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Dr. Joseph Sucher

Trauma Surgery
Phoenix, AZ
26 years experience male

About

Bio

Dr. Sucher grew up in St. Louis, MO. He attained his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and worked at Eli Lilly creating automated systems for analysis of novel HIV protease inhibitors. Dr. Sucher is an Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He moved to Houston, Texas to attend surgical residency during which time he also developed an enterprise level electronic medical record system and became an expert in clinical software. As an Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Methodist hospital in Houston, Tx he published research in Surgical sepsis, robotic telepresence and abdominal wall reconstruction. He moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2013 and has served as medical director of trauma services at HonorHealth Deer Valley.

Specialties
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Trauma Surgery

Critical Care

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

285 Answers
100 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Transplant rejection: If you stop taking your medications, the transplanted liver will be rejected, leading to irreversible damage and eventually liver failure.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
No: This is likely not a blister, but more commonly is a reaction to suture material that is directly under the skin that the body is trying to extrude. Y... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Possibly: It may be acceptable to take vicodin before surgery, but this should only be done in consultation with your surgeon.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
No single answer: Any surgery is trauma to the body and will result in some amount of pain. There is no single operation that can be considered the most painful, as pai... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
See your doctor: Persistent epigastric pain should be fully evaluated, especially with a history of having a previous nissen procedure. This may best be done by a gast... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Timing is Important: There are two failures that are generally noted. Early failures (within the first month) are traditionally considered technical errors of fixing the m... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Possibly: This would be an unusual practice but it is possible. The main problem would be scheduling to different physicians schedules. As well, this would lik... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Possibly: Generally speaking, it's unusual to have symptoms of nipple pain due to fractured sternum. The nerves that provide sensory feedback mainly run from t... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Venous pressure: Hemorrhoids are very common, especially during pregnancy and after childbirth. They result from increased pressure in the veins of the anus. The press... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Generally 6 weeks: Most healing of surgical incisions are strongest after 6 weeks. However, an elliptical doesn't necessarily put much strain on your abdominal area. I r... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Blood collection: A hematoma is simply a collection of blood contained by tissue. This can be seen at incision sites where small amount of bleeding occurs and collects ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
The area of stones: Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder, whereas kidney stones are formed in the kidney. Additionally, they arise through completely differing proce... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
More Information: It depends on where you are experiencing this problem. Most times, i find my patients have peeling around the incision site where surgical glue has be... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Surgery is best: It is important to know exactly what is growing. Therefore, surgery is your best option. Surgery is safe, and scarring can be very minimal in the hand... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Hiatal hernia in and of itself can be considered serious when it causes symptoms. Most commonly this is gastroesophageal reflux, which can lead to a m... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Reduces reflux: A surgical intervention to reduce gastroesophageal reflux (reflux of stomach juices into the esophagus - gerd). Gerd can lead to ulcers and possibly c... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
No: There is no medical reason to say that your next c-section will be more painful than the first. Conversely, it is possible to have more pain than the ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
No: There is no quick explanation for this problem i suggest that you call his surgeon and have him seen as soon as possible.
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Don't give up. EVER: There's one thing i know.. That is... I can't predict the future. I care for critically ill patients every day. There are patients that I am sure wil... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Find another doc: There is no reason why you can't get a second opinion. Quite frankly, sometimes doctors can be wrong.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Abdomen: The large intestine, aka the colon, is located in varying areas of you abdomen. It begins in the right, lower portion of your belly and travels to rig... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Yes most likely ok: Monitor for any further bleeding. If bleeding continues, then seek care immediately.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Possible: Polycystic kidney disease is caused by underlying genetic abnormalities. You should see a physician for a complete history and physical examination, f... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Indirectly: Serum creatinine (marker of kidney function) does not rise or fall because of bilirubin (a marker of liver function). However, kidney function can bec... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Possibly: Any food can lead to a "gallbladder attack" (aka biliary colic). Commonly, attacks occur due to gallstones. However, some people don't have stones, in... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Very good: In and of itself, you a very likely to survive splenic rupture. Most spleens "rupture" due to blunt or penetrating trauma. However, there are a few me... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
