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Dr. Joseph Sucher

Trauma Surgery
Phoenix, AZ
28 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

246 Answers
82 Agrees
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Size doesn't matter: The size or number of stones don't necessarily matter when it comes to gallstones. Symptoms are the most important factor. If you have pain, or nausea... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
See a physician : There is nothing normal about anal bleeding with the symptoms you describe. You should see your physician and more importantly a gastroenterologist.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
It can heal: Anal fissures are notoriously difficult problems. However there are many solutions that range from diet modification to topical medications to injecti... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
See you’re doctor: A lump and pain 2 years following surgery is generally not normal. It could be simply scarring and may not necessarily represent recurrence of your he... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
See a physician: There are numerous reasons for abdominal pain. Important things to understand are how long you have had this, is it getting worse, and is it associate... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Large hernias can be repaired. However, you state “hiatal” hernia. I believe you may not have this type of hernia, as you can only have 1 and it does ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Common : It is common to experience pain in the testicle on the side the operation was performed. Usually pain is due to manipulation and dissection of the spe... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Immune System Intact: I agree with dr. Hoepfner. Your immune system is intact, but you are at a very small risk (.05 to 2%) for overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis from ce... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Fever, rapid pulse..: Transfusion reactions usually occur within minutes of the start of a transfusion or shortly after. Common symptoms are fever, sweating, rapid heart ra... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Equal: The short answer is the best operation is the one that your surgeon feels most competent. The success rates, recovery and complications are comparable... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
At end inspiration : The patient should fully inspire to the point he/she is unable to breath in any more. Therefore, there is little risk for sucking air into the chest c... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Bilirubin is kept low by the liver. I assume cmp refers to a "complete metabolic profile", which is different depending on the lab company performing ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
See someone now: Please see a physician immediately. Do not hesitate. I have no way of knowing what is wrong with you from your description. Only that you need an imme... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Blood and urine test: A simple urine test can quickly determine if you have protein in the urine. A blood test for muscle breakdown products (creatinine kinase) can easily ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Unclear: I'm not sure that it's always "obvious" if someone is or isn't a surgical candidate. I think that if a patient has a problem that requires operative i... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Suggests autoimmune: Your symptoms and lab values suggest an autoimmune inflammatory problem. You need expert evaluation and should see a qualified doctor as soon as possi... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Abdominal Pain: There are many different symptoms. The classic presentation is that of generalized abdominal pain, followed by nausea and vomiting along with fever an... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
See a doctor now: This is not normal. I can't tell you what is wrong, but you should seek immediate evaluation and care by the most available means. I suggest you go to... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Uncommon: "flesh eating bacteria" are bacterial organisms that cause "necrotizing soft tissue infection". These are relatively uncommon infections, amounting to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Right Upper Abd Pain: If you are to experience pain from the liver (uncommon) then you would have constant, non-radiating pain, in the right upper abdomen. There are other ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Increased risk: You are at increased risk for problems. You need expert consultation with a hematologist to determine if you have any underlying medical problems that... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 28 years experience
Abnormal heart beat: Atrial flutter is an abnormally fast heart beat usually originating from the right atrium of the heart. It can cause the rest of the heart to beat ver... Read More
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HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sucher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 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.
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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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