Dr. Charles Breaux

Pediatric Surgery
Grand Junction, CO
41 years experience male

Locations

Office

Grand Junction, CO

Address

The Pediatric Specialty Clinic at St. Mary's Hospital, 2643 Patterson Road, Suite 603, Grand Junction, CO, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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Medicaid

Medicare

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About

Bio

Undergrad at Harvard. Med school at U. of Alabama. General surgery, surgical critical care, and pediatric surgery residencies at U. of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Currently practicing pediatric surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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.

Pediatric Surgery

Critical Care

Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

270 Answers
498 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
In the normal ...: Situation, about 1 month, maybe 2 on the outside. If there were a complication (e.g., infection) it might take longer.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Not bad: If approached through the groin, you would have linear scar there, but such scars tend to be very cosmetic as they are in the lines of skin tension. I... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: A 2nd-degree burn extends into the bottom layer of skin, the dermis. Abrasions, of which a rug burn is a mild form, are very often 2nd-degree in depth... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It is likely ...: That if you truly have an undescended testicle, you would have an inguinal hernia on the same side (~90% chance). The hernia would be repaired at the ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
They usually don't: Appendicitis is extemely uncommon in babies. Appendicitis comes from plugging up or occlusion of the long, narrow, cylindrical appendix, allowing infl... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It could just be: ... the suture material beneath your bellybutton that was used to repair the hernia. The best thing to do is to see the surgeon who did the operation,... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Few minutes to 4 hr: It depends on the situation. In a life-threatening trauma case, blood can be transfused as quickly as it can be pushed in through a large-bore iv, in ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Not for long: Immediately after hydrocele surgery, you will have some expected discomfort in the groin and/or scrotum associated with the surgery itself. That will ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: You want to have an experienced surgeon who's "been there" many times before and can do the best job balancing doing a good cancer oper... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Be more specific: If you want a real answer. You need to give your symptoms or diagnosis and some idea of what you've already been told. That said, your surgeon should ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Guts in & close hole: A baby born with gastroschisis has its guts protruding through an abdominal wall defect. The bowel must be placed in the belly cavity & the hole in th... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
No: A baby born with gastroschisis has its guts protruding through an abdominal wall defect. The bowel must be placed in the belly cavity & the hole in th... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Not usually: Once appendicitis starts, it usually progresses to an increasingly serious abdominal infection. Left untreated, one is likely to die. Current treatmen... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Often associated: About 1 in 4000 live births results in an anomaly of the esophagus &/or trachea. The most common form is esophageal atresia (ea) with distal tracheose... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
<i>I : <i>i had diarrhea bad the doctor where i work gave me a IV saline solution because i had dehydration now my stool change color did the saline solutin ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Primarily scarring: Severe burns and skin grafting result in scarring. The scars may not look as nice as one would like. In addition, the scars can cause functional probl... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Take pain med: If your burn hurts, you probably have a 2nd-degree, or partial-thickness burn. Such burns can hurt a lot until they heal. You can try simple pain meds... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Either way OK: The idea of applying a topical antimicrobial, such as neosporin, to a burn wound is to keep it from getting infected. If you keep it washed & clean, &... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
While wound is open: 1st- and 2nd-degree burns are partial-thickness wounds and heal on their own in less than 3 weeks. 3rd-degree burns are full-thickness wounds which ar... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
If you truly have...: A 3rd-degree, or full-thickness, burn, unless it is very small or narrow and can heal in from the sides, it will need to be skin grafted to fully heal... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
You won't miss it.: You can live fine without your appendix, as it serves no useful purpose in humans. Now there are potential complications of appendectomy that your sur... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
1 to 2 years: The healed skin that was burned is more susceptible to re-injury in the the first year or two afterwards. Sunburn is probably the most common way to r... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Yes, on the right: The appendix is attached to the cecum, the first part of the colon, usually located in the right lower part of the abdomen. In women, the right ovary ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Few days to weeks: 2nd-degree burns will heal on their own in 5 days to 3 weeks. 3rd-degree burns require surgery (skin grafting) for healing, and most burn surgeons wil... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Need lubrication: You may have an abrasion, essentially a friction burn. Be sure you are well lubricated, either from foreplay or a water-soluble lubricant (e.g., KY je... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It depends...: On how much you weigh and how fast you jog. There are calculators available on the internet to help you figure out how many calories you burn with dif... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