It goes away: They say "pain is just weakness leaving the body". But it's really lactic acidosis building up in the muscles. This occurs as part of the normal metab... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
CO2 retention: Hypercapnia is excessive build up of co2 (carbon dioxide), which is normally primarily cleared by the lungs. Co2 can build up due to hypoventilation (... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Chest injury: Any injury to chest wall, lung , heart or other structures in the chest, apart from the spine itself. This may result from blunt force, blast injury, ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Many causes: The short answer is you should see your surgeon and have him examine you. There are many reasons to have pain after a hernia operation. However, the t... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Motility Disorder: Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder. It is diagnosed by manometry, showing a lack of relaxation of the distal esophagus and decreased perista... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Head injury: Any injury to the face, skull, or brain as a result of blunt force, or penetrating trauma. It can also occur due to rapid acceleration or deceleratio... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Absolutely yes: This is exactly what is seen with kidney (renal) failure. I am not making a diagnosis on this information alone. I can only advise strongly that anyon... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Altered mental state: Encephalopathy is a generalized description of an altered mental state that is caused by a medical condition. This is seen as confusion, agitation, le... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Bleeding: Generally, blood loss is a term most commonly referring to bleeding. Blood loss can occur rapidly, due to trauma, or can occur slowly, as seen in dise... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
No, but not uncommon: This is not "normal", but it does happen occasionally. It usually is drainage of fluid that has accumulated under the incision. Usually not a problem,... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Never hesitate to seek medical attention. If you are ok, then you will have that fear removed. If you have an injury that needs attention, then you wi... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Life: The liver is "life". The liver not only creates essential proteins and energy resources, but it also "detoxifies" the body through creation of element... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Unknown.: There are a number of causes for inflammation of the colon. Common causes include diverticulitis and bacterial or viral infections. A careful history ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Yes. In the brain. : Hypercapnea does increase blood flow in the brain by causing cerebral vessel vasodilation. This is part of a process in the brain termed cerebral auto... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Life-threatening: Any fracture that leads to the end-of-life would be a "critical injury". Mostly this includes spine or pelvic injuries. The spine injury is critical b... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Address it: Penetrating injury to the neck usually includes a ct scan of the neck as an initial screening test. Other tests can include bronchoscopy, an upper GI ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Swollen rectal veins: Great question. There is a lot of confusion regarding hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: There are very many factors that go into post-surgical bleeding. What surgery was performed? Where is the bleeding? Are there any medications or medic... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Possible: Having swelling would be uncommon, but indicative of something that may need immediate medical attention. You might have a kidney infection, but there... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Need special tests: This is a rather sophisticated question. One that i can only answer in a very simplistic way. Basically, mannitol, sorbitol, adonitol, and arabinose ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Don't Worry: Talk directly to your surgeon about your concerns, but don't overly worry. Hernia surgeries are generally safe operations. But one hernia surgery isn'... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Indeterminate: This is a fantastic question. Essentially, getting a transfusion from a single donor depends on at least two factors. First, the donor must be health... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Without knowing the exact hernia condition, i can say that generally speaking, you should avoid any vigorous exercise or lifting anything more than 10... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: You can lose weight without exercise, but this is not necessarily advisable. Your first focus should be on your recovery. You can focus on weight redu... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sucher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sucher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the detailed response to immune system - splenectomy question. I've just lost mine and am trying to collect information and am hoping for a normal life.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I have been on hep c tx for 7 months and have to stop the int now, what could cause this? My dr's are stumped.
HealthTap member
My GI wanna send me to emergency surgery tmrw. Blood count 11.4 to 10.0 in 24h w/active artery bleeding. Can I make it to Wed PM surgery?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Top General Surgeon , First Place, Houston, TX - Winter
2013
Top General Surgeon , First Place, Texas - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Society of Critical Care Medicine
Southwestern Surgical Congress
Houston Surgical Society
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