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Dr. Randy Stevens

General Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
25 years experience male

Locations

St. christopher's Hospital for children

Philadelphia, PA

Address

Cardiac Center, Erie at Front Street, Philadelphia, PA, US
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

United healthcare

About

Bio

Pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery.

Specialties
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General Surgery

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Languages spoken

English

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Pediatric dentist: 5 year olds are just about ready to lose the front teeth. Certainly trauma or bumping it could be the cause of this bump. Warts would be unlikely bu... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Needs close followup: Tongue cancer is difficult to diagnose and your doctor feels you are at risk. If you have leukoplaque there are already changes on your tongue. If y... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Pharmacist: Talk to your pharmacist. Compliance with medications is very hard. As you need to take a birth control pill and you take a pill for diabetes it will... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Ascites: Mist likely you had a scan of your abdomen? They may be looking for cancer or an explanation for increase in abdominal size. Finding ascites means t... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Drawer signs, laxity: Your doctor is looking to see if the knee joint has laxity or weakness in the ligaments that hold the knee joint in position. A positive test usually... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Beginning size : When you say you are 1 cm remember thats the beginning size of your cervix. Is this your first pregancy. If so, really try to relax and continue to ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Not good to smoke: Smoking is a very addictive habit. It causes changes in your body from the nicotine. This raises your blood pressure and causes spasm of your arteri... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Bright red blood can be from hemorrhoids and anal fissures. It depends on your age and risk of cancer. Seeing your doctor tomorrow is an excellent p... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Pharmacist: Your friend got the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot and should not need to continue to taking the pill. The shot will work over time however ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Topical tacrolimus: Often people who do not operate cannot appreciate how important it is to have healthy skin for people in the operating room. Healthy skin for you is ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Keep walking: When people exercise cramps are a common compliant. Usually a short period of rest relieves the pain. If it does not then see your doctor. Most of ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Past predicts future: If you have a family history of problems with general anesthesia tell your doctor. Most patients tolerate the gerneral anesthesia well. Try to have ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Radiology study.: Blood tests will be able to tell you if you have a chronic condition causing inflammation. An elevated white blood count, c reactive ptlrotein etc. ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
It is not tight: Depending on the hernia location the mesh can move some. The purpose of the mesh is to act like a barrier. It should not be tight or it would tear. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Fish: Fish oil is only part of the fish. Fish oil alone is only part of your therapy.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Constant vs contract: Appendicitis is at first a generalized pain that starts in the peri umbilical area. As the appendix ruptures the pain may move from the right side gr... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
See doctor: You have been having pain for 1 year in the abdomen with relief after defecation. See your doctor. It is good that you note relief with defecation h... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Talk to your doctor: You are probably concerned about the risks of medications for your unborn child and that is completely understandable. If you have these concerns sha... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Dizziness: Vertigo is a sensation of movement or dizziness when you have no reason to be. Image how you feel as a kid when you would quickly spin and then stop.... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Diverticulitis: What you are describing could be from many different ailments. Sometimes diverticulitis can cause diffuse pain. It could be many other things. Your... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Pancreas: After your gallbladder has been removed you can still form stones or sludge that causes pain. Getting pain after eating around 30-40 minutes may be r... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Time: Unfortunately there is no way to rid adhesions. They appear to form the most during the inflammation period following surgery. Like the first 6 mont... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Endoscope: Endoscopy is a procedure that can be done by a specialist or a surgeon. A specialist like gastroenterologist can perform endoscopy. A surgeon can pe... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Cyst: Simple cysts can appear when the fluid of a hair follicle becomes trapped. As the fluid builds up it creates a soft mass. Squeezing it can release t... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Potassium: Usually sudden pains that come and go are nerves or muscle under pressure. It can also be a sign of low electrolytes such as potassium.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Sedation: oral surgeons will use a method of anesthesia called sedation. You may not require general anesthesia where you go to sleep and a breathing tube is p... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Normal: Warm skin may be from an active lifestyle. You mentioned that you are not having fevers and that you are healthy. Medical conditions such as hyper... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