If it doesn't heal: A 3rd-degree, or full-thickness, burn is all the way through the skin and will require operative closure, usually a skin graft. A 2nd-degree burn is o... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Possibly: Discuss this with your surgeon. If you are otherwise healthy, both procedures might be able to be done during the same anesthetic session. The surgeon... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe not: By age 14, if it were going to, the foreskin should have loosened up enough such that it would be easily retractable for good penile function and hygi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
A minor burn ...: Would be a 1st-degree burn, such as a sunburn, or a 2nd-degree burn. Both are partial-thickness burns that will heal on their own, given good wound ca... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
No: Manipulation of the breasts that you describe would not cause breast cancer.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Maybe zero: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is generally not used on facial burns to avoid getting it in the eyes, which is not good. Rather, antibiotic ointment ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Umbilical herniae...: Are frequently seen in babies and young kids. The abdominal wall forms from 4 leaves or folds that all come together at the umbilicus. In some babies,... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Pediatric & General: Surgeons repair umbilical herniae. However, in young kids we wait until close to school age before considering repair, because there is a high rate of... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: If a testicle is truly undescended (i.e., not just retractile), it can be associated with increased risk of infertility, testicular cancer, and testic... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Stomach exit blockag: In a baby with hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (HPS), the circular pyloric muscle fibers which regulate the emptying of the stomach become swollen (&quo... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Critical care doc: If your child needs critical care treatment, he/she would presumably be cared for in an intensive care unit (icu), or more specifically a pediatric IC... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Do: Do put your toddler in an age-appropriate well-installed car seat. Don't just hold him in your lap.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It depends ...: On how much you weigh. There are calculators available on the internet to help you figure out how many calories you burn with different activities bas... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It should be OK: If you have recovered well without complications. Of course, you should not drink to excess, or to the point where you would impair usual activities (... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Abrasion/Bruising: You may have an abrasion, essentially a friction burn. Also, with vigorous activity, you might have some bruising. Be sure you are well lubricated, ei... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It depends: The amount of calories you burn walking depends on how much you weigh & how long & how fast you walk. You can find calculators for such activities on ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Around 516: There are calculators available on the internet to help you figure out how many calories you burn with different activities based on your weight and h... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Try pain med: 2nd-degree (partial-thickness) burns are painful; the skin nerves are still present and raw from the open wound. As the wound heals, which 2nd-degree ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It depends ...: On how much you weigh and how fast you spin or bike. There are calculators available on the internet to help you figure out how many calories you burn... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Anytime abdominal surgery is performed with an incision, there is the possibility of developing an incisional (ventral) hernia, either early postop or... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
A 3rd-degree burn: 1st- and 2nd-degree burns are partial-thickness burns and will heal on their own, given good wound care and good nutrition. 3rd-degree burns are full-... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Essentially yes: In people, the appendix seems to serve no good purpose. In animals that eat a lot of high Cellulose foods (e.g., grass), the appendix is larger and se... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
Usually few, if any: Pyloric stenosis surgery very seldom has complications. Generic complications can occur, such as wound infection or minor scarring. The key problem to... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 41 years experience
It depends: On how much you weigh and how long and how fast you swim. There are calculators available on the internet to help you figure out how many calories you... Read More
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Testimonials
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Apr 12, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Superior, concise, informative answers
Apr 17, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
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Thanks for your quick reply! My wife spilt a red hot coffee all over her leg (literally boiling water has she doesn't have milk) and it has caused a nasty burn.
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Can't decide if my hemicolectomy surgeon(colon) or general is better for I don't heal well with and CFS 2 out of 3 incisions developed herni
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Thank you. I'll try polysporin. For some reason, neosporin only hurts at nighttime. During the day, it doesn't. Not sure why.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL
Completed 1988

Awards

"One of the Best Doctors in America," 2003 - present, selected by physician survey by Best Doctors, Inc.
Listed in the "Guide to America's Top Surgeons," 2004 - present, selected by the Consumers' Research Council of America
Top Doctor, Second Place, Grand Junction, CO - Winter
2013

Affiliations

St. Mary's Medical Group
American College of Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Association
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