Dr. Olaf Johansen

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Mooresville, IN
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Mooresville, IN

Address

1215 Hadley Road, Suite 201, Mooresville, IN
Directions

Insurances accepted

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Medicaid

Office

Indianapolis, IN

About

Bio

I graduated college with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, followed by Medical School at the University of Massachusetts, where I received the Top Graduate Award of my graduating class. After completing my five year Surgery training at Harvard's MGH, I went on to spend an additional year at the Cleveland Clinic specializing in Colon and Rectal Surgery. I was recruited to Indiana in 1991 where I established the current Kendrick Center, specializing in Colon and Rectal Surgery. We have now grown to 7 board certified Colon and Rectal Surgeons and have an accredited Fellowship. I met my wife of 27 years in College and now have five children, three of which are recent College graduates while the youngest two are juniors at IU. My free time is centered around family and golf, and love following politics, hoping our country will work together to take care of each other.

Specialties
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Colon and Rectal Surgery

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

196 Answers
124 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: A significant episode of diverticulites can cause small bowel to become matted and bound up in the inflammatory mass which can lead to a small bowel ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Maybe: Some evidence suggest a high fiber, limited red meat, taking calcium supplements and a baby Aspirin might lower the incidence. Getting a colonoscope ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Occasionally: Once in a while I use go lytely or similar bowel prep acutely in a severely constipated or patient with a fecal impaction.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
No: Usually thet are signs of phrenic nerve irritation or diaphragm irritation.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Fiber fluid excersiz: The main stay to avoid constipation is getting 50 fluid ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeinated liquids a day, 25 grams of fiber and some daily exerc... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
As a precaution : In the unlikely event that there sould be an inadvertent bowel injury which would require bowel repair...If bowel is prepped less likely to have infec... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Not sure: That is typically not part of the pre op evaluation unless they are concerned about something specific.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: They can more easily be missed and are harder to remove though the most important thing is the findings of the polyp type which is determined by the p... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Get them fixed: Your will continue to have problems if you have grade 3 hemorrhoids (which you describe)over time symptoms only get worse. Any creams, diet are no the... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
They should be: To an experienced eye there are definite visual differences, if you have concerns see a colon and rectal surgeon...If needed biopsies can also tell th... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Only a little: Unusual for bladder cancer to spread to the soft tissue, most likely a subq lipoma or sebaceous cyst, though given your history of bladder cancer shou... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream): This is usually due to local irritation not infection, thus neosporin has no benefit can only act as a further irritant.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: As per previous answer there are many types and different symptoms of hemorrhoids, the treatment takes into account the anatomy and the symptoms of yo... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Fiber, fluid, exercise and MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) . Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is not absorbed in your system and thus should not hurt your ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Very rare: If you have a jejunal ulcer which is very rare there is usually some other underlying condition causing this. Eg crohns or, zollinger ellison syndrome... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Many: But the most common would be bright red rectal bleeding in a young person(less than 40) change in bowel habits or left lower quadrant pain.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Take a break : The prep is not getting through your system quick enough, take a break for an hour or so let the nausea resolve, the start again, if your feel nauseas... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Rectal ulcers have many causes from cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, to "internal prolapse", radiation effects etc, treatment depends on cause, you... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Most but not all colon cancers start as a small polyp which gradually over many years may grow developing progressive genetic changes eventually devel... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Rubber band ligation: A simple internal hemorrhoid like you describe can usually be handled in the office with rubber band ligation this is a simple and effective office pr... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Er: If you are bleeding a lot and dizzy should go to er or immediate care center so they can check vital signs, and a blood count.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: If the iron deficiency is associate anemia it certainly can. Taking iron supplements slowly increases your blood count, depending on how low it was a... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Depends on why your blood count is low, the most common cause in a young women with heavy mensus is iron defiency anemia in which case taking a multi ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: If this is an acute thrombosed hemorrhoid with swelling this usually resolves in a week or so on it's own. For more chronic problems see a colon and ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Most likely: These findings require medical evaluation, though other things can cause it need to rule out jaundice with some simple blood tests.
