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Dr. Todd Woltman

Surgery
Olympia, WA
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Olympia, WA

Address

3290 Capital Mall Dr SW #203, Olympia, WA
Directions

Fax

3602361456

Insurances accepted

Aetna

BlueCross BlueShield

UnitedHealthcare

About

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.

Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery

General Surgery

Wound care

Doctor Q&A

49 Answers
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Hernia?: Possibilities include a hernia. However, musculoskeletal pain in this area is incredibly common. This can usually be delineated on physical exam.
A member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: As long as the bacteria is sensitive to amoxicillin.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Maybe: It is hard to tell. Most pe are from leg DVT (clots). People with leg DVT may have swelling and or leg discomfort.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
It depends.: It depends on the size of the tumor. Most surgeons agree that total thyroidectomy is preferable, although there are dissenters. This allows treatment ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
None: With uncomplicated lithotripsy, return to work the following day is reasonable.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Yes.: Dark, fould smelling stools are consistent with bleeding. Medical care should be sought.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Bleeding: This should be urgently addressed. Having an inr at this levels greatly increasing the chance of having life-threatening bleeding.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
No.: External hemorrhoids and skin tags are not treated with banding, rather excision. Banding is most helpful for symptomatic internal hemorrhoids.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Maybe: Depending on what you are talking about, nerve grafting may be possible.
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
UCSF: The university of california sf group has the most experience.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Contact the VA: If you are having problems that may be service related, you should contact the va.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
NO: That is a bad idea.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
No.: This is a diagnosis typically made with physical exam and imaging. A preoperative biopsy is typically no helpful or necessary.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Effective: It is not first line therapy. Control of blood sugars and infection is primary. Additionally, studies should be done to evaluate blood flow to rule ou... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Incisions/scope: Use of instruments and a scope through very small incisions to minimized pain and scarring.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
NO.: Most colon cancers, if caught early, are very treatable. Even cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes is often responsive to chemotherapy. Preventio... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
See below: L. Carbon monoxide intoxication 2. Decompression illness 3. Gas embolism 4. Gas gangrene 5. Traumatic peripheral ischemia. 6. Crush injuries, sev... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Duct obstruction?: The same process contributing to the outlet obstruction, whether mass or inflammation, is likely causing obstruction of the bile duct, leading to jaun... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: 1 excess intake 2 hemochromatosis, a condition leading to accumulation of iron. Treated with medications and phlebotomy, or periodic removal of blood... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Seek medical help: Anybody with bright red blood from the rectum should seek medical attention. While possibly and likely from internal hemorrhoids, there are other more... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Maybe: Gas bloat is common after fundoplication. Most people with reflux are aerophagic (they swallow air) and this behavior persists after surgery. The oper... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
NO: Unless you have some deformity such as scoliosis are your stature is unlikely to be contributing to such problems.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: You will be provided with special, static free clothing. This prevents static and sparking, which is dangerous in a high oxygen environment.
A member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
See medical help: This could be something minor or something quite serious. You should go to the er.
A member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Maybe: It sound like he has developed an incarceration, meaning something is stuck in the hernia. If it is a portion of the intestine, then yes it is serious... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Predicting the future is difficult. Without treatment, it ranges from weeks to months depending on the individual. This should be discussed with your ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: This is called a seroma and is very common. Typically, this will resolve on its own without intervention.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Sinus pressure: You most likely have an inflammation of the sinus lining and the sinus may be full of material. This will feel like pressure in the forehead and behin... Read More
A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
See your surgeon.: The cause depends on how long ago the operation was. Diarrhea in the early post-operative period is not unusual. Occasionally, diarrhea can be caused ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Not likely.: This was a common practice in the past. There is no strong evidence to support this practice outside of special circumstances, i.e. Genetic issues.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Diabetes is a risk factor for post-operative complications, especially infections. This is especially true if your diabetes is not well controlled.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Possible bile block: This may be caused by a obstructed bile duct, most commonly from a passed gallstone. This should not be ignored. A visit to the er is in order.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Not likely: Chemotherapy is typically not used for stage ii colon cancers. Additionally, patients with msi mutations seem to be poor responders to the chemotherap... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
A few days.: It is not unusual to have loose stools after this type of operation. If it lasts more than a few days you should contact your surgeon. Occasionally, t... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Coumadin (warfarin) prevents clot formation. Typically clots in the lung have travelled from the leg. Without Coumadin (warfarin) the risk of addition... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Normal: Those values are absolutely normal.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Absolutely: Obesity causes or contributes to an abundance of medical conditions that can shorten life, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Unlikely: If she truely had her period, she is unlikely to get pregnant with this cycle.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Find a new doctor: If you are unhappy with your doctor you should find someone else. It is important to have a good relationship with your doctor. Sometimes this simply ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Oxygen under pressur: This is the delivery of oxygen under pressure, meaning greater than atmospheric pressure at sea level. This allows much greater delivery of oxygen int... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Avoid them.: In general, a healthy balanced diet with adequate protein and calories makes supplements and unnecessary and expensive addition. Most of the supplemen... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Surgery of intestine: Gi surgery, or gastrointestinal surgery, is treatment of the GI tract including the esophagus, stomach, intestine, anus, liver and gallbladder.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Possible infection: There may have been formation of a cystic cavity that can get infected, occasionally, excision of the piercing tract is necessary.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
See ENT: You should see an ear, nose and throat surgeon. If you are having sinus issues there are procedures to address them.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Filter: The essentially act as a filter to trap oganisms or act as a site where oganisms are brought by certain immune cells. Here, the body forms antibodies ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on how it is fixed. In most cases immediately.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: It depends more on the patients underlying health rather than age. There are 60 year olds who will do poorly and 80 year olds who do well. It depends ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Incisions/scope: Use of instruments and a scope through very small incisions to minimize pain and scarring.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Woltman
Surgery 31 years experience
Not necessarily: It all depend on your underlying medical problems. In experienced hands, this is a safe operation. Studies suggest higher complications in this age gr... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Woltman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Woltman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I went to Whole foods and bought non alcoholic beverages and am actually excited! Thank you!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I was contemplating going to the ER and now I will for sure.
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For year he been messing me up with Brocken words I'm sick like dsy 1

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Graduated 1998MD

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University
Graduated 1994MD

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

University of Wisconsin Hospitals

Awards

Patient's Choice Award, PatientsChoice.org
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
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