Dr. Allen Kamrava

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Beverly Hills, CA
17 years experience male

About

Bio

Allen Kamrava M.D. earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at University of California, Los Angeles. His studies continued in Philadelphia, where he completed a dual graduate degree in medicine and business administration at Temple University’s School of Medicine, and The Fox School of Business. He then completed his General Surgical residency at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Kamrava continued his training with a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania where he fulfilled his lifelong desire of obtaining a highly specialized skill set. The University of Pennsylvania is the major tertiary care center in the tri-state region and Dr. Kamrava learned the advanced skills needed to treat complex colon and rectal diseases. He simultaneously received certification in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques. Dr. Kamrava’s clinical research interests include the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, advanced colorectal cancers, and complex anal diseases. He is also developing methods for improving healthcare workflows and efficiencies. His specialized training in colorectal surgery and his advance education in business administration allow him to provide both advanced and time-tested solutions for his patients and the system as a whole. Dr. Kamrava is board certified.

Specialties
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Colon and Rectal Surgery

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

397 Answers
117 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
No: You can catch hepatitis from somebody else. Hepatitis can lead to jaundice, but you can't directly catch jaundice from somebody else.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: If not complicated, not ruptured and a healthy patient - six hours to a day.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
You can't: You can limit diverticulosis with a fiber rich diet. You cannot prevent divertidulitis which is inflammation of your diverticulas. The are some... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Converse: The converse is true - diabetes can potentiate the complications of diverticulitis.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Yes and no: Unless you are stage IV disease, the answer is yes and no. If stage IV - depends on a whole host of factors.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
You don't: Can't be done. It's just bad luck.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Many types: There are many types of fistulas. Need to be more specific.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Hepatitis a is transferred via fecal to oral route.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Generally - yes: Depends what the actual solution is you are considering. As a broad category - yes. We do this routinely to prepare patients for colonoscopy. Flee... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Ask your doc: Ask your doctor. If either of these is giving you problems, you should not be self diagnosing yourself.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Depends on the stage: Colon cancer is staged. The stages dictate survival rates which are calculated based on a five year survival rate.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
No: Diverticulosis is a common finding with a western diet. If it stays as it is, you should be able to live a normal life. For most people this is the ca... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Ointments: 50% of fissure will heal on their own without any help from us. Ointments we give are used to relax the muscles, that are squeezing too much to allow ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
All Different: Fissure: think paper cut in your anus hemorrhoids: think varicose veins in the anus fistula: much more complex - think aberrant tract from rectu... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
It doesn't : It doesn't unless you have a specific problem.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
It can: Not always, but yet it can, usually in advanced stages.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Less than an hour: Less than an hour at most.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Nest of Hair: Pilus literally is the latin word for nest. It is a nest of hair in the gluteal cleft. 79, 000 soldiers had this disease during world war ii. It was c... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
None: No study has demonstrated that any food is associated with causing diverticulitis. Enjoy whatever it is that you enjoy. If you're going to get a re... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Recommended: The operation when you are not actively infected has better outcomes. One of the most difficult and common complications of surgery for pilonidal dise... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
May need new ointmen: There is another ointment to try or consider the surgery.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
No but: It can help with your recovery from surgery but not change the cancer itself.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Surgery: Time for a surgeon to remove your affected colon.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Air V. Blood: Pneumo: air hemo: blood thorax: chest cavity.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Discussion needed: Stage iii colon cancer does have a well defined 5-year survival rate with appropriate chemotherapy. However the chances that there is tumor spread... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Complex problem: This is a rectovaginal fistula. You really need to see a specialist for this as there are numerous causes. Depending on the cause and location a surge... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Symptoms: Pain, drainage, swollen, enlarging, redness, pus, fluid, cyst like.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Yes, absolutely: The majority of stage 2 colon cancer patients are cured with the surgery alone. A smaller group of stage 2 colon cancers have already spread, but a... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
No: 10 year follow up after a colonoscopy is routine. It depends when your father was diagnosed with colon cancer. Still yet, you are at an age that an... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Yes. Has nothing to do with one another. There are other reasons not to drink regular soda, but diverticulitis is not one of them.
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A member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Pelvic Floor: There are a few pelvic floor pain syndromes that can cause symptoms like this. If suggest visiting a colorectal surgeon for further eval and work up.
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A female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: If you have had two attacks before and this seems consistent, then yes. Or at the minimum, get in touch with your primary care physician and discuss. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Psyllium Fiber: If you want to only care for this without any surgical intervention, then psyllium fiber or an equivalent is likely the best treatment for long term. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Yes, but won't cure : Yes, you can "pop" it - but that will not provide for a cure. It will likely come back. It is best to see a physician in this situation to ensure ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Recurrence: Two main risks: 1. Recurrent infection at some point, that would cause it to become bigger over time. But you aren't having this 2. There is a ver... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Exam: There are no tests. History and exam should suffice to make the diagnosis.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Pain : Sharp pain with defecation. Blood on toilet paper or in the bowel. Pain is usually worse with bowel movements.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
See your surgeon: Ask your surgeon. It depends on the procedure. If it was a lay open technique, then probably not. Ultimately, your surgeon will know what techniqu... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
See a doctor: You have been issues for some time now. I'd recommend you have an appointment with a physician for further discussion in person.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Completely different: 2 completely different entities. One is due to an infection from hair, the other due to cells from embryologic origin.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Very rare: There is a vary rare occurrence of squamous cell cancer is long term chronic wounds (> 10 years). It is something to be aware about, but very rare... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Usually not: It is possible that you have such an inflammed fissure that this can happen. In extreme cases, inflammation surrounding the fissures does occur. H... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
You don't: Pilonidal cysts need to be fully excised from your body. This should not be done on your own - you can cause significant complications. I strongly urg... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Psyllium Fiber: If you want to only care for this without any surgical intervention, then psyllium fiber or an equivalent is likely the best treatment for long term. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Surgery: The only treatment for pilonidal disease is surgery. There are numerous surgeries offered for this. Ultimately, it will be what your surgeon is most c... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
See your doctor: Not possible to provide you sound medical advice with that description. Would suggest you follow up with your primary care physician.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Sounds Right: In the age of ct scans, more and more people are getting scanned but the reality is that diverticulitis can be diagnosed without a scan. Maintain c... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Anything possible: If it is adhesions, consider a upper GI with small bowel follow through. They are sure you don't have a hernia? That is more likely, but should ha... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: There are many reasons for pelvic laparoscopy. By and large the wounds do not hurt much, as they are small incisions. Depending on the procedure you a... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 17 years experience
Change fiber: The fiber can be causing the symptoms. Try decreasing the dosage or changing fibers completely. Diverticulosis, other than the occasional bleed, i... Read More
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Testimonials
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Feb 27, 2013
A highly skilled surgeon and compassionate and down to earth physician. I highly recommend him.
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Mar 7, 2013
He answered my question clearly,wisely ad supportively .he also advised me to proceed with my drs.health plans.highly recommend this dr. based on this question.
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Feb 28, 2013
A very knowledgable and caring doctor. He spent a great amount of time explaining my condition to me. Great bedside manner. I highly recommend him.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I went to have a checkup and the doctor said I had fissures in my rectum which is causing the pain.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! What does it mean when you make a bowl movement but you cant get it to pass but yellow mucus
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have no other option as steroids even not working and my doctor is going to remove colon. Plz hlp

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 2006MD

Medical/Graduate school

Fox School of Business
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL - LOS ANGELES

Awards

Health Grades Honor Roll
Top Doctor, Second Place, Los Angeles, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Los Angeles, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
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