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Dr. Sean O Donovan

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Henrico, VA
35 years experience male

Locations

Office

Henrico, VA

Address

7605 Forest Ave., Suite 308 , Henrico, VA
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Office

Henrico, VA

About

Specialties
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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

182 Answers
29 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Something's angry!: Your pain is typical for something in the rlq that is inflamed-organs involved there are the colon, kidney, ovary and tube, poss. Bladder, hernias...T... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes, but...: Constipation often causes gas pains, particularly on the right side where the build up of pressure from the column of solid stool backed up in the col... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Normal=no: Some discomfort (cramps and perhaps diarrhea) is to be expected for a day or two, but fever and headache are quite unusual. Check with your md if anyt... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Laxative or enema: The pain and pressure you describe are typical for a backup or fecal impaction-hard stool that needs to come out. A gentle enema may help get you goin... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Increased bilirubin: Jaundice is a layman's term for elevated bilirubin in the blood, often visible as a yellow color in the eyes and skin. Bilirubin is a break down produ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: But also push fluids, gentle exercise like walking, increasing fiber and perhaps otc stool softeners like colace (docusate sodium) or similar may also... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes yes yes: A common side effect, needs treatment with softeners, perhaps laxatives too. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a reliable choice, now otc, but try a he... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes if herpes: Herpes will have persistent intensely itchy/painful sores that start as blisters, then form ulcers(=sores), which typically last about 10 days or so, ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Not sure about ball?: Gum will pass in the usual fashion, so not to worry. A swallowed ball will depend on the size, but usually if it makes it through the rest of the inte... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Seek help: These are common symptoms of many anorectal problems, often easily diagnosed / helped /dealt with in the doctor's office if they are experienced in an... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes, possibly: Sounds like simple constipation (eating your fruits and vegetables?) with straining causing engorgement of your external hemorrhoids, thus no bleeding... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
No: But if the herpes ulcers are in the anogenital area, the pain they cause, or the pain medications perhaps taken, can cause deferral of bowel movements... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Pain & misery!: Aside from the significant discomfort from not going, hard stools can irritate the lining causing bleeding, ulcers and in extreme cases, even perforat... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Colon = large intest: The colon is the last 5 feet or so of your intestines, from the rectum to the cecum, and it has altogether different functions, appearance and use tha... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Helps: Reglan (metoclopramide) helps the stomach empty faster, pushing the large volume of the typical liquid prep out faster, lessening the chance of you vo... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Better options: Magnesium citrate is a powerful stimulant laxative that can be rather explosive, so a safer option for simple constipation would be stool softeners (l... Read More
A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Ask for help: Removal of valve between small intestine and colon may allow more bile to enter colon, irritating it and causing diarrhea. Bile blockers like Cholesty... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: It is a common misconception that fecal impaction causes a complete blockage. Most often liquid stool makes its way around the hard lump in the rectum... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Anal sex, not forgetting its other risks, still will traumatize your healing uterus and vagina, which are still recovering from the baby and trauma of... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Congenital: If not surgical, usually a congenital condition (anal atresia) caused by a failure of migration of the cells that eventually form the anal complex --t... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Brush teeth???: Not really sure what you are asking, but if you are saying your breath smells, try better oral hygiene or ask your dentist for help.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Pink, and NO: Everyone's anal lining is pink, no matter what your melanin content. An untrained eye will not be able to differentiate any abnormality by home inspec... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Hemorrhoids vs muscl: Seepage like you describe may be from protruding hemorrhoids or a weak muscle, ; other possibilities are a fistula, tumor or significant rectal inflam... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
?rectocele: What you describe sounds suspiciously like a rectocele--a weakness or bulging of the rectal wall into the vagina, often causing some partial obstructi... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Moist heat (sitz): Pain from anal fissures usually comes from sphincter muscle spasm, often relieved naturally by heat (sitz baths), otc creams which contain 'caine comp... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Information: Contact www.Ccfa.Org which has a lot of helpful literature for exactly your situation. The doctor who diagnosed you should be able to give you a compl... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Prob no injury: Anal sex may cause fissures which typically show up as pain and bleeding with bms so without these you are probably ok. Nausea is non-specific and pr... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Fissure?: Sounds like you might have an anal fissure-small tear in lining, common with passage of any hard object, in or out of anus! often heals with conservat... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