No easy answer: Rejection after any transplant can be caused be the body recognizing the transplant as foreign (not belonging). Your body will always be fighting aga... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Get insurance: This is an important time for you to get insurance. In michigan the weather is very cold. If you have an accident while driving any hospital bill wi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Depo shot: You are asking about the chances of pregnancy while receiving the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot. And your are asking about ectopic pregnancy... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Talk to ob/gyn: These are important symptoms to talk to your obstetrician. You are having stomach pains and heartburn during your pregnancy. This is not uncommon. Y... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Bleeding risk: You are 43 and relatively young for a heart attack. You live in iowa. It is likely that your stent requires that you take plavix, (clopidogrel) a p... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Involve: Involve palliative care early before illness to set your own goals. Bring family to hear.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
2 weeks to 1month: Ileostomy is usually performed for obstructing cancer or blockage. Also for ulcerative colitis. After having an ileostomy the incision will heal fro... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Celiac: While most of your symptoms are general the nausea and vomiting could be a sign of celiac disease. We know celiac is under diagnosed. This can be te... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Celiac or more: Celiac disease can be tested for and requires that you see your doctor for the blood work. It can be more than just celiac and different people have ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Most likely: When you have a urinary tract infection there can be inflammation and irritation. As you wipe more frequently you may have skin breakdown. This shou... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Mesacol: Ulcerative colitis is inflammatory bowel disease. Unfortunately what we understand about uc is that a flare up can occur even while taking medication... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Hernia: Usually hernia pain associated with straining or bearing down. If the hernia is large enough that you reduce it yourself then it is unlikely to be in... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Drink water: One of the functions of the large intestine is to extract water from stool to help retain water in the body. We are 70-80% water. If you are dehydra... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Infect hair follicle: You notice pain and now swelling in the nipple area. You could have an infected hair follicle from your shirt rubbing. Keep the area clean. Use a t... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Barrett's Esophagus: Acid reflux is a concern for changes in the lining of your esophagus. Over time it can cause permanent damage to the lining of your esophagus and has... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Childrens hospital: You live in phoenix. There is a children's hospital. Ask your pediatrician for a GI referral. Burping and difficulty digesting could be celiac dise... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Klatskin tumor: Most likely someone you know has been diagnosed with a rare tumor of the biliary tree. It may be klatskin tumor. It is a tumor of the biliary tree (... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Past predicts future: Most patients tolerate general anesthesia very well and behave appropriately. If you drink alcohol often, if you use ilicit drugs, or use herbal medi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
For pain: Lortab is a common for pain. After your laparoscopic or open gallbladder removal your surgeon wanted to give you the option for pain control. If you... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Not concerned: Sinus rinses may cause fluid to build up in your eustachian tubes and change the pressure in your ear. That causes the crackling noise similar to whe... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Hernia muscle strain: Self limiting pains that radiate and force us to stop moving can be from a hernia or from exertion and muscle strain. Common hernia's in women are fe... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Talk to pharmacist: If you have acid reflux you first can try to optimize the therapy. You can use a h2 blocker or a pph (proton pump inhibitor). It is possible that in... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Has she seen doctor?: Laz-ax500 is azithromycin. This is an antibiotic. It has a long half life so taking it for 5 days is equal to a 14 day regimen. It will treat a bac... Read More
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Dec 1, 2014
Dr. Stevens is a an active and enthusiastic dispenser of wisdom and is generous with his support. It's great to share webspace with him if this wonderful community.
Aug 27, 2013
I recommend Dr. Stevens. He is clearly a very knowledgeable surgeon. He is providing a valuable service to the public on Health tap. I endorse Dr. Stevens.
Mar 30, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
HealthTap member
Thanks for answering! I was spitting blood in the AM and still am. I also have annoying pain in my right lower rib section, im 27. So far no idea whats causing it but thats all that was found so far....Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I tried 2 times to do the prep, and am praying for my 3rd to finally clean me out. My 1st colon., found 5 polops(spelling?) which were benein thank god !!
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Thank you so much Doctor for answering. I'll mind that in future. Could you please explain though why that happened to my eye? I had a lot of lab works from 2010 to 13. Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Residency

University of Kentucky, Department of Surgery

Residency

Yale-New Haven Hospital

Residency

Yale-New Haven Hospital

Awards

“Continental Who’s Who in America” - March 2009
“America’s Top Surgeons” - January 2009, 2010
American Association of Thoracic Surgery Resident Traveling Fellowship Grant - September 2005

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
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