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A male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Most do with high fiber diet and fluids, this will keep your bowels soft and fissures usually heal on their own. For persistent or recurrent fissures ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
See your doc: Crohns disease is a chronic lifetime condition with potential recurrent flare ups and medication changes and potentially surgery. It is imperative tha... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Likely muscle strain: Doubt any internal damage, likely you pulled a muscle, i suspect it will get better in a few days.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
No: Hemorrhoids are vascular and soft and rarely are the cause of change in bowel habits or constipation or change in the caliber of the stool in and by t... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Maybe: On rare occasions during colonoscopy there can be a splenic tear leading to a parasplenic bleed with a hematoma, or there could be a micro perforation... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Breakdown of lining: A rectal ulcer is when you have a breakdown of the lining of rectum. Though there can be many causes the common ones include rectal prolapse, interna... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Not really: Higher fiber foods tend to make your bowel movements more regular meat does not have very much fiber, but unless you are on an atkins type of all prot... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
No: Turner syndrome has a host of manifestations which should have become obvious and diagnosed by age 31.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Fissure: All though i cannot give you a definite answer the most common cause of rectal pain and inability to relax your sphincter muscle thus making bower eva... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Inflammatory strictu: Sounds like from your previous issues that you might have some anastomotic problems, like a small contained leak now with perhaps a small abscess and ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Maybe: I presume you had laproscopic surgery via you belly button, you may have a small suture granuloma or an small deep area of non healing wound in your i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Likely not: Umbilical hernias are common and most do not cause symptoms. Usually symptoms arise if bowel get caught within hernia causing a blockage but this shou... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Fissure: There are a whole host of things which can cause rectal pain with bowel movements, most are benign, including anal fissures, abscesses, fistula's, hem... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
See below: Other potential sources are small bowel chronic bleeding, which can best be evaluated by capsule endoscopy and bleeding from excessively heavy menses.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: Are you taking any blood thinners?(coumadin, plavix), if not bleeding from a hemorrhoid usually last for only a few minutes if the bleeding is persis... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
See colon and rectal: If you have tried the usual measures (fiber, fluids and exercise and laxatives) and nothing is working, it's time to see a board certified colon and r... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Needs evaluation: If your colon evaluation was incomplete and you have heme positive stools you need your complete colon evaluated either with barium enema, helical cts... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Not unusual: Most of the time it's just some serous drainage from the fatty tissue, and will resolve after a few days, if it persists or you develop surrounding re... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Blood test: White stools can be caused by many things but if persistent and especially if associated with dark urine and yellowing of the eyes than one would be c... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Rare: Rarely in the debilitated or elderly they can cause a rectal ulcer of even a bowel obstruction leading to a colonic perforation...In young people they... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Use anti fungal powd: Sounds like it could be a yeast infection, usually these can be nicely treated by over the counter anti fungal creams or powders ask your pharmacist.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
No: Symptoms of ulcerative colites may be aggravated by stress bur ulcerative colites is not caused by stress.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Properly not: Though worrisome sources of bright red rectal bleeding can occur in a 24yr old it would be exceeding rare.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Agree: Colon cancer symptoms tend to symptomatically progress over weeks to months not years, though this doesn't mean your symptoms shouldn't be evaluated a... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease where our own immune systems attacts certain components of your intestinal track. This is way most... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Johansen and his team are absolutely the best of the best! From the greeting on the telephone ... to the welcome in the office ... to the examination and treatment ... Dr. Johansen and his staff ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Johansen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Johansen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, Dr. Johansen! I'll go back to hospital to get a CT report (ER won't give non-final report at discharge) tmrw and give you a call.
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Oddly, when I rub my hand over the bulge, it feel like a this bumpy object & occasionally my stool has blood mixed in it. going to Dr soon!
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PTT was elevated before. Glad that it's back to normal on my op day. Will be in OR in 30mins & hope out cancer-free! Thx for your ans & supp

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Graduated 1985MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Massachusetts
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital

Residency

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Awards

HealthGrades Honor Roll, Health grades
William C Bernstein Award, Midwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Top Graduate Award Class of 1985, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Hewlett-Packard

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Indianapolis Medical Society
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