Dr. Andrew Braunstein

General Surgery
Altamonte Spgs, FL
39 years experience male

Locations

Office

Altamonte Springs, FL

Address

661 East Altamonte Drive, Suite 216, Altamonte Springs, FL
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Office

Altamonte Spgs, FL

About

Bio

Chairman Dept. of General Surgery Florida Hospital, Interests in Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Surgery, and providing efficient cost effective care to patients. I enjoy teaching medical students and taking time with my patients to answer their questions.

Specialties
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General Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

83 Answers
2 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Fever, abd pain, no : Fever, low grade temp, lack of appetite .Pain gets worse in right lower quadrant and worse when sudden movement, and vomiting.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
EGD: Labwork and upper endoscopy could rule out ulcers, or other stomach problems. A history of pain after fatty foods is usually enough unless you have o... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Nerve problem: Consider a neurologist to evaluate for nerve impingement or ms. And possibly a vascular surgeon to eval for thoracic outlet syndrome.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Postop bypass: Ulcers at bypass, stricture are possible, as is internal hernia. Your bariatric surgeon is best equipped to help you.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Surgery cost: The hospital bill depend on the type of colon cancer surgery. There is very little transparency in these fees. Most hospitals will give you an estim... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Bariatric surgery: See a qualified bariatric surgeon to discuss your options and get a second opinion if needed. There is a possibility of going thru the bellybutton la... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Feel the area: Do you have swelling or a bulge that could hint of a recurrence, or are there other changes that could indicate internal problems. If you have gained... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Chronic infection: You may have a congenital duct or cyst to your belly button. This may cause a complication of healing of your umbilicus during healing of a tummy tuc... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Cramping pain: Usually a sharp or cramping pain right side under rib and worse with heavy fried fatty food. An abdominal ultrasound is the best way to see gallstone... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Incise and drain: A general surgeon or colo-rectal surgeon might be able to clean it out with minor office surgery or excise the cyst in the or but you want to control ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Walking, cosultation: See a colo-rectal surgeon to discuss possible colonoscopy, sphincterotomy. Meanwhile stool softeners are good for avoiding further trauma to the anus... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Postop sweats: Walking opens up the base of the lungs and sometimes can cause sweats, an early wounf infection or resolving peritonitis from the appendix can cause s... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Bowel obstruction: You may have a bowel obstruction or abscess from resolving infection. You need IV fluid, possible ct scan or xray, bloodwork and possible antibiotic... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Call your surgeon: If you are jaundiced, of have alot of vomiting call your surgeon or go back to the er at your hospital. If you have a lot of pain or fever you shooul... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Breathing into a bag: This could be like breathing into a bag, your expired co2 is much higher than the atmosphere, but at high atmosphere pressure you could possible get ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Weight matters: The surgery can help reflux, but many people get relief with losing weight, modified diet, and elevating head of bed. Your GI doctor can probably pre... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Postop pain: Postop hernia pain is common and usually improves with walkink, local scar area massage, and anti-inflammatory meds like motrin. Your surgery has a gl... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Lowfat diet, food al: Sometimes a lowfat diet and probiotics can help lessen this. Carafate (sucralfate) has been used, but I have had a patient tell me wellcol, a cholest... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Wound healing: A low grade infection or a early hernia could cause pain since this is usually the larger incision where the gallbladder is removed.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Try massage to the scar if external.
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Aorta disease: The modifiable risk factors of atherosclerosis and blood vessel disease include diet, exercizs, weight loss and avoid smoking. Also diabetes of prese... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Anemia: Make sure you are not anemic by checking with your doctor do you tire easily or get winded easily with gentle activity?
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe appendicitic r: Maybe ruptured appy versus pelvic inflammatory disease. Check cbc, ultrasound or more commonly ct scan and do this in er since it is weekend.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Impotence: See a urologist and a vascular surgeon. You could have diabetes or aortoiliac clogging or your blood vessels. Diet, exercise and do not smoke.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Kidney vs gallbladde: Kidney stones usually cause pain and usually blood in the urine. Diabetes can cause frequent urination and extreme thirst. Talk to your doctor and c... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Gerd, GI reflux: You may have stomach acid that irritates you trachea when you recline. You may also have a pinched nerve or bulging disc in your neck from the coughi... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Breast abscess: You may have dilated ducts or a chronic cyst. See a surgeon for ultrasound and treatment plan. Do not smoke, it maked the condition worse.
