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Dr. Jan Rakinic

Colon and Rectal Surgery
IL
39 years experience female

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Jan Rakinic, M.D. is the chief of Colorectal Surgery at Southern Illinois University in Springfield IL. She is the Head of the Colorectal Cancer Management Group at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. She is the Program Director of the Southern Illinois University Residency Program in Colon and Rectal Surgery. She is a Director of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, a Senior Board Examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and a member of the Review Board for Colon and Rectal Surgery for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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Colon and Rectal Surgery

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United States: Illinois

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English

Doctor Q&A

222 Answers
18 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Not painful: A thin catheter will be inserted into the anus, and pressure readings will be taken. The catheter takes pressure readings at different levels in the a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Drink more water: Technically, constipation means having a bowel movement less frequently than once every 5 days without any laxatives, so you really aren't constipated... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Difficult problem...: This is more common than you might think. It is rare that severe constipation would kill someone, but significant medical issues can arise. Work with ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Quick med school!: Wow, that's like a whole semester of med school. Maybe more. Diseases can be self limited, like viruses or GI bugs; or functional, like GERD and irrit... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Some are common and those are easier to figure out. Some are unusual and harder to sort out. It always helps when people are honest with us and tell ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Read advice first: Pediatricians always give an informatoin sheet when little ones get shots. Read that first. If that doesn't provide you with guidance,then yes, call t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Several things: Crohn's disease is an autoimmune-type disease with no cure. Management uses immune suppression, which places people at risk for infectious complicatio... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Several: see below.: Risks of rectal prolapse surgery depend on approach: surgery through the perineum, or bottom, has few risks, but a higher recurrence rate. Abdominal a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Fiber and fluid: The best treatments for constipation are "homeopathic"- fiber and fluid. Get enough of both, and usually, the constipation will resolve. Remember to e... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: Rectal bleeding is not normal and should always be evaluated. See a colorectal surgeon, who will do a complete evaluatin and examination, and can trea... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Sometimes yes!: On rare occasions, certain types of polyps will fall off by themselves- it's called autoamputation. This is more common with a type of polyp called ju... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Increased risk: Having any cancer (aside from a skin cancer) increases the risk of a second cancer. Also, there are some family cancer syndromes (lynch syndrome or hn... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, internal H's: Internal hemorrhoids are the ones that bleed; external ones can swell and if thrombosed (clotted) can cause pain. However, rectal bleeding should alwa... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Kind of.: A ct scan can suggest crohn's as a possible diagnosis, but a proper diagnosis requires a complete history and physical examination, and most often an ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
For patient safety: Ischemic bowel means the blood flow to the bowel is decreased enough to cause symptoms; in this case, surgery was needed to remove affected bowel. Rec... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: You need to see your doctor for a complete history/physical exam. Please do so soon.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Pain, anorexia: The classic description: crampy pain that starts at the umbilicus (belly button) and over a few hours moves to the right lower quadrant of the abdomen... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
None shown.: No foods or habits shown to confer a higher risk.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
ER- need more info: If there is no injury to intraabdominal structures, or a need to surgically manage the wound itself (big wound or bleeding wound), observation is done... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Colorectal surgeon: See a colorectal surgeon for a proper history and physical exam. A number of things can cause rectal pain and correct diagnosis is key to effective tr... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor.: Episodic loss of control may be related to a loose/watery stool; even normal sphincters find it hard to control that. If, however, you have true sudde... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Fissure, maybe...: You may have a fissure- an acute crack or tear in the anal canal that is quite painful. Spasm of pelvic floor muscles and nonrelaxation of the sphinct... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Yes.: There are several surgical approaches to pilonidal cyst removal. The classic approach left a large open wound which healed in over time; recurrence wa... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
