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Dr. Jon Spiers

Thoracic Surgery
Houston, TX
32 years experience male

Locations

Office

Houston, TX

Address

PO Box 6629, Houston, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Other

About

Bio

Dr Spiers is both a cardiothoracic surgeon and an attorney. He works to aid both patients and physicians in dealing with the challenges of modern healthcare in the ever evolving legal arena. Dr Spiers also works to help physicians and other professionals stay abreast of developments in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

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.

Thoracic Surgery

Licenses

United States: South Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

153 Answers
56 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes but why?: There are many tests that can look at your entire body, but i question what you are looking for. You need to have some indication for the test, and y... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Ovarian Cancer?: An ovarian mass and a DVT in the other lower extremity is worrisome, but it is not a definitive sign of metastasis. You are right to be concerned, si... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Would not hurt...: As a general rule, i instruct my patient that if they ever think it is possible they are having a heart attack, then it is possible they are having a ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Many possibilities: It could be as simple as a cold, or you may be in heart failure - or many things in between. You should see your cardiologist to follow up an addre... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Several: The hormones prevent eggs from passing into the uterus, and thickens the mucus to prevent sperm from getting to the eggs.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Probably: If you are bleeding that much from your hemorrhoids, you may need to have it treated surgically. You might even have another condition worsening the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
No: This is a temporizing measure for those too sick to undergo definitive treatment. In patients who can tolerate definitive therapy, it is unwise. I... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Depending on the extent of the aneurysm, it may be manageable by one of several methods. You need to see a cardiovascular surgeon very experienced in... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
It depends: Surgery may not be required, but this is a serious condition. Your relative needs to talk to his or her doctor to determine the best course - whe... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
See your doc: If you have had a stroke this should be addressed. Your neurologist can work with your primary care md and your cardiologist to outline a plan for yo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
As prescribed : Take the amount prescribed or, if an over the counter remedy, as directed. Always ask your doctor if you have a question. Hope this helps!
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Go to your doctor: Your shortness of breath can be due to inadequate oxygen getting into your blood. This is a function of gas exchange. It might be manageable by inc... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Some leakage : Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this . You will have periodic echocardiograms (mayb... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Not worried: Some respiratory illnesses take a while to resolve. Your doctor can guide you through this. Don't be too quick to assume you have cancer! remember,... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Get help in person: As a general rule, i instruct my patient that if they ever think it is possible they are having a heart attack, then it is possible they are having a ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Unlikely: While COPD does not cause lung cancer, the factors (smoking, for example) that cause COPD can also cause lung cancer.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Might be: Common things are common - meaning it is more common for one cancer to have spread than it is for there to be two cancers. Your doctor will perfo... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
It depends: Whether they are safe or not depends on what they contain - some are relatively harmless, and some are not. Talk to your doctor to be sure.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Dust?: Cigarettes can cause cancer. They can lead to pulmonary destruction. Do not smoke. Hope this helps!
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Could be serious: Blue lips are not normal so i suggest a consultation with a pediatrician asap.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Narcotics plus: Usually several narcotics are used as the patient moves through the various postoperative phases. These can be supplemented with non-narcotic analges... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Not long: Survival from cardiac arrest is determined by many things, and time is certainly an important one. However, how well the body is oxygenated and per... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Some leakage : Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this . You will have periodic echocardiograms (mayb... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
No: A mitral valve repair fixes a structural defect in the heart. Anxiety is a mental condition, and can be cured by other, non-surgical means. Some peo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes.: Yes it can. You might want to see your doctor.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Your oxygen levels may be spurious - they are false - or you may not be using the oxygen once delivered to your cells. Either way, you need to see yo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Like any broken bone, the sternum can heal. It can also fail to heal, leaving one with a mobile chest wall. That is, fortunately, a lot less likely.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Probably not: Pain in your hip is not likely related to your heart.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Having it : Having lung cancer that is advanced, as in stage 4, gives one a terrible prognosis. Advanced lung cancer is a fatal disease.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Near infinite causes: Shortness of breath can be due to many reasons, but the common denominator is oxygen delivery. If you cannot get enough oxygen to your cells, your bo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes. : Anemia limits your blood's oxygen transport ability, which can make you feel short of breath. Talk to your doc for more insight into your conditi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
I do not : Know why, but you should be concerned. See your doctor. Hope this helps!
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Material may build up on the piercing, the septum may become infected and enlarge, and the piercing itself may limit the airway. I don't recommend ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Pain: Is common, as is weakness and shortness of breath. Work with your doctor and therapist to get through this. Good luck!
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Many reasons: Shortness of breath can be due to many reasons, but the common denominator is oxygen delivery. If you cannot get enough oxygen to your cells, your bo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Not long: This is a grave prognosis. Hope this helps.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Several: Pain, numbness, atrophy, and weakness are common. If you think you have this see your doctor. Hope this help.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Similar: Coronary spasm is narrowing of the coronary artery that is transient, while angina is the pain caused by diminished blood flow. Significant spasm ca... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: There are certain conditions, like homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, that can result in coronary disease at an early age. Additionally, drug ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Several websites: The american college of surgeons (facs.Org) and the society of thoracic surgeons (sts.Org) can help you with this. Also look at ctsnet.Org. Of co... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Some: It is not uncommon for a patient to have some abnormal heartbeats (an arrhythmia) after lung surgery. Usually it can be managed with medication, and ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Potentially all: Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the us, and potentially everyone can be affected. You need to visit with your physician to... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Smoking is bad: You are right - smokers are hurting their lungs, and smoking is one of the causes of pulmonary disease. But there are other causes, such as genetics,... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
You are not lane: Wile many people have allergies, most are not debilitating. The severity should be assessed by a doctor. If severe enough, you may respond to some o... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Maybe: Have you been doing anything that might result in pregnancy? You know - having sex? If so, then you could if your period is dramatically different. ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
By gradually: Increasing your exercise duration, you can shed all those excess pounds and get into shape. Consult your doctor to be sure there is no contraindicati... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
I don't know: But it could be bad. Why not see your doctor today? Hope this helps!
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Several ways: Some need only medical management, while others need repair or replacement. Traditional valve surgery has been a open procedure (true open heart surg... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Sorry: You alone can decide whether you want to do what a doctor suggests. Your doctor can suggest, but the decision and responsibility is yours alone. Hop... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
I am sorry: Did you see someone about it? You probably should if it is so severe are asking about it here. Hope this helps!

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Spiers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Spiers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I just need more opinions. Because the hospital I went to didn't really check me like they were suppose to....
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Thank you very much for your reply this had really helped to put my mind at ease and I am trying not to think about this minor leak.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! had it checked last summr & still unresolved. Asthma or sclerosis?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Tennessee College of Medicine, TN
MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

Awards

Top Thoracic Surgeon , Second Place, National - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
American College of Chest Physicians
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