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Location matters: An inquinal (groin) hernia is usually a same day surgery with 3 or four days till driving and 1 week until feeling strong enough to go out or work all... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Endoscopic ultrasoun: See a GI doctor, rule out ulcer with endoscopy and consider endoscopic ultrasound if a strong cancer history. You could have diabetic gastroparesis, t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Healthy diet: Healthy eating, water, fruit, vegetables are important for healthy bowel function. Constipation can be from poor diet or medical conditions.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Until abscess contro: Usually you docs will wait about 1 month after major surgery, and the IV antiobiotics are usually until infection is controlled ( normal WBC count ant... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Second opinion: If you are concerned about what to do, see a gastroenterologist, which is is a doctor that specailizes in non surgical treatment of gallstones. If th... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hematoma likely: May be some bleeding at the site, callthe center that did the biopsy and followup with the doctor that ordered the biopsy.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Unusual pain: A liver does not usually cause pain unless there is an hepatitis, enlarging cyst, abscess or tunor on the surface. An ultrasound is an easy screening ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Both: Get blood work and urinalysis. An abnormal parathyoid could lead to both.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Galbladder: Does the pain get worse when you eat? You could have gallbladder disease or gallstones.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hypertrophic scar: You may have an active hypertrophic scar and local massage with a moisteurizing skin cream may also help.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Second opinion: See a breast surgeon for a second opinion. The info you provided is not enough to determine treatment options.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Duct cyst: Usually this causes a persistant drainage from the belly button. This can usually be evaluated by a general surgeon. Sometimes an ultrasound is used... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Ultrasound: A pain usually worse with eating or late in day after big meal could be gallstones.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Nerve problem: You could have a problem with nerves going to your hand, or a more central nerve or microvascular problem. See a neurologist.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Breast pain: You could have painful swellinf from the hormone changes. Cut out caffiene, chocolate and take some antioxidant vitamins.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Fatty boobs: Your obesity may be increasing your body estrogen level diet and exercise should help. Also avoid drinking a lot of alcohol.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Ultrasound: An ultrasound is more sensitive for gallstones. A hida scan with Kinevac is more sensitive for biliary cholic ( gb pain). Some people have gilbert's... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Pelvic abscess: She could have a pelvic abscecc, this could be draine with a needle and ct scan. Call your surgeon and let them know about the rectal pain, take her... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Morning sickness: Early pregnancy can cause stress on the digestive system. Morning sickness is common. Avoid spicy food, caffiene, or alcohol. Do not take asa, or M... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Healthy diet: Not really. A healthy diet and drinking lots of water and getting exercise is good for regularity. Chronic laxative use makes the colon lazy. A sto... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hidradenitis: You may have ingrown hairs or a cyst. Try some antibiotic cream and loose fitting clothing. See your doctor if it does not go away.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
6 weeks: Your body should recover almost fully after 6 weeks and you could donate if you meet the other stiict criteria.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Stool softener, lose weight, avoid sitting on toilet for a lont time. Consider banding or surgery if they are causing any complications.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Braunstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Braunstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks Dr. Andrew, itchiness is finally gone, hopefully scar will heal
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Thanks for your quick reply! I've seen a Urologist Nephrologist & Gynaecologist! No diagnosis :( :(
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I m doing same, losing weight, diet, and bed elevating.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

Orlando Regional Medical Center

Residency

Orlando Regional Medical Center

Awards

Top General Surgeon , First Place, Florida - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Florida State University College of Medicine
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