Dr. Michael Sawyer

General Surgery
Lawton, OK
38 years experience male

Locations

Lawton Bariatrics - Memorial Medical Group General and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery

Lawton, OK

Address

The Outpatient Center Comanche County Memorial Hospital, 110 NW 31st Street Third Floor, Lawton, OK
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

5805107044

Lawton Bariatrics - Memorial Medical Group Surgery

MMG General Surgery

Lawton, OK

About

Bio

Grew up in Bayonne, NJ. Graduated St. Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City, NJ in 1977. Graduated the Virginia Military Institure, Lexington, VA in 1981. Graduated UMDNJ - Rutgers Univ. School of Medicine in 1985. Internship and residency at the Graduate Hospital - Univ. of Pa., Philadelphia, PA 1985-1990. Active duty Army for 12 years. Practice in Lawton, OK since 2004.Interests include my wife and kids, travel, surfing when I can get to the ocean, horses, cooking, farming, music, photography, all sports, music and reading. When not in the hopsital I am usually outside at the ranch doing something.

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

Breast Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Surgical Oncology

Licenses

United States: Oklahoma

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

235 Answers
283 Agrees
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Absolutely: These procedures are frequently performed in conjunction especially since both can be performed laparoscopically. It will require the presence of a gy... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Gerd is associated with hiatal hernias. Acid refluxes from the stomach to the distal esophagus in the chest since pressure is lower there. A defective... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: Gangrene of the gallbladder can occur. In acute cholecystitis with cystic duct obstruction, mounting pressure in the gallbladder essentially cuts of t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
When complicated: Most diverticulitis is successfully treated with antibiotics. Indications for surgery include free perforation with sepsis, an abscess that can't be t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Antibiotics?: Not sure why surgery couldn't be done. Appendectomy remains the treatment of choice. However, there is some evidence that uncomplicated appendicitis c... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not long: Most simple inguinal hernia operations should take well under an hour. In contrast , surgeons should not hurry through the operation. There is at leas... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
No: Should have no effect at all once healed.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Incisional hernias are possible after any kind of abdominal or pelvic surgery.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Typically : The vast majority of inguinal and femoral hernias require surgical repair especially if they are symptomatic. They will not improve without treatment.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably. Ventral hernia usually refers to a hernia that occurs in the anterior abdominal wall. These may be pri... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Definitely not: These always require repair.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: The most common symptoms include heartburn and sometimes regurgitation. Some epigastric discomfort may be present. If the hernia enlarges or esophagit... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: Umbilical hernias (navel hernia) can be either congenital or the result of weakening in that area due to increased pressure and abdominal wall thinnin... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See doc: Check with you surgeon to make sure all is well. Might not even be related to the hernia repair but they might want to do a barium swallow study or up... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Absolutely: Laparoscopic repair of hiatal hernias is very safe. Significant morbidity and mortality rates are very low. Complications related to the repair itself... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Component imbalance: The principal components of bile are water, bile salts, cholesterol and lecithin. Imbalance in these components causes precipitation and stone formati... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: Diarrhea early on after undergoing cholecystectomy is not unheard of and can happen in 5-10% of patients. It usually subsides spontaneously within 4-6... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Reflux of gastric acid and contents secondary to a hiatal hernia can occasionally reach all the way up to the top of the throat and mouth, even into t... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Depends: If you simply want mesh screen placed over the defect to prevent bowel or other abdominal contents from entering, laparoscopic incisional herniorrhaph... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Colonoscopy: You do not need colon surgery at this time. Based on your family history you should definitely get a screening colonoscopy.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
No way: General anesthesia will be much better for you. Also would be extremely difficult for surgeon with awake struggling patient. Won't be able to get adeq... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Re-evaluate: He needs an immediate re-evaluation for possible complications of diverticulitis including abscess formation and colon obstruction. Will likely requir... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not normal: Esophageal spasms are not normal. Not a reason for emergent concern but please follow up with your surgeon and discuss your symptoms. You might be adv... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