No.: Pilonidal cyst is well away from the birth canal, so it should not affect pregnancy and childbirth. Your doctor can help with management during pregna... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, of course.: Stool becomes hard and dry if there is not enough water and fiber in your diet; it's difficult for the colon to move it along, and difficult (and pain... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Good question...: All it takes for diverticulitis is one diverticulum. Colonoscopy may not see the diverticular openings if they are small. Ct scan may also not see div... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: It is most likely that the abscess caused the groin infection. Both need to be treated: the abscess should be drained, and the groin nodes probably wi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: Rectal bleeding is not normal and should always be evaluated. See a colorectal surgeon, who will do a complete evaluation and examination, and can tre... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See your doctor: It means you need to have a proper examination by a doctor. A colorectal surgeon will take a history and do a specialty exam of the anorectal area. Pl... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: Rectal bleeding is not normal and should always be evaluated. See a colorectal surgeon, who will do a complete evaluatin and examination, and can trea... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Depends.: Hemorrhoid treatment depends on one's symptoms. Start with increasing fiber and water. There are a number of non-resectional approaches (tissue not cu... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See the doctor: There can be many reasons for rectal bleeding, but all of them should be evaluated by a doctor! see a colorectal surgeon who will do a complete examin... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Often surgery: Cysts with few symptoms may be treated conservatively, with shaving the area free of hair, and perhaps oral antibiotics for minor swelling. However, m... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor for help: If the cyst is enlarging, you may wish to consider an elective cyst excision. As it gets bigger, the surgery to remove it is more extensive, and the p... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Pretty quick: Most people go home within 24 hours. Normal eating and bowel movements in 1-2 days. Back to work or school within a week. But remember- no heavy lifti... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Get diagnosed first: The short answer is no. The proper answer is see a doctor who can do an exam and correctly diagnose the problem first- such as a colorectal surgeon. M... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Yes, several: The appendix is in the right lower abdomen- so is one ovary and egg tube, and a lot of the small intestine; and the uterus, bladder, and rectum are ri... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
No- read on: Ulcerative colitis is often diagnosed when someone seeks medical advice for rectal bleeding. However, internal bleeding usually implies bleeding into ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
First,fiber & fluids: Eat foods high in fiber- fruits, veggies, whole grain cereals and breads, drink lots of water. Decrease caffeine and alcohol intake. Don't strain at s... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See your doctor: Persistent abdominal pain should be evaluated by your physician. Be sure to take a list of your medications, and discuss diet and activity. Don't wait... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See a rectal surgeon: Anything that persists in the perianal area should be evaluated by a colorectal surgeon, as there are a number of maladies that are treated very diffe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Lots.: Lots of medications have constipation as a side effect. Using a daily fiber supplement is a good and safe way to deal with that. Remember to also drin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Now.: This sounds like irritable bowel syndrome, in which the GI tract responds unusually to certain stimuli. Pain that feels like gas is common. This deser... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: Rectal bleeding is not normal and should always be evaluated. See a colorectal surgeon, who will do a complete evaluatin and examination, and can trea... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Rectal prolapse: Without seeing you, my best guess is either a rectal prolapse or swollen hemorrhoids. Rectal prolapse is when the rectum pushes to the outside, and it... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Go to Emergency Room: Abdominal pain after a motorcycle crash is nothing to fool around with. Injury of intra-abdominal organs must be ruled out. Go to your nearsest emerge... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Concerning: Your description is worrisome. You need to see your doctor who will do a proper examination, and see if further evaluation is indicated, such as a col... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Not so much.: Everyone has some changeability in bowel habits, and sometimes a certain food will cause "the runs". However, if you frequently have 5 or more stools... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Skin damage: Not a good idea. The perianal skin normally has some darker coloration- it's not "dirty" or bad. However, this skin is very specialized, and the senso... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Balmex and fiber: Get back on a regular diet with plenty of fiber and water. Gently cleanse the perianal area with a mild soap and pat dry. Use balmex (yes, what's sold... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rakinic is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rakinic is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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May 1, 2012
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Dear DR.Rakinic, Thank you for your help. Really appreciated your answer. This website is very important to many patients and thanks again for your service. Stuart
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! so if i eat vegitables, drink water, do not drink caffine and still suffering what should i do?
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Thank you so much for taking the time to answer. Hopefully I won't have too much trouble getting better. thanks again!

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Medical/Graduate school

Tulane University School of Medicine, LA
Graduated 1983MD

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