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Dr. Carson Liu

General Surgery
Santa Monica, CA
35 years experience male

Locations

Dr Carson Liu

Santa Monica, CA

Address

1301 20th Street, #440, Santa Monica, CA, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(310) 208-0374

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About

Bio

Specializing in minimally invasive surgery, weight loss and general 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.

General Surgery

Bariatrics

Cosmetic Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

46 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Appendicitis & back: spme patients can have back pain with appendicitis, especially when the appendix lies behind the Cecum (beginning of colon). Irritation of Psoas muscl... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
GERD vs GB: Your slow gallbladder (GB) might cause heartburn or GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, but an endoscopy and 24 he pH study will help evaluate for ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Colon or Gyn Pain: Left sided pain is usual your sigmoid colon (diverticulitis) or your ovaries or Fallopian tube. I would see a Ob/Gyn and get an ultrasound of your ova... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Splenic Vein Problem: You should get an ultrasound Doppler Duplex to make sure there's isn't a blood clot in the splenic vein. (Splenic Vein Thrombosis)
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Injury ribs, spleen: it can be your ribs, muscles to your ribs, lungs or spleen. If you had an injury, any of these could have been injured. Please see a doctor for a work... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Pain after GB rem: if you are having similar pain, get some blood work looking at your liver function and pancreas function. These are simple blood tests to see if a ret... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hernias: Hernias can protrude with weight loss. The fat that was plugging the opening may shrink and allow fat or abdominal organs to protrude. You should star... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Might be appendiciti: low grade fevers, nausea and diarrhea might be appendicitis especially with right sided abdominal pain. You should go to the ER and be evaluated with ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Time for a CT scan: Some people can have scar tissue develop to the abdominal wall/rib area. This is fixable. A CT scan with IV contrast should be acquired to make sure i... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Lap Appy recovrry: Recovery can be quick after a lap appendectomy. Newer access ports split in between muscle fibers and minimize bleeding and pain. We also use more of ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
High BP: You can change your diet and walk everyday. If you are overweight, try to lose a few pounds. Eat more vegetables and fruit. Do not eat salty foods. A... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Fevers?: Are you having fevers or chills? Do you know what your bilirubin was before? These labs warrant further investigation especially if you have any symp... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Inguinal hernia: It may be a very small Inguinal hernia starting. If it bothers you, a physical exam by a doctor should help determine if there is a hernia starting. A... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Edema: It can be related to your heart not being able to keep up and the fluid backs up into your legs. You should also make sure some has checked your thyro... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hernias development : Colonoscopy injects a lot of air into the colon and increases intravenous-abdominal pressure. If you have a hernia, the increased pressure will cause... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Allergy to Cipro (ciprofloxacin): if you have a hive that you suspect is from Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) I would stop. Notify the doctor so they can chart it in your records. 4.5 days is m... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Either Doc: pulsating pain can be many things and either doctor can order tests such as an ultrasound to examine the area. If that doesn't help, a CT scan can hel... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hiatal hernia pain: Ativan (lorazepam) helps you to relax and it may help with the hiatal hernia that slides up and down the diaphragm area. The majority of your pain is... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Barium UGI and Manom: Barium Upper GI to start and esophageal manometry will easily determine which one you have.
A female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Stomach ulcer: You sound like you may have an ulcer starting or gastritis. You should see a doctor to start medical treatment. You may need endoscopy if you blood co... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Enlarged gallbladder: Gallbladder is located beneath your lower edge of your ribs on the right side. It can enlarge if gallstones block it.
A male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Peritonitis Symtoms: Peritonitis will cause excruciating pain and usually associated with infection in the abdomen. Bleeding can be from hemorrhoids. Anal fissures tend to... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hiatal Hernia: Hiatal hernia will slowly stretch and may give you symptoms. It may run in families. If your parents have GERD, then you may develop GERD. No need to ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hernia: It might be a hernia or the beginning of diastasis recti. A surgeon can evaluate and remedy the problem.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Bowel Movements : Having 1-3 bowel movements (BM) per day is normal and healthy. There is a gastrocolic (Stomach-colon) reflex that occurs after meals causing a BM afte... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Retained gallstones: you may have a retained gallstone in the common bile duct. Your doctor can check Liver Function Tests (LFT) to check. If elevated, GI doc can get the ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Cinnamon & metabolism: Cinnamon doesn't boost metabolism (ie for weight loss), but it does improve sugar processing by making cells more sensitive to insulin, by 20 fold in ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hiatal Hernia: Most patients with heartburn can have a hiatal hernia, a herniation of part of stomach through the diaphragm. Another source of pain is esophageal ulc... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Diverticulitis: You should see a surgeon who can evaluate the extent of disease with your sigmoid colon. If you have had more than two attacks, it's time to have that... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Swollen adenoids: Yes. Adults can get adenoid swelling along with tonsillitis. An ENT specialist should be sought out if you are having recurrent infections or having p... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Gallstones?: You may have an infection caused by gallstones. This would contribute to your mental decline and worsening of pain after meals. I would get an ultras... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Pancreatitis : It could be inflammation of your pancreas. You can get a blood draw to check on your lipase level. It can also be a stomach ulcer or irritation. The p... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Thymus: you should get a repeat CT scan to see the mass. Your thymus gland is usually there.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Non visualized GB: If you have not eaten for awhile, you can see non-visualization of the gallbladder during a HIDA scan. It basically means that this is an inconclusive... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
GERD, hiatal hernia: Tou may have a hiatal hernia and you most likely have gastriesophageal reflux disease. This is fixable. You should get a barium upper GI study to exa... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Bloody BM: Blood in your bowel movements should be characterized. Is it blood streaked. Small bowel bleeding usually causes black bowel movements unless you are ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Wound drainage: Fluid from the wound can signify healing problem at that incision site. Please see your surgeon. It's either a fluid collection, infection or a future... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Bloating can be obst: You have lost a lot of weight and bloating can be a sign of a partial bowel obstruction caused by an INTERNAL HERNIA. Please get a CT scan with contra... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Left Lower Abd Pain: Left lower abdominal pain may be related to your colon. You may have diverticulitis or constipation. This may also be caused by low back pain problems... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Magnesium and PEG: I would try taking some drinks with magnesium, such as Calm. A lot of people are deficient in magnesium. This is why Milk of Magnesia works as a laxa... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Sleep Apnea: You should have a sleep study performed and check for sleep apnea. The airway obstructs during sleep. Weight loss can help get rid of it or you can be... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
ER v pulmonologist: please take her back to the ER if she is in distress, having problems breathing.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: There are specialists who perform 1st rib resections. It will help quite a bit and alleviate most if not all of your symptoms.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hiatal hernia : Walking after a meal should help. Eating small meals more frequently may also help. Sleeping with your head and body on pillows will help at night. Al... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Colace (docusate sodium) stool softene: Colace (docusate sodium) is very safe as a stool softener. Try to incorporate more water and eat more fruit and vegetables into your diet.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
General Surgery 35 years experience
Orthostatic Hypotens: Multiple causes of orthostatic hypotension include dehydration, cardiac issues, and carotid blood flow issues. Your doc should start a work up.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Liu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Liu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) it also will kinda nice in front of it, but then I can't feel the back
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) I need more info, I sent a message request. but at least its possible
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Thanx Dr Liu! i'll follow ur suggestions,regards,Sunny

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Graduated 1991MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Chicago
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Residency

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Awards

Super Doctors Los Angeles
American Diabetes Association
Top General Surgeon, Second Place, California - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
American Society for Bariatric Surgery
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