It's complicated!: Impaction has many causes; functional, anatomic, medication or diet-induced, so get checked first. Your doc may recommend fiber, gentle laxatives, eve... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Get checked!: Your boil (= abscess) may represent the opening of a fistula, an abnormal infected tunnel that will need surgery to fix and prevent serious problems d... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
YES: Constipation results in a buildup of feces in your body, the bulk of which is bacteria, which produce gas as they digest the waste from your bowels. M... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Nope: Don't worry, they know how to get one there!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
See below: First line treatment of hemorrhoids involves stool softeners, a healthy high fiber diet to bulk stools, possible lubricants to ease the passage of har... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Don't be shy: They've heard it all before, and probably a lot worse, so go ahead and give them the details. Don't worry if you don't know the right words to use, ju... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes with care: Always check with your doc, but there are no contra-indications to use a laxative to help ease bm's when you have colon ca. Some will work better tha... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Most diverticular disease is acquired, happens at older ages, and commonly left-sided. Congenital diverticuli are more commonly right sided, and may b... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Rectal substitute: Bcir stands for barnett continent ileal reservoir-a patented technique of creating a reservoir for stool after colectomy, usually for cuc. Requires in... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Ask Colorectal surg!: Many alternatives exist to the bcir, and may actually be preferable. Your local colorectal surgeon should be familiar with these and can discuss all t... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Irritants: Fleets enemas contain a powerful irritant to cause your colon to make mucus that aids in evacuation-simple saline and water do not!
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Many: Bile comes from the gallbladder and liver, pancreatic enzymes from the (guess what?) pancreas, acid and other enzymes from the stomach lining and smal... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Now!: 'swelling' may be many things, but don't hesitate to call your surgeon as they will be the best one to evaluate you for this. Redness around the incis... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Itching/irritation: Most creams can cause increased irritation if used too much or too heavily--allergic reactions are rare but may also exacerbate sypmtoms and worsen th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Depends...: Techniques of sedation vary widely, and "difficulty" of colonoscopy do too, depending on anatomy differences, previous surgeries, scar tissue and exam... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Water and salts: Generally most colon preps are made of water and a mix of salts to both replace those expected to be washed out by the prep, but also to make it "neut... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Probably not: A little late, i think, but your bowel prep done after your breakfast should 'wash out' the remains of it without too much trouble. When in doubt, alw... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: First line treatment of hemorrhoids involves stool softeners, a healthy high fiber diet to bulk stools, possible suggestion of lubricants to ease the ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Depends...: Size of tag? Technique used? Office vs outpatient procedure? All will affect how much pain you feel, as well as individual pain tolerance! but most of... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
No? Spelling correct: Not sure what you are asking about--a treatment? Medication? Procedure? Most anorectal fistulae require a surgical procedure to fix, and anoratab does... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Blood carries O2: Blood carries oxygen to all the tissues in the body, and whenever the hemoglobin (blood level) falls too low, other organs may suffer, so giving blood... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Sometimes: Diverticulosis/ diverticulitis may be exacerbated by popcorn, although there is much argument about whether this is really true. The butter added is m... Read More

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Oct 23, 2013
Fast, Fantastic answers to often complex questions, truly an asset to the Medical Community. A true national leader in Colon and rectal Surgery. Highly recommended
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. O Donovan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. O Donovan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I just posted a question this afternoon asking how MUCH aspirin. I began with 2 full strength 7 1/2 years ago and wonder if I should decrease dosage now.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dear Dr. Donovan, Your answer is appreciated. In the last months during sports season, eating lots of -junk- i've noticed Hemmoroids, and Polyps ?
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Thankyou for taking the time to answer my question.....also what would the rectum pain be caused from I have not had a flare up for over 3.5

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA
Graduated 1987MD

Awards

Top Colorectal Surgeon , First Place, Virginia - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Richmond Region, VA - Summer
2013
Top Colorectal Surgeon , First Place, Virginia - Summer
2013
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