No: Acid reflux cannot kill you. The most serious complication is the development of barrett esophagus, or esophageal metaplasia, which can be a precursor... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Can't feel: Grade 1 and 2hemorrhoids are internal. They cannot be felt externally. Symptoms are bleeding and occasionally a sense of fullness or constipation. Gr... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: Pregnancy is a common time to develop gallstones due to changes in cholesterol and bile metabolism and other factors. The only proven reliable way to ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: If the hernia has reduced (gone back in) and the pain is gone, should not need a hospital visit at this time. If the hernia is still protruding or if ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Symptoms: Gallstones are found frequently now due to the large number of CT scans and ultrasounds that are done. If you have gallstones and have symptoms due to... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Don't worry: Clostridium difficile infection results when that pathogenic bacterium overgrows in your colon. The most common cause is antibiotic administration. It... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Should be ok: Especially if well cooked it should not make you ill after left out only for 8 hours. If you develop abdominal pain, diarrhea or fever notify your do... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Surgeon: See a surgeon who does a high volume of breast surgery. You need a complete physical breast examination and history. Based on that you may get additio... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: Most typically pain is in the right upper quadrant under the ribs. Postprandial pain where you are describing could be gallstones, gastritis, ulcers, ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Doctor visit: Given your history and age grade iii to IV hemorrhoids are most likely. Full thickness rectal prolapse would be rare. Only a physician can differentia... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not bad: Most importantly you are not having high fever spikes. Continue with treatment and this should resolve in 3 to 5 days.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: They should be normal. You may be advised to take stool softeners if you are taking narcotic pain medications as they can be associated with constipat... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Could be: After lap chole a period of doing well followed by a period of not doing well is atypical. Don't get too excited right now since no fever or worsening... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Could be: Cea or carcinoembryonic antigen is a tumor marker and when elevated is concerning but not specific for colon cancer. Continue with the diagnostics and... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Get checked: Most frequently what you are describing can be due to an anal fissure or hemorrhoids with thrombosis or both. A simple exam by a physician should help... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Surgical repair: Significant regurgitation or frank vomiting due to a hiatal hernia usually does not respond well to acid reducing drugs or other medications. These ki... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not much: Since these procedures can be accomplished concurrently and laparoscopically, postoperative restrictions should be minimal. You will probably be advis... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: The esophageal hiatus is an anatomical feature traversed by the esophagus on its way from the chest to the abdomen. When muscles and ligaments that de... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Multiple: The most common causes for an umbilical hernia include stretching and thinning of the abdominal wall with increased intraabdominal pressure. The class... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
See below: The attached picture is worth 400 characters. The large, floppy, stretchable part of the stomach is removed, leaving a narrowed, cylindrical structure... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Believe doc: Slowing or cessation of diarrhea and no high grade fevers are good signs. Stay the course.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: I can think of no reason why you could not drink flax seed tea.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
No: It's not bad unless you have severe kidney or cardiac disease. Homeostatic mechanisms of those organs will cause you to urinate off excess fluid.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Could be: Could still be appendicitis. Other possibilities include mess enteric adenitis, urinary tract infection, possibly even ovarian cyst. Get checked.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Hcg levels routinely checked on women of child bearing age. However appendectomy is usually performed on an emergency basis. Appendicitis is a threat ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Possible infection: Bands are immature forms of neutrophils and are produced by bone marrow in higher numbers most frequently as a response to infection. Remember this is... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Short term: The bone scan uses a small amout of radioactive tracer which may hang around for a short time. Most radiologists recommend no close contact with small... Read More
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Jul 17, 2013
great answers!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. sawyer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. sawyer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Yes-- had cholecystectomy 3 wks ago! Path showed chronic! Feel better
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Thanks for your quick reply! thanks I know its rare to have a polyp my age im just glad its gonenow
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you, I get paranoid and still cough here and there to help clear

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

The Graduate Hospital - Univ. of Pa.
Completed 1990

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Oklahoma - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Lawton Region, OK - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Oklahoma - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American College Of Surgeons
American Society For Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery
American Hernia Society
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