Dr. Philip Woodworth

General Surgery
Rogers, AR
27 years experience male

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General Surgery

Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

105 Answers
7 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Establishing whether a problem is acute or chronic is basic good doctoring in the evaluation of any issue.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Ice then heat: Ice first 24 hours then may use mild heat. If pain does not start to improve on day 3 seek medical evaluation.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Drain irritation: Sounds pretty normal though not pretty itself. If the bulb on the jp is not staying compressed the vacuum seal may be compromised and the drain may no... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: If you have known stones, they may escape the gallbladder and block the common bile duct from draining the liver and gallbladder. This is a very serio... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
>99%: The surgery itself has a very low risk in most patients. The main complications are bleeding and infection. These are easily identified and corrected ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Hemorrhoid probable: Most likely is hemorrhoid a but should be evaluated by a physician to see if need further testing (like a colonoscopy).
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Need examination: May not be a hemorrhoid. Please see a physician that is knowledgable about hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, abscesses of the ago-rectum.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Not long if elective: If your gallbladder was removed on an elective basis you should be ready for surgery once you prove you are feeling better and can eat and drink.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Might be abscess: This may not be a hemorrhoid. Sounds more like a peri-anal abscess. Please see your doctor as this may need to be surgically drained.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Scar tissue possible: It is possible you have formed scar tissue that is intermittently kinking or blocking your abdomen so that it feels hard and causes nausea, bloating, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Too many mutations: Cells do change and are recognized and disposed. Eventually a series of several changes do occur in the cell and once all of these have happened does ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Often Necessary: Well tolerated operation with benefits in the appropriate patient.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: If unable to remove the lesion endoscopically you need to have it surgically removed as colon polyps are believed to progress into colon cancers.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Tough spot: If you are having repeated infections you do need an operation for this problem. Unfortunately pilonidal cysts and abscesses are difficult to treat. S... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Maybe: Very complex question lap band is useful in patients that do not require large weight loss. See a bariatric surgery specialist.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
No: There is a very high rate of gastric cancer in japan and korea due to their diets. These cuisines are different. Gastric cancer is not as common in th... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
See your surgeon: May be simple scar tissue. Make an appointment to see your surgeon to review your symptoms and the pathology report with your appendectomy.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Simple bathing: Rinse the wound with clean soapy water and pat it dry. No soaking or scrubbing.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Most likely hemorrhoids if there is no pain. More serious things like rectal or anal cancer occur more frequently as you get older.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Despite the fact that semen spilled onto or into your vagina no form of contraception works 100% (except no intercourse). Spilling semen decreases the... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
6% survival at 5 yrs: Your friend is stage iv. Overall survival rate is 6% at five years from time of diagnosis. His actual life expectency is related to many factors and ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Surprise at wellness: Most women i operate on are surprised at how well they do after a simple mastectomy. In fact I am often asked why it is not an outpatient procedure. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Need more info: Please let me know what aspect of laparoscopic surgery you are referring to.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Severe dysphagia.: Mild dysphagia can have a partial wrap. Prior surgery makes the case difficult so a procedure such as a tiff may be better. Prior gastric or esopha... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Look 4 mass/dischrge: Manual manipulation of the breasts is done to look for any masses or dischage. The axilla (armpits) are also evaluated for enlarged lymph nodes.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Evaluation by MD: Need to have an exam with history, lab, and possibly us of the groin.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
All sorts: Typically pressure and sensation of a large bruise. Expect color changes. If it becomes hot or red or is expanding you need to see your surgeon right ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Bad Luck: If the mass is symptomatic or enlarging it can be removed surgically. No medications will make them go away.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Tincture of Time: Acute flare ups are typically self-limited. If there is a thrombosed hemorrhoid this too will also go away althought you may end up with a tag of extr... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yeast overgrowth: Taking any antibiotic can alter your bacterial flora and allow the growth of unwelcome bacteria (c.Dif in colon) or yeast in mouth or vagina.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Surgeon/radiologist: Could also see a message therapist if there is no venous valvular insufficiency that needs correction.
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A member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
185 lbs: You would ideally like your bmi to be normal but a good goal is to get it below 34. You are currently over 42. So a weight of 185 is a good targert. A... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: If small and asymptomatic you don't need anything done. If have significant gerd or pain from a large hernia or pulmonary complications from the herni... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Biopsy and/or PET: Ct guided biopsy or mediastinoscopy with biopsy may be indicated. Pet may show increased areas of activity and oncologist may want to treat simply due... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Sure: Pain is due to change in hormones. Nsaids and sometimes bcps help. Evening primrose oil may help. Avoid chocolate and caffeine.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Pretty Good: Biliary dyskinesia is the most likely cause of your problem. See a surgeon to review all of your findings.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Have an exam by your primary care doctor. Mammogram and us are also needed.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Vaginal: Vaginal should be ok. Do seek evaluation by a colo-rectal specialist.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Bile duct obstructed: See your physician to make sure your bile duct system is not blocked.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
See surgeon: If significant pain is ongoing there could be a problem so need to see your surgeon. Hernia repairs can cause extended periods of discomfort but sho... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Rest: The biggest issue in your recovery with be the healing of the abdominal wall. Limited lifting for 2 weeks with return to full activity in 4-6 weeks.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Gallbladder: You need an ultrasound of your gallbladder. If this is normal get a hida (gallbladder function) exam with cck to check for biliary dyskinesia (gallbla... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
No cancer guarentee: Barrett's is a cellular change that is associated with an increased risk of lower esophageal cancer. It is not for certain that you will develop cance... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Could be: This is the use of a finger which is inserted into the anus to break apart and remove stool in the rectal vault when it cannot be passed with a normal... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Sounds like a bruise: Probably just hit it in the perfectly wrong way. If you do notice a general increase in the ease of bruising though please see your doctor.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
2-3 weeks: Think of it as a bruise. Swelling will occur then subside slowly. Bruised tissue will then need to clear itself of debris. If there are more significa... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Very Low Risk: The pleurodesis should have scarred your lung to the chest wall and prevent it from collapsing as it did before.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Unlikely: Depends on what the operation is in determining risk. If you are referring to an operation for disc disease you are unlikely to have a complication th... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
See physician: Bad things include an aortic dissection which could be life threatening.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 27 years experience
Gallbladder?: If bloating is mainly upper abdomen and pain radiates around the right and thru to the back it could be representative of gallbladder disease. Please ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Woodworth is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Woodworth is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jan 10, 2015
he's awesome
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Thanks for your quick reply! My family doctor also does colonoscopy should I see him or GYN thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! That's the most useful answer I've recieved. Thank you.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you Doctor,i am a male because you were refering to women to

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saint Louis University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Jonesboro Region, AR - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Jonesboro Region, AR - Summer
2013
Top General Surgeon , Second Place, Missouri - Summer
2013
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