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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar

Surgery
Washington, DC
21 years experience male

About

Bio

I am an expert in the treatment of Dialysis Access, Carotid Disease, Aneurysms of the arteries in the neck, chest, abdomen, and legs, Varicose Veins, spider veins, and other circulation problems that involve the legs. I'm happy to help!

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.

Surgery

Vascular Surgery

Licenses

United States: District Of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
64 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Wait until delivery: Pregnancy can worsen vein function in the short term, but will improve to some degree after delivery. You can do some things to help -- wear compress... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Get an Ultrasound: Plain x-rays use ionizing radiation and can miss many aneurysms - only images the ones that have a lot of calcium in them (many don't have calcium at... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Not always: The mutation is carried on the x-chromosone. Men have one y and one x chromosome, therefore they tend to express the gene product. Women have two x ch... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Leg pressures: Non-invasive studies that measure your blood pressure in different locations of the leg are a great way to confirm peripheral artery disease. The bloo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Usually 24-48 hours: Endarterectomy is the gold standard for symptomatic carotid disease. Recovery can be quick - just 24-48 hours. Many surgeons have a 2% peri operative ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: There is no evidence the disease would worsen by flying in airplanes.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Newton's thick skin: An apple hit newton on the head. If newton had sat under apple trees too often, he would need thick skin! and he had better have strong veins too! lu... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Very rare: The vast majority of teenagers will not have blocked arteries. Rarely, heavy smokers develop buerger's disease, or thromboangiitis obliterans, a rare ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
See your doctor: A detailed history and physical is needed here. Your pulses need to be examined and your legs checked for varicose veins. It's also possible that it i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Depends on details: In general, experienced surgeons can perform endarterectomy with low complications. Many surgeons have a 2% peri operative rate of stroke, less than 1... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Need details: Where in the leg? What brings it on? What makes it worse? Does the same thing make it better/worse every time? How would you describe it? How long doe... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Sometimes it's just a single small incision with vein brought over to the artery. Other times two or more incisions of great length are needed. Discus... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Medical management : In general, taking an Aspirin and statin medicine is the quickest way to begin treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Exercise, weight loss, blood ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Yes, see your doctor: Atherosclerosis, an inflammatory process that results in blockages and hardening of the arteries, is a systemicdisease, meaning it occurs throughout t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Depends on details: Pulmonary embolism is a life threatening and a serious issue that should be treated immediately. However, many people live completely functional lives... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Safe operation : Endarterectomy is the gold standard for symptomatic carotid disease. It is safe and effective. Many surgeons have a 2% peri operative rate of stroke, ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. The most common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis either in the chest arteries or neck arteries.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
See your doctor: It's never normal to have pain, and given all that traveling you need to be checked for blood clots. Get yourself checked out as soon as possible to b... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
See your doctor: Minimally invasive office procedures can help most people. See a vein specialist and take control of the situation!
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
See your doctor: It's never normal to have pain, let alone excruciating pain, while walking or exercising. Clogged arteries, neurological disorders, and yes even blood... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Ultrasound: An ultrasound is the best test to rule out a blood clot. Symptoms of a blood clot can vary, but one clue is that it usually involves only one leg at a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
No: There is no association between a AAA and skin discoloration.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Immediate with O2: Reversible ischemia is, by definition, reversible and as soon as oxygen delivery rises there are no long term metabolic consequences. If whatever is c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
No: A venogram, performed by injecting dye into the veins and taking x-ray pictures, is usually not painful. A needle and small sheath is used to access t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Defective veins: When muscles contract blood is pushed towards the heart through normal veins. Varicose veins have dysfunctional valves that do not stay closed so grav... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Exertional leg pain: Claudication is characterized by pain in the leg muscles. It is caused by blockages in leg arteries depriving the blood supply needed for activities l... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
No: There is no evidence that atherosclerosis is an autoimmune problem, meaning that the immune system attacks the body's own tissues.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Behavior can help: Hormonal changes can't be stopped, but behavior can help. Do some light exercise and walk. Elevate the legs at rest, but during pregnancy, one should ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Ultrasound is best: Physical exam is unreliable; doctors over diagnose abdominal aneurysms in thin people and underdiagnose them in fatter people on physical exam alone. ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Very safe: Endarterectomy is the gold standard for symptomatic carotid disease. It is safe and effective. Many surgeons have a 2% peri operative rate of stroke, ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Talk with doctor: It is important that you understand the limitations of different techniques so that you and your doctor choose the best treatment. If cosmetic appeara... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
See a doctor : Your symptoms are concerning enough to see a doctor. Remember that there are two lives at risk here.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: This depends on lifestyle modification - smoking cessation, compliance with medication, and exercise.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Not always: Just hearing noises in the neck, in medical terms known as a carotid bruit, does not necessarily imply carotid blockage. In fact, the most common caus... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Likely neuropathy: Tingling in the hands has a large differential diagnosis meaning that many different things can cause it. Some are benign and a few are more serious. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
See your doctor: A detailed history and physical is needed here.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Vascular Surgeon: See a vascular surgeon. They are able to best diagnose and treat problems related to veins and arteries. To see if your surgeon is board certified in ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Usually normal: This is normal in most people and just reflects the effects of gravity. Excessively red palms, known as palmar erythema, can be a sign of liver diseas... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Varicose Veins: Although you need an exam to 100% sure, it sounds like you have varicose veins. Varicose veins are defective veins that hold abnormal amounts of blood... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
More like neuropathy: Numbness has a large differential diagnosis meaning that many different things can cause it. Some are benign and a few are more serious. Best to revie... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Very different: Varicose veins are defective veins that have weakened walls. Blood clots can form in varicose veins, a condition known as "thrombophlebitis, " but the... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Ask details: Evlt damages the inside of the vein causing it to close. This is a different appearance than acute thrombus and the ultrasound tech should be able to ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. A common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis but a fair number of healthy people can have a benign... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Need details: Where in the leg? What brings it on? What makes it worse? Does the same thing make it better/worse every time? How would you describe it? How long doe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: There are three major types. The most common is related to pain and nerve compression. This one responds to physical therapy sometimes. The other two ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: This just means that the oxygen carrying cells are full. The boat is fully loaded, so to speak. But the boat still needs to get to its destination, be... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Vasodilator: When injected into the veins, it acts as a general vasodilator through histamine modulated release of nitric oxide, among other mechanisms.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large... Read More

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Jul 8, 2012
Dr. Rahbar is who I turn to for any questions related to vein treatments! His fund of knowledge is exceptional.
Jul 4, 2012
Excellent surgeon. Trust his experience.
I recommend this physician!
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Thanks for your quick reply! I am very embarrassed about my hands and I can never remember it's called, now I can tell people what it is.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, WV
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL
Completed 2007

Awards

compassionate doctor award
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Vascular Access Centers
Natural Horizens Wellness Centers
George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC
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