
# of things: D-dimer is breakdown product of blood clot, and false positive results is seen in trauma, pregnancy, recent surgery, liver problems, malignancy, high ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Several things.: Breast problems may be cause . Connection of ribs to sternum(breast bone) has cartilage and inflammation here may be another cause.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Time: Hopefully, the measurements were ok, and the getting used to takes time. Summer time is hot, and compliance is sometimes difficult. 30-40 mm Hg is u... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Blood clot in brain: Blood clot within the major venous drainage of the brain, presenting with headache, seizures, weakness of arms/legs, abnormal vision. Causes include ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Maybe: Dehydration, low potassium can contribute to cramping. Try hydration, repletion with banana, oj. Stretching, ice massages can help. Consider venous... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
See a Phlebologist: Pregnancy is a risk factor for development of vv, but by 6 weeks postpartum they tend to shrink. If they persist, see a phlebologist and he will be sm... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Maybe: Flip-flops require holding onto the slipper with the first-second toe, and this may result in use of other muscles in the foot that were not used wit... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Means to lose wt.: Lapband is a device that is placed about the stomach to limit the capacity of food entering into the top part of the stomach, giving one the sensation... Read More

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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Nov 5, 2014
I have known Dr. Isobe for many years having trained at the same medical institution. He is an accomplished vascular surgeon with expertise in phlebology. I highly recommend him to my patients.
Dr. Ted King
Mar 4, 2013
I can easily recommend Dr. Isobe as a very experienced and expert phlebologist. He is well known for doing excellent work and giving great answers on Healthap.
Dr. Ted King
Mar 4, 2013
I can easily recommend Dr. Isobe as an experienced and expert phlebologist. He is well known for doing excellent work and for his great answers on HealthTap.
HealthTap member
I have had bad hip pain for years now and only 40. They said it was bursitus. I have a hard time making it through a work shift without taki
HealthTap member
Thank you very much. I saw my Doctor and he reckon its just nodes but if I'm worried I can have them removed, I'm just confused. Thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thx! I was just worried b/c a couple spots are up my arm. I wont worry

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

U of Iowa
Graduated 1967MD

Awards

Best Surgical Teacher, Baptist Medical Center, Surgical Residency Program
Most Influential, First Place, Birmingham, AL - Winter
2013
Top Phlebologist, First Place, Alabama - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Novation
Baptist medical center princeton
Brookwood medical center
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